I do like the new larger size and some of its new features … but $499 though!
Apple has just wrapped its Gather Round press event, and as expected, we got our first glimpse at the new Apple Watch, the Series 4. As promised by some press phots that leaked ahead of the keynote, the watch has a larger screen than what we became used to on the first three editions: It’s 35 percent bigger on the smaller 40mm model and 32 percent larger on the 44mm edition. It’s also thinner, with haptic feedback, a louder speaker, longer battery life, more watch faces, a Mindfulness app and some new build materials: ceramic and sapphire. It ships next week, on September 21st, but I just strapped one on my wrist at the Steve Jobs Theater to bring you some early impressions.
… Apple’s new watch arrives next week, with prices starting at $399. Like last year’s model, it’s available with an optional built-in cellular radio; those start at $499. You’ll see lots of familiar aluminum and stainless steel finishes with backward compatibility for all of your old watch bands. That said, there is a new gold-ish stainless steel finish; that would be one way to signal to people you have the latest and greatest edition.