As usual, Apple has updated the components of the new watch to make a faster, more useful device.
One simple, yet important update is the display on the new Apple Watch 4. With a 30% increase in screen real-estate, the display is bigger than ever, making activity and workout tracking a breeze. As if that wasn't enough, the display's power efficiency has also been improved, making it easier to get through each day with only one charge.
One of the most important upgrades featured in the Apple Watch 4 is the addition of cellular technology. Previous iterations required you to have your iPhone nearby to supply internet connectivity to your watch. With an appropriate cellular plan, you can now leave your iPhone at home and stay connected on the go.
The Apple Watch has always been a fantastic exercise watch. The new Apple Watch 4 includes time-tested features as well as a handful of excellent new additions.
As with the older Apple Watches, the new watch continues the standard Activity Goals featured on the home screen. These activity goals help keep you moving throughout the day and are tied to specific goals that you can set yourself.
1. Move — This goal tracks the number of calories you have burned throughout the day. Set a goal for yourself and try to hit it every day.
2. Exercise — Get that blood flowing. This goal tracks the amount of energetic activity you have completed, from exercise at the gym or a run, or even just moving quickly. Aim for a minimum of 30-minutes a day.
3. Stand — Sometimes you need a little encouragement; this goal prompts you to get moving after sitting for too long.
Paired with the new watchOS 4 operating system, the Apple Watch 4 includes the ability to measure and monitor your VO2 Max—which refers to the amount of oxygen your body is capable of utilizing in one minute and is a key metric for measuring fitness. All VO2 Max data is logged into the Health app, and you can track your progress over time as you wear the Apple Watch 4, giving you new insight into how your workouts are affecting your overall fitness.
Thanks to the new cellular capabilities, there is no need to bring your phone with you during your exercises with Apple Watch 4. With maps and directions built right into the watch, it's no problem if you find yourself in a neighbourhood you don't recognize on your run or bike ride. You will have additional peace of mind knowing that your loved ones can track your location while you are on one of your nightly runs—no phone necessary.
The new Apple Watch 4 included two key safety updates that are an excellent addition to a watch already packed with features.
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