The Apple Watch is an incredible device — if you know how to use it.
I purchased an Apple Watch Series 4 about two months ago and haven’t looked back since. This is my first Apple Watch since the original, and while the first-generation model didn’t quite grab me, the latest version has made me a believer.
The Apple Watch does typical smartwatch things exceedingly well. Getting the time and date, checking the weather, seeing your notifications, and even controlling other Apple devices feels intuitive. In fact, it does some things way better than other Apple devices.
The Apple Watch is also a powerful health tool. It gives you all sorts of feedback throughout the day, and it’s always easy to see if you’re meeting your daily fitness goals. The Apple Watch is a great motivator that doesn’t feel heavy-handed in any way, by always giving you credit for any exercise you do.
I can’t recommend the Apple Watch enough. And if you haven’t invested in one yet, now is the best time to buy it. Here’s why.
Apple just redesigned the Apple Watch, so it’s going to be a while until the next redesign.
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The latest Apple Watch — the Series 4, which debuted last September — is a redesign from the first three generations. That means you probably shouldn’t expect another redesign for at least another two years, even if we do get a “Series 5” this year.
The new Apple Watches have bigger displays than the older models — 40 and 44 millimeters, compared with 38 and 42 millimeters — and the watch case is slightly thinner. But it’s significantly faster than older models: Apple says the new S4 chip can achieve up to twice the performance of the previous S3 chip.
The latest Apple Watch features exclusive watch faces, including my favorite, the infograph modular face, which lets you see a lot of information at once. And the Apple Watch will get even more stylish faces in WatchOS 6, coming later this year.
The Apple Watch Series 4 can also perform electrocardiograms, thanks to a new heart sensor. The Apple Watch is the first consumer device with an ECG approved by the Food and Drug Administration and the American Heart Association.
Given the many improvements in the Series 4, now is the time to buy one if you’re thinking about it. Getting an Apple Watch now means you should be future-proof for a while.
Summer is here, which is the best time to be using a fitness tracker.
Remembering to get outside and move around is much easier with the Apple Watch, which not only measures your performance but motivates you to maintain or build momentum every day.
The Apple Watch feels like the best personal trainer you can buy. It notices if I’ve been sitting too long or am behind or ahead of my goals. I can log exercises and look back on them at any point in the future, and I can see how my heart rate changes throughout the day based on my activity levels. I’ve never been so fascinated by my fitness, and the Apple Watch makes that possible.
By investing in an Apple Watch, you’re saying you care about being active and healthy. If you are those things already, the Apple Watch will help you retain your fitness. If you aren’t as active as you’d like to be, the Watch is a great way to start down that path.
It actually makes your life easier, which is better to have now versus later.
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Did you know the Apple Watch can automatically unlock any Mac computer you own? Did you know it doubles as a remote for the Apple TV?
Did you know the Apple Watch can instantly find your phone? Or that it can take pictures for you?
The Apple Watch does a lot of things that make life easier. Why put off a purchase like this when you can start enjoying the good life right now?
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