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Apple Watch Series 6: how to buy, specs, design and more

Forget telling the time - Apple's latest smartwatch is the ultimate health and fitness companion.

Apple Watch 6

Update: We’ve put the Series 6 to to the test in our Apple Watch 6 review, plus we’ve also got our hands on the budget version in our Apple Watch SE review


Another year, another Apple event.

Most years this would be the time when the latest iPhone takes centre stage – but not this time. With the iPhone 12 seemingly delayed to October, Apple’s annual September event needed a new star product to focus on – and found one in the Apple Watch Series 6.

The current Apple Watch models are already an impressive piece of kit, being able to tell the time, make calls and run apps, so what more could the Series 6 do?

Quite a lot, it turns out.

The Apple Event on 15th September gave us plenty of news, pre-orders and exciting updates, with the big takeaway being the features of the Apple Watch Series 6:

When can I order the Apple Watch Series 6?

Orders for the Apple Watch Series 6 are now live and it is available to buy in a variety of styles from multiple retailers, although stock has been selling out fast:

When is Apple Watch 6 release date?

Apple Watch Series 6 was revealed at the ‘Time Flies’ Apple Event on 15th September 2020. The iPad Air 4 and iPad 8 were also unveiled, though there was no sign of the Apple AirTags and AirPods 3.

What will the next Apple Watch be called?

It’s called Apple Watch Series 6. A budget version called the  Apple Watch SE has also been announced.

What is the Apple Watch 6 price?

The Apple Watch Series 6 starts at $399 or £379 for the GPS edition.

The cellular version starts at £479, with the price dependent on your choice of size and case.

What are the Apple Watch Series 6 specifications?

In summary, the main focus is on health and wellness, especially in light of COVID-19. The principle new health feature is the blood oxygen tracker. Red and infrared waves measure the light reflected back to the watch from your body and the algorithms work out how much oxygen is present. The measurement can be made in just 15 seconds.

The key selling point for this is that blood oxygen is an indicator of respiratory health, the main area affected by the COVID-19 virus.

There are also hand-washing monitors which track your rhythm and prompt you to continue for at least 20 seconds, the ability to track ECG, fall detection plus sleep tracking. It will also have a 2.5 x brighter face when your wrist is down plus real-time elevation tracking for hiking.

Within the watch, a new S6 chipset has been added to improve performance, as well as a slightly larger battery to ensure the smartwatch lasts the usual 18 hours with all these new features.

Watch OS7: What new features are coming?

Apple has already announced the watch OS 7 during the developer conference back in June. Several features were announced. The main things were shareable watch faces, more customisable watch faces and cycling turn-by-turn directions in Maps.

The activity app was rebranded as the Fitness app,  dance workout and cool down measurement were added, and sleep tracking, silent alarms and a wind down mode were implemented. There are also Siri changes, hand-washing tracking with the 20-second countdown and more hearing protection features.

Apple Watches will also be able to use Fitness+, a new subscription service launching later this year. Fitness+ takes your Apple Watch readings and places them alongside workout videos in real time, and will cost $9.99 (£7.75) per month or $79.99 (£62) per year.

Apple Watch 6 design and colour

What does the Apple Watch Series 6 look like?

Apple has announced a range of new faces which users can choose from. These include:

  • Displaying multiple time zones at a time 
  • An art collaboration
  • Typography 
  • Emojis
  • Stripes – Pride and country flags 
  • Plus special faces designed for hobbies and professions including photography, surfing, healthcare and more

There is also the new ‘solo loop’, featuring no buckle and a custom liquid silicone material. It is swim-proof and available in various sizes and seven colours. There is also a braided version made from recycled materials, available in five colours. Other special versions include a leather strap, new Nike collaboration and Hermes options.

New colours available include red, blue and graphite, finally allowing Apple Watch customers some vibrant colour options over the usual choices of silver and space grey.

Should I buy the Apple Watch Series 5 or wait for the Series 6?

If you would like to buy an Apple Watch Series 5 now you can:

However, with the Series 6 release so close you may want to wait – the Series 6 will likely be a similar price, but offer new features such as better battery life and blood oxygen level monitoring. Alternatively, the Series 5 will also see a price drop once its successor releases.

You can also see our best Apple Watch deals for bargains all the way back to Series 3.

Black Friday is always a great time to buy smart tech – last year the Apple Watch Series 3 went for its lowest ever price of £185 on eBay.


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