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Apple Watch Sequence 6 Assessment


For those who personal an iPhone, the one smartwatches you need to be taking a look at are the varied Apple Watch fashions. That is only a truth. Though you should use smartwatches from many different manufacturers with an iPhone, none of them supply the identical stage of integration, for my part. Like clockwork, we acquired the Apple Watch Sequence 6 this 12 months, and it incorporates a new S6 SiP (System-in-Package deal) and a blood oxygen sensor, plus different small refinements. This 12 months’s refresh is one more iterative one over the Apple Watch Sequence 5, which has been discontinued.

For those who’ve been ready to improve or are taking a look at getting an Apple Look ahead to the primary time, must you purchase the Sequence 6? Let’s discover out.

Apple Watch Sequence 6 pricing and variants

In India, the Apple Watch Sequence 6 is accessible in a complete of 10 totally different colors throughout three supplies for the case — aluminium, chrome steel, and titanium. Apple has launched some new colors this 12 months with the Sequence 6, together with Blue and Purple for the aluminium variants, and new shades of Gold and Graphite for the chrome steel ones.

Costs begin from Rs. 40,900 for GPS-only fashions and Rs. 49,900 for the LTE-enabled variants with the 40mm case measurement. Every mannequin with a 44mm case prices about Rs. 4,000 greater than its 40mm equal. I will be testing one of many extra premium choices, which has a 44mm graphite chrome steel case and LTE. It comes with a typical Sport Band, priced at a whopping Rs. 73,900. For those who actually wish to go loopy, the 44mm titanium variant with LTE will price you Rs. 83,900.

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The black Sport Band on the Apple Watch Sequence 6


In India, there is a restricted variety of band varieties and colors that may be chosen on the time of buy, in comparison with the US. The Apple Watch Studio on-line platform is not out there right here both, which helps you to mix any watch case and strap to your liking, earlier than testing. Apple has a brand new Solo Loop band, which is a single piece of stretchy silicone that is worn like a wrist band. Nonetheless, this must be bought individually because the chrome steel variant can solely be bought with both a Sport Band or a Milanese Loop band in India.

The Apple Watch Sequence 6 may be very costly nevertheless it’s additionally Apple’s flagship line, in order that’s to be anticipated. Apple additionally has the Watch SE (a re-badged Sequence 4, minus the ECG perform) as a extra reasonably priced choice ranging from Rs. 29,900, and the Sequence 3 is now an entry-level mannequin at Rs. 20,900.

Apple Watch Sequence 6 design and options

When it comes to design, the brand new Apple Watch Sequence 6 seems kind of similar to the Apple Watch Sequence 5. We have had this curvy, rectangular design for the reason that Apple Watch Sequence Four now, and if rumours become true, a giant redesign will be anticipated subsequent 12 months. For somebody nonetheless hanging onto their Sequence Three or older Apple Watch, the Sequence 6 could be a giant improve.

The construct high quality of the Apple Watch Sequence 6 is incredible, particularly the chrome steel model that I’ve for assessment, nevertheless it’s additionally a large fingerprint magnet. The suitable aspect of the watch has the digital crown and a single button slightly below it. There is a cutout for a speaker on the left, and the well being sensors are on the underside of the case. My watch got here with a black sport band, which is made out of silicone and is without doubt one of the most sensible bands to personal because it’s fast to dry and requires little or no upkeep.

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The chrome steel model of the Apple Watch Sequence 6 may be very nicely constructed


The OLED show on the Apple Watch Sequence 6 is without doubt one of the finest you may come throughout on a smartwatch. It measures about 1.73 inches diagonally and has a decision of 368×448 pixels on the 44mm case fashions. Apple additionally makes use of a sapphire crystal glass cowl on the chrome steel variants, and the brightness of the always-on show is now 500nits, in comparison with 200nits on the Sequence 5. The watch itself weighs 47.1g and is waterproof as much as 50m, so you may swim with it.

When it comes to {hardware}, the Apple Watch Sequence 6 introduces Apple’s model new S6 SiP. Apple claims it has been fully redesigned to profit from the area contained in the watch and is as much as 20 % sooner and extra vitality environment friendly in comparison with final 12 months’s S5 chip. The Sequence 6 additionally will get 5GHz Wi-Fi band assist and Apple’s U1 ultra-wideband positioning chip which allows duties comparable to keyless entry and ignition in supported vehicles.

We’ll get to the brand new blood oxygen monitoring functionality within the subsequent part, however first let’s shortly cowl the remainder of the brand new options and software program on the Apple Watch Sequence 6. It now has an always-on altimeter which can provide you a real-time studying of elevation instantly in your watch face by way of a complication. There is a new wrist-down gesture, which I discovered tremendous helpful. It enables you to entry the notifications (swipe-down) or the Management Centre (swipe-up) instantly from the always-on show, with out having to carry your wrist as much as wake it.

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The show on the Apple Watch Sequence 6 provides wonderful legibility 


There are additionally loads of new software program options which were launched in watchOS 7. Now you can monitor your sleep, create a Memoji and use it as a watch face, and arrange a appropriate Apple Look ahead to a member of the family that does not have an iPhone by way of Household Setup. Apple can also be making a giant push within the health area, because it plans on launching its Apple Health+ service in some nations, not together with India, in late 2020. That is mentioned to supply exercise video tutorials and training from main health specialists. A better tier subscription to Apple One can even supply entry to this service if or when it’s launched right here.

Apple Watch Sequence 6 efficiency and battery life

The Apple Watch Sequence 6 nonetheless solely works with an iPhone, so you may want an iPhone 6s or later operating iOS 14. The watch ships within the regular fancy packaging, however with this mannequin onwards, you solely get a magnetic charging cable within the field and never an influence brick, as a part of Apple’s new environmental initiative. The Watch app on the iPhone makes setup a breeze. For those who’re utilizing an Apple Watch with LTE, you may be prompted to register it with a plan from a supported provider.

Navigating watchOS 7 on the Apple Watch Sequence 6 is speedy and a comparatively lag-free expertise, one thing that Apple has at all times had an higher hand in in comparison with platforms comparable to Google’s Put on OS. Contact response is superb and the haptic suggestions for incoming calls, alarms, and reminders from apps such because the Breath app are very satisfying and unobtrusive. The game band is comfy sufficient to put on repeatedly, and I solely ever took the watch off to cost it.

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The blood oxygen monitoring function of the Apple Watch Sequence 6 is helpful


A fast press of the crown takes you to your app drawer, and you may rotate it to carry out varied features comparable to zooming in/out and scrolling by way of menus. You’ll be able to carry the watch to your face and wake Siri with a easy command. Watch-optimised variations of apps in your iPhone will likely be put in mechanically. A few of them like Swiggy are merely companions apps, which carry out particular duties comparable to displaying you the standing of your meals order, whereas others like Telegram allow you to see and reply to ongoing chats, however once more, with restricted performance. When it comes to third-party app assist, Apple Watches are means forward of the competitors.

Nonetheless, one little comfort function I actually want Apple had added is a toggle within the Management Heart for enabling or disabling the always-on show function. Going by way of the Settings and digging by way of the menus simply to flip a swap appears pointless. You’ll be able to create a shortcut for it utilizing the Shortcuts app in your iPhone after which use that as a complication on a watch face, nevertheless it’s not as clear an answer as merely having a toggle button at your disposal.

Let’s discuss in regards to the Apple Watch Sequence 6’s blood oxygen sensor. When coping with a pandemic that targets the respiratory system, having a blood oxygen or SpO2 monitoring software proper in your wrist may very well be helpful. We not too long ago noticed this function on the Samsung Galaxy Watch Three too, though I did not discover the readings to be very correct in my expertise. The Apple Watch Sequence 6 is not any alternative for a devoted pulse oximeter, however the common readings I’ve gotten over the previous few months have at the very least been means higher than what the Galaxy Watch Three managed.

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The Well being app in your iPhone enables you to visualise all the info captured by your watch


Lots of the readings dipped beneath the 94 % threshold, which should not be the case for anybody who’s wholesome, however the common vary it managed to measure in the course of the day was principally between 90-100 %, which is heading in the right direction. The most effective a part of having this function is that the Apple Watch Sequence 6 will mechanically take periodic readings in the course of the day and whenever you sleep, so this is not one thing it’s essential keep in mind to do.

One other new function in watchOS 7 is hand wash monitoring, which mechanically begins a 20s countdown when it detects that you simply’re washing your palms. This labored each single time I washed my palms, however at instances, it acquired triggered when doing the dishes too. The Well being app reveals your common time spent washing your palms and the variety of washes completed in a day, so you may take steps to enhance your habits.

The Apple Watch Sequence 6 additionally has built-in sleep monitoring, which is linked to the Bedtime function within the Clock app. The app tracks your common time in mattress and common sleep time, measures your coronary heart price, and presents this knowledge as a bar graph, damaged up by week or month. Mild inexperienced markings signifies time in mattress, whereas darker inexperienced signifies precise sleep time. In my expertise, the info appears fairly correct, particularly the beginning and finish instances that the watch data.

Nonetheless, aside from providing a normal concept of your sleeping patterns, the app does not present any insightful particulars such because the states of sleep and even your REM cycles. Contemplating that is Apple’s first crack at sleep monitoring, the implementation on the Apple Watch Sequence 6 may be very fundamental proper now nevertheless it does have potential to enhance with future updates.

Different well being options from earlier generations are current too, comparable to menstrual cycle monitoring, ECG measurement, and environmental noise stage monitoring. The Apple Watch Sequence 6 will mechanically log actions comparable to strolling, biking, operating, and so forth, and you may set objectives and start exercises manually within the devoted watch app.

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The Apple Watch Sequence 6 packs in a bunch of various sensors for monitoring your well being


Apple’s smartwatches have typically had good monitor data in the case of precisely measuring health stats in our expertise, and it is no totally different with the Sequence 6. When manually counting 500 steps, the Apple Watch registered 504, which is fairly good. I did not do our regular 1km distance measurement take a look at contemplating restricted mobility in the course of the pandemic, however I did get correct measurements on quick walks and when biking.

Earlier than we get to battery life, let’s discuss a bit about LTE efficiency on the Apple Watch Sequence 6. For those who transfer away out of your cellphone or should not linked to Wi-Fi, the Sequence 6 will fall again on its eSIM for a 4G connection (supplied you’ve got set one up). LTE efficiency has been very dependable up to now in my expertise, a lot in order that I typically deliberately left my cellphone at house when operating errands. It is a good suggestion to have a pair of Bluetooth earphones with you although, in case it’s essential take or make a name.

The watch’s inbuilt microphone is sort of good however you will have to carry the cellphone near your face when speaking. The speaker then again is not very loud whenever you’re outside, and there have been instances once I had problem understanding what a caller was attempting to say. This might need been affected by the energy of the LTE sign the place I used to be on the time, so your expertise might range.

Apple guarantees as much as 18 hours of battery life on one cost, and the Sequence 6 is claimed to have the ability to cost faster than the Sequence 5. With out the always-on show, I used to be getting shut to 2 full days on one cost, however when it was enabled, I used to be nearly capable of cross one full day. These instances are nonetheless means higher than Apple’s claims. When utilizing solely LTE, I used to be averaging a few day and 15 hours, which I take into account spectacular. My utilization time with the watch throughout all these eventualities was roughly the identical, at about 4 and half hours.

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The Apple Watch Sequence 6 expenses extra shortly than the Sequence 5


Contemplating that the Apple Watch Sequence 6 periodically takes a bunch of measurements within the background per day for coronary heart price, SpO2 ranges, sleep, elevation, noise, and so forth, a day and a half on common is a reasonably good runtime for my part. It is clear that the always-on show is a large battery hog, which is one more reason {that a} shortcut to toggle this could have been so handy.

The Apple Watch Sequence 6 expenses to roughly 70 % in an hour in my expertise, which is first rate. You may want the magnetic charging cradle that comes with it in our order to cost it, because it will not work with simply any Qi-compatible charger, together with Apple’s personal MagSafe wi-fi charger. Older Apple Watch chargers work simply high-quality too. You additionally get an alert in your iPhone now when your watch’s battery is absolutely charged, which is a intelligent contact.


The Apple Watch Sequence 6 does not add a tonne of latest options over the Sequence 5, however there are some notable ones comparable to blood oxygen monitoring, dual-band Wi-Fi, and the power-efficient S6 chip. Quite a lot of the opposite options comparable to sleep monitoring, hand washing, and so forth can be found on the Apple Watch Sequence 5 too, after updating to watchOS 7. Upgrading from the Sequence 5 to the Sequence 6 does not make an entire lot of sense, and in the event you have been considering of doing this only for the blood oxygen monitoring, I might counsel saving your cash and shopping for an precise pulse oximeter as a substitute.

In case you have an Apple Watch Sequence 3 or older although, and have been holding out, the Apple Watch Sequence 6 will likely be a severe improve. Nonetheless, it is also pretty costly, particularly in the event you get a stainless-steel one. For many who desire a fundamental but highly effective Apple Watch, there’s additionally the brand new Apple Watch SE to think about. It has a lot of the vital options of the present and former Apple Watch fashions, at a extra reasonably priced value. Keep tuned for its assessment, coming quickly.




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