Apple Watch SE adds health and safety features

World | 16 Sep 2020 9:56 am

Apple added more features to help the US$279 Apple Watch SE monitor its owner’s health, including a sensor that can read blood oxygen levels.

The feature is specific to the Series 6.

Apple says a blood oxygen measurement can be recorded in just 15 seconds, done with an updated sensor on the rear of the Apple Watch. That’s the same location as the heart rate sensor, which also takes electrocardiogram (ECG) right from your wrist. SpO2 joins ECG, heart rate tracking, sleep tracking, fitness tracking and hearing health, CNN reports.

Apple Watch SE, will be available beginning Friday. The price is a markdown from the US$399 that Apple is asking for the next version of its higher end watch, the Series 6.

Apple watches have been selling for an average of US$377, based on Walkley’s calculations.

Apple Watch Series 6, will be running watchOS 7 out of the box and is powered by the S6 processor. It’s a full system on a chip, made in-house by Apple, similar to the chips that power the iPhone and iPad, CNN reports. To be specific, it is a 64-bit dual-core processor and should be 20 percent faster than the previous S5 processor in the Series 5. Those coming from a Series 3, 4 or earlier model should see even better improvements.

Apple also announced a new fitness subscription service tailored for its watches for US$10 per month, as well as a new option that will bundle its existing music, video, news and gaming services into a package that will cost US$15 to US$30 per month.

Tens of millions of people already subscribe to Apple’s various services, helping the company double its revenue during the past four years within a division that creates products for the more than 1 billion iPhones, iPads, watches and other devices that the people already use.

The services division also includes Apple’s app store, which is under regulatory scrutiny for charging a commission of up to 30 percent for products sold through other companies who have no other option but to use the store to reach the mostly affluent consumers who buy iPhone products.-AP/CNN

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