As of the current date, November 14th, 2023, Apple has officially discontinued the production of Apple Watch Series 6. This means that the company has stopped manufacturing the device and will no longer produce any new units.
Availability Status of Apple Watch Series 6
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Despite the discontinuation of production, Apple Watch Series 6 is still available for purchase at select retailers and through third-party sellers. However, it’s important to note that the availability of the device may vary depending on the region and the retailer.
It’s also worth mentioning that Apple has released newer models of the Apple Watch, such as the Series 7, which offer updated features and improved performance. As a result, some retailers may choose to focus on selling the newer models and may not carry the Series 6 anymore.
Overall, while Apple Watch Series 6 has been discontinued, it’s still possible to find the device through some retailers. However, those who are interested in purchasing an Apple Watch may want to consider the newer models that are currently available.
All about Apple Watch Series 6
The most popular smartwatch in the market at the moment is the Apple Watch 5. The success of this brilliant device can be attributed to the premium feel, user experience, water-resistance and amazing features like the built-in ECG (Electrocardiogram). And the successor to this beauty is almost here. Check out the Rumours on the Apple Watch Series 6 for all the details.
The Apple Watch Series 6 hit the market on the 18th of September last year and it has really managed to take it one step further by introducing the always-on display along with a built-in compass. And credible sources say that this edition is going to one of Apple’s best product.
After going through various sources and official documents from Apple; My team and I determined that:
Apple launched its Apple Watch 6 officially on the on Friday 18th September 2020. This watch is similar in design to its predecessor with the exception of a few extra features like blood oxygen monitoring and other health functions.
Due to the Pandemic, Apple had postponed the launch of a majority of its products. However, the Apple watch 6 hit the markets on Friday 18th September 2020 without any hitches.
Although similar to the Apple Watch 5, this one comes with various health-related features. Like a handwashing timer and Blood oxygen monitor features.
The Apple Watch Series 6 is most probably going to end up looking like it’s predecessor the Apple Watch Series 5. Rumors online indicate that there may not be major structural changes to the Apple Watch Series 6’s design and would pretty much carry the same build as the Series 5.
What can we look forward to? That still remains a mystery, but possible outcomes may include new color options, new finishes and multiple casing options.
Latest rumours to surface online have revealed that the Series 6 may use the same screen technology and design as the Series 5 and Series 4 (as confirmed by Jon Prosser) and we may not see a change in terms of updated screen technology. Apart from the design of the Series 6, Apple might just use their latest S6 chip to power the beast.
What will Apple Watch Series 6 have?
At WWDC 2020, Apple confirmed there will be a new OS for the Watch Series, the WatchOS 7. This software update will be made available to all Apple Watches after Series 3. Some notable updates to the Health features in the upcoming Apple Watch Series 6 are:
- Sleep App – Apple has worked on their sleep tracker and have taken it one step further by adding a Sleep Schedule. This enables you to create a schedule and bedtime routine so your sleep goals can be met and tracked.
- New Workout Features – With the Apple Watch Series 6 and OS7, you’d be able to accurately track fitness metrics for Functional Strength Training, Core Training, Post-Workout Cooldown and Dance routines.
- Cycling – Earlier, we were able to receive notifications on the Apple Watch giving us directions and the distance left for the next turn. With the Apple Watch Series 6 you will receive updated maps with elevation changes, bike lanes and busy roads for cyclists. The user will also be able to search for cafes and bike shops along their route using this feature.
- Handwashing – With the OS7, Apple Watch will automatically detect when you begin washing your hands and will send notifications so you carry on for the prescribed amount of time as recommended by Global Health Organisations.
- Hearing Health – With the last update WatchOS 6, Apple introduced the Noise App. This Apple Watch Series 6 that runs on WatchOS 7, Apple has improved their Noise App by providing their users with more control over the level of what they hear in order to protect their hearing.
- SPO2 – One of the most sought after features will finally come to this year’s Apple Watch Software update. Based on leaks, it is indicated that Apple would bring this feature to the Apple Watch this year. SPO2 is a method wherein the person wearing the watch can scan their Blood Oxygen Saturation real-time. We’re hoping this feature comes with a threshold notifier as it would be best to receive notifications if the blood oxygen drops below a specific threshold.
- ECG (Electrocardiogram) – The Apple Watch Series 4 and 5 currently have ECG capabilities but their results are still pretty shabby and inconclusive. Apple is currently working on developing an improved version of ECG that would be included in the Watch Series 6 this year. This may come in the form of a future hardware/software upgrade to the Apple Watch Series.
Currently, it’s still unclear whether these new Health features would be added in the Apple Watch Series 6 or if it would be an overall software update that would have these updates brought to the Series 4 and 5 also. Right now, we’d have to wait to be certain.
Major Software Update
Apple stated that the WatchOS 7 would contain beneficial features like:
- Battery Health Management – Similar to the iPhone, the Apple Watch Series 6 would include a Battery Health Manager that is designed to check Battery Health data. This is done by measuring the capacity of the battery relative to when it was first purchased. In the iPhone, the Battery health Manager reduces the overall performance of the iPhone to match the battery level by shutting down background applications to sustain battery life. However, we’re still not sure if the same method of functionality would be enabled in the Apple Watch Series 6 or the WatchOS 7.
- Optimized Battery Charging – Currently available for AirPods with iOS14, Optimized Battery Charging will be a new feature added to the list of upcoming rumors behind the Apple Watch Series 6 and WatchOS 7.
- Announce Messages with Siri – With WatchOS 7, users will be able to listen to and respond to incoming text messages via their AirPods using voice commands. When you receive a new message Siri will read the message and based on whether you wish to respond or not you can either reply with your response or ignore Siri’s notification to move on.
Will the Apple Watch Series 6 come preloaded with WatchOS 7?
The much anticipated Apple Watch 6 did comes with WatchOS7 software update and was equipped with loads of new features including Health, Fitness, User Interface and Sleep Tracking to the Apple Watch Series.
Apple also confirmed that the new WatchOS 7 would be compatible with the Series 4 and 5, this is good news to those who currently own Series 4 and 5. WatchOS 7 would be the end to Force Touch on the Apple Watch, Knowing this, it is safe to say that while knowing that Force Touch will be removed thus leaving more space for a larger battery.
The larger battery would be beneficial to the user and would be a plus point for those trying to track their sleep cycles properly.
What would be the cost of the Apple Watch Series 6?
Since the price of the Apple Watch Series 4 and 5 were listed at $399 each when launched, we see no reason why the Series 6 should not fall in the same bracket. We’re anticipating a price range of $399-$450 for the Series 6 and prices would definitely fluctuate depending on the strap you select or any of the available designer options. Check out the Rumours on the Apple Watch Series 6 for all the details.
The Apple Watch 6 is definitely worth the money. But it’s more beneficial for a new user. if you already own and Apple watch 5, it really won’t make any sense for you to get one.
Not only does the 6 have the same build and design, it also has pretty much the same feature. Of course, it does have a few upgrades like the Spo2 monitoring and other health features.
Will the new Apple Watch be round?
According to credible leaks and rumours, the Apple Watch 6 is expected to have the same design scheme as it’s predecessors, the square-shaped face with rounded of edges.
However, while is the most probable outcome, it was rumoured that Apple had filed a patent for a round watch face. Honestly, this would have been a refreshing and much classier choice. Well, it’s all up in the air at this point. Check out our comprehensive article Rumours on the Apple Watch Series 6
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