This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.

Today, September 18, the Apple Watch Series 6 went on sale. I'm sure it's already starting to arrive in the hands of our gadget-loving readers.

If you're thinking of buying an Apple Watch soon, we'll give you the basic appeal and highlights of the Apple Watch.

What can the Apple Watch do?

The Apple Watch is a smartwatch that can be used in conjunction with the iPhone to do a variety of things. As a user who has been using it since the first generation, there are three main uses for it.

  • Tactile notifications: Apple Watch notifies you with a tap on your wrist, when you receive a message on LINE, when you arrive at a transit station, an alarm, etc.

  • Collect and analyze health data: Apple Watch measures calories burned while wearing it, how much you walked, exercise activity such as swimming, and automatically collects data on heart rate changes and sleep tracking. The data can be analyzed later.

  • You can take the train and shop: Apple Watch is NFC compatible, and you can use Suica, ID, and QUICPay. You don't have to take off your mask to pay at the convenience store, you can shop with your Apple Watch.

You can use your Apple Watch to receive notifications on your iPhone without missing them, or you can choose not to be notified. You can also make phone calls (To make a call on the Apple Watch without carrying around an iPhone, you need the cellular version and a separate contract with your mobile carrier). There are many things that the Apple Watch can do, such as sending simple messages and having walkie-talkie conversations with other users.

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The Apple Watch can now do even more

The Apple Watch Series 6 is the newest & top of the line model at the moment. One of the most significant new features is the ability to measure your blood oxygen level. It is measured by a Blood Oxygen sensor and app that visualizes your breathing and your heart is working properly.

The data obtained from this measurement is said to help with sleep apnea. And the ECG (electrocardiogram) feature, which is not limited to the Apple Watch Series 6, but was previously available in the U.S. and Europe, will be approved in Japan on September 4 and is expected to be available there if things go smoothly.

I think of the Apple Watch as a device that keeps track of and records data about my health that I'm not aware of, and I think the Blood Oxygen sensor and ECG sensor will make it even better.

What is the Apple Watch SE? Who should use it?

In addition to the Apple Watch Series 6, the Apple Watch SE has now been announced, and the Apple Watch SE is, to put it crudely, "an Apple Watch with limited features at an affordable price."

Initially, Apple Watch was the specification that the display was turned on only when you lift your wrist, but the function of always-on was added from Apple Watch Series 5. Apple Watch SE does not have the always-on display and ECG. But you can buy it for a low price, starting at 29,800 yen excluding tax.

Considering that the Apple Watch Series 6 starts at 42,800 yen excluding tax, it's a pretty low-cost Apple Watch.

The Apple Watch SE is for anyone who wants the whole family to use the Apple Watch, and with the announcement of the SE, the Apple Watch now has a service called Family Setup. This feature allows parents to manage Apple Watches for the entire family. (In Japan, the parent device requires a contract with au plus a contract dedicated to this.)

Until now, the Appel Watch has had to be paired with an iPhone. That meant that if you wanted your child to have an Apple Watch, you had to get an iPhone for each of them, which wasn't practical.

The solution to this is called Family Setup. By having your child wear the Apple Watch SE, parents can see where their child is and send and receive simple messages. In other words, you can now use it as a children tracking system as well. This may be an ideal feature for today's busy children.

The fashionability of the Apple Watch is getting upgraded

The Apple Watch Series 6 has now released a new color variant. For example, there is a (PRODUCT)RED Aluminum case and a Blue Aluminum case.

Other designs include a leather buckle and a gold steel case, which is easy to match with your clothes and looks great on your skin. You can try them out in person at an Apple Store, but you can also try out your own style in person online. There are many variations, so you can enjoy swapping out the various bands for work, personal, or party use. It's not an exaggeration to say that the Apple Watch is the only smartwatch that allows you to enjoy interchangeability so far.

The featured bands are the Solo Loop and the Braided Solo Loop, which have no buckles or clasps

The two most notable bands that have been introduced with the launch of the new Apple Watch are the Solo Loop and the Braided Solo Loop. These bands have no buckles or clasps and can be worn like rubber bangles.

I haven't tried the Braided Solo Loop yet, but this attachment system is pretty easy to use. The Solo Loop feels soft, gummy, supple, and silky to the touch. I'm not sure how it will feel when I sweat, but it fits perfectly against my bare skin and I love it.

This band can be purchased individually and is compatible with the 40mm and 44mm Apple Watches that have been released in the past, so I recommend "buying more" if you already have one.

Now I wear my Apple Watch every day and I can't imagine going out without it, but I was always a watch-less person until the Apple Watch was released. Maybe some people are hesitant to buy an Apple Watch because they don't wear a watch, but this is a device that is a watch, but also a sensor that monitors and records your health. Would you like to start living with the Apple Watch?

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This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.