Apple finally unveiled their much anticipated Apple Watch Series 6 this Tuesday, a refreshing device that comes with a faster processor, a brighter always-on display, and the ability to measure blood oxygen levels, among other nifty features.
The Series 6 is Apple’s new flagship series , which it launched alongside the Apple Watch SE model — It’s less expensive model that lacks features like an always-on display, an ECG monitor, and the blood oxygen readout.
Overall, the Series 6 appears to be a huge upgrade from the Series 5 that builds on Apple’s efforts in health and wellness. Series 6 and it’s new ability to measure oxygen saturation is the biggest health-oriented upgrade to come since Apple introduced the ability to take an ECG on your Apple Watch with the Series 4.
The Series 6 does this through a new sensor and app. The watch shines red and infrared LED lights through your skin onto the blood vessels inside your wrist.
Photodiodes on the reverse side of the watch determine the color of your blood, which indicates its oxygen levels, by capturing light that is reflected back from the LEDs.
But the Apple Watch series 6 isn’t meant to be a medical device, Apple states.
Like the Oura smart ring, which invariably measures Your pulse and skin temperature and has been used in studies researching whether it can detect COVID-19 symptoms early, the Apple Watch’s oxygen saturation readings shouldn’t be used for any medical diagnosis.
However it could help wearers keep closer tabs on their general health and potentially get a better understanding of when it’s time to see a doctor.
Overall the Apple Watch series 6 hits on all marks and is highly recommended especially for those whom hold to a more active lifestyle.