Apple unveils series 4 Smartwatch, with new safety and fitness tracking features

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You may not have been invited to the annual Apple event this year, but you can still get excited about all that was unveiled—like the new Apple Watch Series 4.

Runners will especially like the upgrades in the latest edition of the popular smartwatch. From the announcement, the display is noticeably larger (30 percent larger for its smallest iteration, to be exact), but remains slim and lightweight so it shouldn’t be bulky on your run. The exact display specifications at your disposal are 40mm and 44mm, giving you more space for the additional app capabilities the Series 4 offers, as well as the new interface options.

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But the look, a faster processor, and louder speakers are just the start of the changes. The fitness tracking capabilities that were announced build on the already impressive Apple Watch Series 3. The watch retains its typical fitness functions with slight modifications: cadence for indoor and outdoor runs, pace alerts for outdoor runs, and rolling mile pace, which shows your pace for the preceding mile.

That combines with the best feature for runners, which is extended battery life for your outdoor workouts when using GPS, which is now boosted to six hours (perfect for a majority of marathoners).

Another new feature is an ECG app that will be available later this year. It will allow you to get a reading of your heart rhythm right from your wrist by using a new electrical heart rate sensor. This data can show signs of things like atrial fibrillation, or your ECG waveforms can be stored in the Health app so you can share it with your doctor.

There is also a new safety feature that protects you in case you slip or fall. The accelerometer and gyroscope measure when falls occur by analysing trajectory and impact acceleration. If you fall, the feature lets you to contact emergency services—or it can be dismissed if you're okay. But, if the Watch doesn't detect any movement for 60 seconds after you fall, emergency services will automatically be contacted and a message will be sent to your emergency contacts.

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“We’re thrilled Apple Watch has become an essential part of people’s lives,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer, in a press release. “The completely redesigned Apple Watch Series 4 continues to be an indispensable communication and fitness companion, and now with the addition of groundbreaking features, like fall detection and the first-ever ECG app offered directly to consumers, it also becomes an intelligent guardian for your health.”

Along with things like automatic workout detection, you can also use the Walkie Talkie function using the built-in Siri, allowing you to connect with other Apple products, make calls, text, and communicate through your wrist. The Series 4 also has wifi capability.

The watch will be available to order from Friday 14 September for both the GPS and the GPS with cellular function versions, retailing at £399 and £499, respectively. The models will go on sale in stores on Friday 21 September.

The iPhone Xs was also unveiled at the event. The new phone is also larger than its previous version and is also offered in two sizes: XS and XS Max.

A version of this article orginally appeared on Runner's World US