Apple Watch Series 6; All you need to know!

 

Published on 19th September

Introduced in 2015, the original Apple Watch was quite the revolution when it came to wearable tech. It made a lot of sense. So many of us wear a watch. Why not make it ‘Smart’? After all, analog, as well as digital watches, are quite limited in their functionality. Why not think beyond a hand moving in circles around a dial or a pixelated screen that seems to be functional, but pales in comparison to what modern tech is capable of?

The Apple Watch is the perfect solution to the problem of too much real estate being used for lesser functionality in normal timepieces. Powered by Apple’s Watch OS, it’s a wearable companion that expands the capabilities of your phone to a highly convenient article you can wear on your wrist for easy and quick access.

Introduced in the September of 2020, the Apple Watch Series 6 or the 6th generation of this innovative product is the current flagship offering by Apple, along with the more basic Series 3 and the larger SE, based on the Series 6. Let’s take a closer look at this wonderful piece of tech!

Apple Watch Series 6 Review

Apple Watch Series 6 Review
Apple Watch Series 6 (GPS, 40mm) – (Product) RED – Aluminum Case with (Product) RED – Sport Band (Image: Amazon)

Key Features

  • A large number of custom watch face styles and designs to choose from. This is a watch at the end of the day!
  • A wide range of apps ranging from fitness & sleep tracking to entertainment types.
  • Choice of Silver, Space Gray, Gold, Blue, and RED colors for the aluminum version.
  • Choice of Silver, Graphite (DLC) & Gold (PVD) colors for the stainless steel version.
  • Choice of Titanium and Space Black (DLC) colors for the Titanium version.
  • Ceramic & Sapphire Crystal for crack and scratch-proof construction.
  • Blood oxygen sensor via the Blood Oxygen app.
  • ECG functionality using the ECG app and the electrical & optical heart sensor.
  • Speaker and Microphone which enables call functionality in conjunction with mobile GSM, HSPA & LTE support.
  • Emergency SOS & Emergency Calling feature, including international emergency calling.

 

Specifications

Dimensions 40 x 34 x 10.7 mm / 44 x 38 x 10.4 mm.
Construction Aluminium / Stainless-steel / Titanium frame, Sapphire Crystal front, Ceramic / Sapphire Crystal back.
Display Always-On Retina LTPO OLED, 759 sq mm Display / 977 sq mm Display, 324 x 394 Pixels / 448 x 368 Pixels.
Platform Watch OS 7.0, Upgradeable to 7.6.
Internals S6 SiP with 64-bit dual-core processor.
Memory 32 GB Internal, 1 GB RAM.
Battery Li-Ion 303.8 mAh (1.17 Wh), non-removable, 18 Hours.
Water Resistance 50m.
Communication/Network Facilities GSM, HSPA, LTE, 2G, 3G & 4G Support, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, dual-band Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC.
Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, heart rate (3rd gen), barometer, always-on altimeter, compass, SpO2, VO2max.

How Much Does The Apple Watch Series 6 Cost?

The price of the Apple Watch Series 6 is dependent on the choices of materials (Aluminium, Stainless Steel, or Titanium), case size (40mm or 44mm), and whether you choose to get the GPS-only version or the GPS + Cellular version.

Material Functionality 40mm 44mm
Aluminum GPS $399 $429
  GPS + Cellular $499 $529
Stainless-Steel GPS $749 $799
  GPS + Cellular $799 N/A
Titanium GPS $799 $849
  GPS + Cellular $849 $899

Note: These are prices for the standard Apple Watch Series 6. The special editions, including the Nike and Hermès editions, cost considerably more, with the most expensive costing up to $1499. Also, these are the official prices. They can change depending on the vendor.

Ratings

The Apple Watch Series 6 gets a fantastic 4.8/5 for its beautiful construction, technological innovations within, as well as its well planned and usable interface.

What We Like

  • The Always-On display just makes it more convenient and usable overall.
  • The rectangular design with soft edges makes for one of the best case shapes for a smartwatch specifically. It just works better than let’s say, a round case.
  • The choice of bands and ease of changing them. 
  • The ceramic and sapphire glass makes it virtually scratch-proof and much more resistant to cracks, which really does provide peace of mind while going about on the day-to-day routine while wearing it.
  • The innovative ability to perform an ECG and monitor the blood oxygen levels. This is extremely special and is something that can truly contribute to the field of healthcare technology.
  • The vast array of apps and features contribute towards health, entertainment, and convenience.

What We Wish We Could Improve

  • The same scratch & crack-resistant surface also happens to be a fingerprint and smudge magnet. It is a very minor flaw, however.
  • The price. While this is a very common criticism which Apple takes all the time, but one that is worth mentioning as it can seem a bit overpriced.

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FAQs

How to Pair Apple Watch Series 6?

There are 5 steps to pair your Apple Watch Series 6 with your iPhone.

  1. Wear your Apple Watch and turn it on by pressing and holding the side button.
  2. Hold your iPhone close to your watch and wait for the “Use your iPhone to set up this Apple Watch” message to appear. Tap ‘continue’.
  3. Use your iPhone’s camera to spot the animation on the watch.
  4. If this is the first watch, tap on Set Up as New Apple Watch. If not, tap Restore from Backup. Perform necessary software updates if required and press Agree to continue.
  5. Sign in with your Apple ID.

How to Unpair Apple Watch Series 6?

There are 5 steps to unpair your Apple Watch Series 6.

  1. Hold your Apple Watch close to your iPhone.
  2. Open the Watch app on the iPhone and tap on All Watches.
  3. Tap the info button next to the watch you’d like to unpair and tap on Unpair Apple Watch.
  4. GPS + Cellular models can choose to keep or not keep the data plan.
  5. Confirm and enter your Apple ID to disable the activation lock and unpair your watch.

How to Reset Apple Watch Series 6?

Resetting the Apple Watch Series 6 will erase all data and settings on it and will revert it to the factory setup. It’s a 5 step process.

  1. Press and hold the side button until the power off option appears on the screen.
  2. Press and hold the crown.
  3. Plug the charger when prompted to do so.
  4. Tap on the Reset option to confirm.
  5. The reset process will carry on and the welcome screen will appear after it’s fully done.

How to turn off Apple Watch Series 6?

Press and hold the side button till the power off slider appears on the screen. Slide it across to the right to power off your Apple Watch Series 6.

How to pair Apple Watch Series 6 with a new phone?

To pair your Apple Watch Series 6 with a new phone, there are 2 methods of going about it. One method is if you have your old iPhone and the other one is for when you don’t have your old iPhone.

Make sure the Watch as well as the iPhone (Old, if you have it as well as the new one) are fully updated and also connected to WiFi during the process. Keep your Apple ID and Apple Watch passcode in handy too.

If you have your old iPhone;

  1. Perform a backup in iCloud or your computer. This also backs up your Apple Watch in the process. Encrypt your backup to save your Health & Activity content.
  2. Set up your new iPhone, making sure it’s fully updated.
  3. Open the Apple Watch app while keeping the watch and the phone close together.
  4. If your iPhone asks you to confirm that you want to use the watch, simply follow the rest of the instructions to finish pairing up.
  5. If your iPhone asks you to start pairing, you have to unpair your Apple Watch from the old device and pair it and set it up with the new device. Restore the backup.

If you don’t have your old iPhone;

  1. Erase your Apple Watch to unpair it from your old iPhone. This can be done by performing a hard reset.
  2. Set up your new iPhone, making sure it’s fully updated.
  3. Open the Apple Watch app while keeping the watch and the phone close together.
  4. Pair it using the aforementioned methods.
  5. Restore your old watch data with the previously performed backup.

 

How to change the Apple Watch Series 6 band?

Press the band release button at the back of the case and near the band to allow the band to be slid out across and removed. Then slide the new band in place.

How to turn on Apple Watch Series 6?

Press and hold the side button until the Apple logo appears on the display. Wait for it to fully initialize and turn on.

How to delete apps on Apple Watch Series 6?

  1. Press the digital crown to bring up the home screen. 
  2. If the apps are showcased in the grid view, press and hold on to the app icon until it jiggles. Then tap on the “x” to delete it.
  3. If the apps are showcased in the list view, swipe left on the app you want to delete and press the digital crown to confirm and delete it.

 

Conclusion

The Apple Watch Series 6 is a fantastic choice, not just in terms of usability, but also as a step forwards into the future of wearable tech with its potentially unlimited possibilities ahead. It is an elegant design with very high-quality construction and supreme digital integration, afforded by the Apple ecosystem which makes it feel like it’s worth its price tag.

What do you think about the Apple Watch Series 6? Especially with the upcoming Series 7, do you think it’s still a worthy proposition? Let us know in the comments below!

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