Apple Watch Sequence 6 versus Apple Watch SE: Which one must you purchase?

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At Apple’s virtual event on Tuesday, the corporate launched two new smartwatches: the Apple Watch Series 6 and the Apple Watch SE. Each units run WatchOS 7, however as a result of the Watch SE is a extra inexpensive model of Apple’s flagship Watch line, it has fewer options and a much less superior S5 chipset. The units have mobile and Wi-Fi solely variants and ship out Sept. 18.

The Watch Sequence 6 begins at $399 (£379, AU$599) whereas the Watch SE prices $279 (£269, AU$429). In the event you’re concerned with both wearables however aren’t positive which one you must get, learn on for our deep dive on how these two examine.


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Design: Related seems, however Sequence 6 has extra design choices

Each the Watch Sequence 6 and the SE have the identical show and determination, so you may get the identical viewing expertise. They’re additionally water-proof so you possibly can swim with them, they usually work with Apple’s two new bands, the Solo and Braided loops

The Watch Sequence 6, nevertheless, has extra design and coloration decisions. Along with the usual silver, gray and gold aluminum colours, the Sequence 6 is available in blue and purple. It additionally has metal and titanium variants, with totally different coloration choices in each supplies. Hermès, the luxurious vogue firm and longtime accomplice of Apple Watch additionally has new bands of its personal for the Sequence 6.

Lastly, the Sequence 6 has an All the time-on show. Initially introduced in the Watch Series 5 last year, it implies that the show is continually on and also you need not increase your wrist or faucet the display screen to have a look at the time or verify for notifications.

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The Watch Sequence 6 with its new loop bands.


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{Hardware}: Watch Sequence 6’s blood oxygen sensor

The Watch Sequence 6 has the newest S6 chipset from Apple whereas the Sequence SE has the S5 system. Whereas the Watch SE’s setup is not as superior because the Sequence 6, Apple stated the SE is twice as quick as 2017’s Series 3.

One main replace that is solely on the Watch Sequence 6 are sensors that measure your blood oxygen levels. Generally known as an oximeter, it will probably collect essential details about your respiration and blood circulation in 15 seconds, and lend key perception about your general respiratory and cardiac well being. It is notably essential for these affected by COVID-19, since blood oxygen ranges are indicative of how extreme the illness is affecting your physique.

The Blood Oxygen app.


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The accompanying Blood Oxygen app will take measurements within the background, like throughout sleep, however customers can manually activate a studying too. Knowledge is viewable via the built-in Health app, the place you possibly can see your ranges and observe traits over time.

Each watches even have an optical coronary heart sensor to measure coronary heart charge. However the Watch Sequence 6 additionally has an app for its electrical coronary heart sensor (abbreviated as ECG or EKG), which debuted on the Watch Series 4, to detect irregular coronary heart rhythms.

Lastly, Watch Sequence 6 has an Extremely Wideband, or U1 chip. Available in iPhones starting with the iPhone 11 line, this chip is for “spatial consciousness,” and it helps units discover different units extra exactly after they’re in shut proximity. When it debuted final yr, Apple stated this chip would enhance AirDrop, a service that lets iPhone customers rapidly share recordsdata with close by iPhones. Tantalizingly, Apple added that “that is only the start” of its makes use of. Many consider that the U1 chip is definitely laying the groundwork for a long-rumored Apple tile tracker.

Software program options: Each run WatchOS 7

New to WatchOS 7 and obtainable on the Watch Sequence 6 and Watch SE is Family Setup. This permits customers to pair their iPhone to another person’s Apple Watch, be it a member of the family like a younger little one or an aged grownup. You possibly can then apply controls, like limiting contacts and app downloads, or automated location monitoring. The opposite consumer can be not required to have an iPhone of their very own. WatchOS 7 comes with quite a lot of new watch faces as effectively, together with ones for Memoji stickers.

These updates are included on high of a number of normal Apple Watch options like fall detection, noises stage monitoring, emergency SOS contact and an alimeter to measure elevation ranges.

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The Apple Watch Sequence SE.


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Apple Watch Sequence 6 vs. Sequence SE specs

Apple Watch Sequence 6 Apple Watch Sequence SE
Show dimension, decision 40mm, 44mm Retina OLED 368×448 pixels 40mm, 44mm Retina OLED 368×448 pixels
All the time-on Sure No
Dimensions (millimeters) 40mm: 40mm (top), 34mm (width), 10.4mm (depth);  44mm: 44mm (top) 38mm (width) 10.4mm (depth) 40mm: 40mm (top), 34mm (width), 10.4mm (depth); 44mm: 44mm (top) 38mm (width) 10.4mm (depth)
Weight (grams) 40mm Wi-Fi: 30.5g, Wi-Fi + Mobile: 30.5g; 44mm Wi-Fi: 36.5g Wi-Fi + Mobile: 36.5g 40mm Wi-Fi: 30.49g, Wi-Fi + Mobile: 30.68g; 44mm Wi-Fi: 36.2g Wi-Fi + Mobile: 36.36g
Supplies/ finishes Aluminum, metal and titanium Aluminum
Colours Silver, gray, gold, blue and purple (aluminum); silver, graphite and gold (metal); titanium and black (titanium) Silver, gray and gold
Interchangeable bands Sure Sure
GPS Constructed-in Constructed-in
Computerized exercise detection Sure Sure
Compass Sure Sure
Altimeter Sure Sure
Water resistance Sure, as much as 50m Sure, as much as 50m
Calls Sure Sure
Notifications Textual content replies Textual content replies
Microphone Sure Sure
Speaker Sure Sure
Voice assistant Siri Siri
Music Onboard, playback and streaming (with Mobile mannequin) Onboard, playback and streaming (with Mobile mannequin)
Cell Funds Apple Pay Apple Pay
Sleep monitoring Sure Sure
Interval monitoring Sure Sure
Particular options Blood Oxygen app, ECG app, U1 chip, emergency SOS, fall detection, listening to well being alerts Wmergency SOS, fall detection, listening to well being alerts
Emergency options Emergency SOS, Worldwide emergency calling, fall detection Emergency SOS calling (911 and emergency contacts)
Compatibility iOS/iPhone solely iOS/iPhone solely
Software program WatchOS 7 WatchOS 7
Processor S6 chip dual-core processor and W3 wi-fi chip S5 chip dual-core processor and W3 wi-fi chip
Connectivity Wi-Fi and Mobile choice ($100 extra) Wi-Fi and Mobile choice ($50 extra)
Storage 32GB 32GB
Bluetooth 5.0 5.0
Energy Magnetic Apple charging cable and USB connector (backward suitable) Magnetic Apple charging cable and USB connector (backward suitable)
Battery life All day (18 hrs.) All day (18 hrs.)
Worth (USD) Beginning at $399 (40mm aluminum) Beginning at $279 (40mm aluminum)
Worth (GBP) £379 £269
Worth (AUD) AU$599 AU$429

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