If you’ve fallen and you can’t get up — or if you’re working out and you can’t give up — Apple now has a watch for you.

That’s because Apple Watch® Series 4, introduced just last week, has been fundamentally redesigned and reengineered to help wearers stay active and healthy and certainly connected.

The redesign reflects a departure from previous Apple Watch configurations.  The architecture is driven by the all-new S4 chip.  The new models are 1.1mm thinner.  And the all-new displays are larger, bumped from 38 and 42mm vertical screen dimensions to 40 and 42mm, and now extend to the curved corners of the facing.  This provides two significant benefits — the overall viewing area is about 30% larger and the display is a bit more welcoming to those with older eyes.

Plus, according to Apple®, the new display technology improves power efficiency and battery life, allowing wearers to get through the day on a single charge.

Under the hood is where the technology really steps up.  Apple Watch Series 4 incorporates new and advanced sensors that help wearers manage everything from everyday stress to calories burned to emergency situations.  With app-like icons on the screen you can scan the temp outside, the calories you’ve burned, the meetings you’ve scheduled and even your heart rate.

And speaking of heart rate, Series 4 incorporates fall detection and Emergency SOS.  Using its onboard accelerometer and gyroscope, the watch can detect a concerning activity such as a hard fall.  If you don’t move for 60 seconds, the device will automatically trigger an Emergency SOS alert that will call 911, notify your emergency contacts, identify your current location and display your medical ID badge on the screen for arriving emergency personnel.

Later this year, with the introduction of the ECG app, Apple Watch Series 4 will be capable of generating an ECG similar to that of a single-lead electrocardiogram.  The electrodes built into the Digital Crown® and the back crystal will work together with the ECG app to read your heart’s electrical signals.  A simple touch of the Digital Crown will generate an ECG waveform in just 30 seconds.  It’s data that can indicate whether your heart rhythm shows signs of atrial fibrillation — a serious form of irregular heart rhythm — which is then securely stored in the Health app to later be shared with doctors.

Wow.  Remember when a watch just used to tell time?

Other Series 4 technical improvements include a 50% louder speaker that improves audio quality for Siri® and the new Walkie-Talkie mode; a relocated microphone that enables clearer calls; haptic feedback in the Digital Crown that delivers a precise, click-like feel; and Bluetooth 5 for faster data transfer over greater distances.

And if you’re looking to put on a new face, well, Series 4 has plenty of those, too.  There’s even a face that will help slow down your breathing, calm you down and recenter yourself.  (No, really.)  Happily, despite the boost in size, Series 4 can use the same bands as previous models.

Apple Watch Series 4 pricing starts at $399 for GPS-only models and $499 for cellular-capable models.  The cellular models, as before, will require additional cost for your mobile plan.  Apple Watch Series 3 remains available at lower prices starting at $279 for GPS and $379 for cellular.

Important notice.  Apple has just introduced WatchOS5.  As always, CranstonIT recommends you do not update your Apple Watch until Apple releases the second point update.  If you upgrade before the apps and services you depend upon are fully compatible, you may experience issues that will negatively impact personal or business performance.  Questions?  Contact contact CranstonIT at 888-813-5558 or support@cranstonit.com