Apple Watch Series 4 arrives: larger screen, thinner body, ceramic and sapphire back
Apple announced the Apple Watch Series 4 today, which it touted as being thinner than previous models. This is only partially true: the upcoming fourth-generation Apple Watch is the thinnest since the Series 3, which had an 11.4mm case compared to this year’s 10.7mm version.
The wearable comes in two sizes, just like before, but you can now choose between a 40 or a 44 millimeter Apple Watch – versus 38 and 42 in previous generations. This makes the new screens over 30% bigger than before, even though the watch itself retains the same footprint. In fact, the case of the watch is now thinner, Apple points out, while the curved corners and thinner bezels give the watch a more modern appearance. And in case you’re curious, the Apple Watch Series 4 is designed to be compatible with existing Apple Watch wristbands.
The Apple Watch Series 4 now comes with ceramic and sapphire backs, not only the LTE units as was the case on Series 3. Moreover, the crown gets a cool update as well – haptic feedback makes rotating it more enjoyable and functional. A nice little bonus is the 50% louder speaker.
A new Apple S4 chipset is running the show incorporating a dual-core 64-bit CPU and a more powerful GPU. Both deliver up to 2x better performance compared to Apple S3.
The end result is that the newest Apple Watch does, in fact, have a larger display than last year’s model, but it’s indeed thinner. The device is, however, more expensive. The new Series 4 starts at $399 (RM1,652) for a GPS version or $499 (RM2,066) for LTE, while the updated pricing for the last-gen Apple Watches is $279 (RM1,155) for GPS and $299 (RM1,238) for the LTE variant.
We will follow up with their imminent Malaysia release, which is expected to be a month or two from now. Stay tuned.