Apple Watch Series 6 Sleep tracking
Apple Watch Series 6: Health and fitness tracking
When it comes to health and fitness tracking, the Apple Watch Series 6 is jam-packed with handy features. It can log the steps you take, the distance youtravel, the calories you burn, and the number of hours you stand each day. Ontest, we found it was accurate at monitoring our daily steps and distance.The Workout app on the watch can record 80 different types of exercises, fromwalking, running, cycling and swimming to boxing and strength training. Eightexercises, including running, cycling and swimming, are automatically trackedso it doesn’t matter if you forget to manually start the workout. The watchalso has GPS, so you can get an accurate figure for your pace whileexercising.Just like the Apple Watch Series 5, it can provide low or irregular heart ratealerts, offers an ECG function, and can detect if you have a fall and call theemergency services if you’re immobile or unresponsive as a result. It also hasthe ability to measure your SP02 level (the amount of oxygen your red bloodcells are carrying from the lungs to the rest of the body) so you can gaugeyour overall fitness, too. We found this was simple to measure during testing.
Apple Watch Series 6: Sleep tracking
For the first time on an Apple Watch, there’s built-in sleep tracking, ratherthan requiring a third-party app. You’ll need to set the time you plan to goto bed and wake up on your iPhone first though, but then the watch willautomatically log when you’re asleep using its movement and heart ratesensors. We love that it turned the display off and locked it, so it didn’tlight up in the middle of the night. Towards the end of the day, if thebattery has less than 30% left, it’ll remind you to charge the watch beforebed too.
Apple Watch Series 6: Battery life
During testing, we found the Apple Watch Series 6 lasted around 18 hoursbetween charges. It’s quicker to recharge than the Apple Watch Series 5 too,taking one hour and 30 minutes compared to just over two hours to fullyrecharge.
Apple Watch Series 6: Specs
Display: 1.57 inch or 1.73 inch Processor: Apple S6 Works with: iPhone Strap material: Silicone Interchangeable straps: Yes Storage space: 32GB GPS: Yes Number of exercises tracked: 80 Contactless payments: Apple Pay Voice assistant: Siri Battery life: Up to 18 hours
Apple Watch GPS + Cellular
The Apple Watch GPS (Wi-Fi only) model is the least expensive and lightestweight of all models in the line. You get a longer battery life, but that’sbecause it doesn’t have a cellular chip. It requires an iPhone for daily use.From $199 at Apple
Apple Watch Cellular vs. GPS: An at-a-glance breakdown
Source: Lory Gil / iMoreFrom a single glance, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between theApple Watch Cellular vs. GPS. There is a red ring around the Digital Crown onthe Cellular model, but they’re otherwise identical-looking on the outside.It’s the insides that make all the difference.The table below is based on the specifications of the Apple Watch Series 6.All battery life info is based on using cellular only (not connected to Wi-Fi).| GPS | GPS + Cellular —|—|— Battery life (talk) | N/A | 1.5 hours Battery life (audio) | 10 hours | 7 hours 5 hours with Apple Music streaming Battery life (workout) | 10 hours indoor 6 hours outdoor with GPS | 5 hours outdoor with GPS & LTE Apple Music support | No | Yes Minimum requirements | iPhone 6s with iOS 14 for Series 3 and newer | iPhone6s with iOS 14 for Series 4 and newer Siri support | Yes | Yes Family Setup support | No | Yes Storage size | 8GB for Series 3 16GB for Series 4 32GB for SE, Series 5, 6 | 16GB for Series 4 32GB for SE, Series 5, 6 Monthly cost | $0 | From $10 per month, depending on carrier
Apple Watch Series 3
As of September 2020, Apple no longer sells the GPS + Cellular version of theApple Watch Series 3. We no longer include its specifications in thiscomparison guide. However, the Series 3 GPS + Cellular does exist in the worldfor those considering upgrading from this model.
Apple Watch Cellular vs. GPS: Apple Music and Podcasts streaming support
Source: iMoreThe GPS + Cellular Watch supports Apple Music and Podcasts app streaming. Ifyou have an Apple Music subscription, you can rock your socks off anywhere youwant without needing your iPhone or Wi-Fi.The GPS-only model doesn’t support streaming Apple Music, but you can downloadtunes onto it for direct listening offline. You are only limited by thestorage capacity on your Apple Watch — remember, the Series 4 only has 16GB ofstorage, but the Apple Watch SE, Series 5, and Series 6 all have 32GB ofstorage.
Apple Watch Cellular vs. GPS: Case and screen material
Source: iMoreThe GPS-only Apple SE, Apple Watch Series 4, Apple Watch Series 5, and AppleWatch Series 6 are limited to aluminum Sport and Nike+ cases. In contrast, theGPS + Cellular Watch retains the stainless steel and titanium materials, inaddition to the aluminum Sport and Nike+ cases.Additionally, the aluminum versions are limited to the Ion-X glass display,while the Sapphire Crystal display is only on the stainless steel, titanium,and ceramic (Series 5) cases. The Ion-X glass is softer and able to withstandmore impact than Sapphire Crystal but is more prone to scratches. On the otherhand, Sapphire Crystal won’t be as susceptible to scratching, but it would beeasier to crack if you drop the Watch.
Apple Watch Cellular vs. GPS: Battery Life
Source: Lory Gil / iMoreDoes the GPS + Cellular Apple Watch have worse battery life than the GPS-onlyApple Watch?The answer is yes, but only while you’re using GPS + Cellular. Apple’s ownbattery tests peg Apple Watch Series 5, Apple Watch Series 6, and Apple WatchSE at an 18-hour average, with specifics highlighted below:> All-day battery life is based on 18 hours with the following use: 90-time> checks, 90 notifications, 45 minutes of app use, and a 60-minute workout> with music playback from Apple Watch via Bluetooth, over 18 hours.>> Family Setup battery life is based on 14 hours with the following use: 70> time checks, 45 notifications, 20 minutes of app use, a 5-minute phone call,> and a 30-minute workout with music playback from Apple Watch via Bluetooth,> over the course of 14 hours with LTE connection and Find My location sharing> enabled.>> Apple Watch Series 6 (GPS) usage includes connection to iPhone via Bluetooth> during the entire 18-hour test. Apple Watch Series 6 (GPS + Cellular) usage> includes a total of 4 hours of LTE connection and 14 hours of connection to> iPhone via Bluetooth over the course of 18 hours.>> Apple Watch SE (GPS) usage includes connection to iPhone via Bluetooth> during the entire 18-hour test. Apple Watch SE (GPS + Cellular) usage> includes a total of 4 hours of LTE connection and 14 hours of connection to> iPhone via Bluetooth over the course of 18 hours.>> Apple Watch All-Day Battery Life testing was conducted by Apple in August> 2020 using preproduction Apple Watch SE (GPS) and Apple Watch SE (GPS +> Cellular), each paired with an iPhone; all devices were tested with> prerelease software. Battery life varies by use, cellular coverage,> configuration, and many other factors; actual results will vary.While Apple doesn’t note which Watch configuration it used for these tests, itdid peg the Cellular watch at 18-hours with 4-hours of LTE and 14-hours ofiPhone connectivity — about what the average person might use in a given day.Specific battery tests, however, are far less forgiving. Here’s how the Series5 and Series 6 fared in Apple’s single-task tests: * Talk: 1.5 hour w/ Cellular * Audio: 10 hours w/ Bluetooth, 7 hours streaming playlist with LTE * Workout: 10 hours indoor workout, 6 hours outdoor workout with GPS, 5 hours outdoor workout with GPS and LTEThe Apple Watch SE has a remarkably good battery life for being of the low-cost variety. That’s probably because the Apple Watch SE is supposedly anApple Watch Series 5 without the ECG monitor. * Talk: 1.5 hours w/cellular * Audio: 10 hours from onboard storage, 7 hours streaming playlist with LTE * Workout: 10 hours indoor workout, 6 hours outdoor workout with GPS, 5 hours outdoor workout with GPS and LTEWhile the GPS-only Apple Watch has better battery performance against the GPS+ Cellular model when using LTE, neither performs well for long-distancerunners.
Apple Watch Cellular vs. GPS: Price
Source: Rene Ritchie/iMoreThe final metric that separates these two devices is the price: The GPS-onlyApple Watch SE starts at $279 for a 40mm aluminum case, while the GPS +Cellular SE starts at $329, an increase of $50, which is the best deal for theextra feature. The Apple Watch Series 3 no longer has a GPS + Cellular option.The GPS-only Apple Watch Series 6 starts at $399 for a 40mm aluminum case, andthe GPS + Cellular Apple Watch Series 6 with the same case starts at $499,also a $100 increase. If you want cellular service, the nicer case material,more storage, Family Setup support, and Apple Music, that price might well beworth it.
Apple Watch GPS + Cellular
If the thought of going for a walk or jog without having to take your iPhonewith you is important, you’re going to love the freedom that comes with thecellular version of the Apple Watch. And if you plan on using Family Setup,even someday in the future, this is the watch you want.