I just packaged up my Series 5 to ship out after selling it a couple of days ago, so it will be a long two weeks waiting for my new Series 6 to arrive. That said, I’m happy I got what I was able to out of it. Stainless Apple Watches aren’t cheap, so every bit helps.
Speaking of selling, if you are looking to make a few bucks to raise funds for a new Series 6, take a look at Swappa. It’s about as safe and straightforward of a place as you will find to sell your used gear. You might make a little more elsewhere, but I really appreciate an online marketplace that prioritizes the security of both parties.
Anyway, enough about the past. Now it’s time to look to the near future.
While Apple’s event only focused on four new products, a new service and a services bundle, Apple actually ended up leaving out a few new Apple Watch Series 6 features. While they were revealed soon after the event, I think they are interesting enough to be worth a little further discussion.
It pays to be first
The Series 6 will be the first Watch to get Apple’s year-old U1 chip and ultra wideband antenna. This chip could be used to facilitate compatibility with Apple’s brand new CarKeys feature. It will also make tracking down a lost Apple Watch with a high degree of accuracy a snap.
Considering the smaller size of the Watch, a little extra help finding one that’s lost is much appreciated. This is a particularly valuable attribute for models without cellular, which are far more difficult to track down after the fact. Here’s hoping the U1 proves to be as useful as I hope it will be, and that it finds its way into all new Apple devices soon.
It’s also good to be faster
I was really hoping that the Series 6 would get fast charging and was pretty disappointed when it wasn’t announced as one of the new features during the event. After all of the talk about new Sleep Tracking features in watchOS 7, I figured it would be discussed during the show. When it wasn’t, I suspected it might not have made the cut this year. It wouldn’t have been the first feature to fall victim to 2020.
However, as often happens with Apple events, there were a few things that Apple saved for later. Fast charging was one of them this time around. Where and how it got announced don’t matter to me as long as we got it. I think it will be a big help to those of us who barely get through a day between an always-on screen and workouts or other uses. This is the best way Apple has to make sleep tracking easier for demanding users to take advantage of.
A new way to pay
When Apple announced their no interest Apple Card device payment plans for the iPad, AirPods, Macs and other devices earlier this year, I thought it was a great idea. This is exactly the kind of thing that will benefit current card holders, while also making the Apple Card more attractive to a wider audience. It also gives Apple more control over the purchasing and financing process than a loan program like the iPhone Upgrade Program.
I remember being really surprised that the Apple Watch wasn’t on the list of eligible devices when these payment plans were announced. As popular as Apple’s first wearable is, it just didn’t make sense to me. Well, Apple rectified this oversight this week, adding the Watch to the list of devices that can be purchased with an Apple Card using a zero interest payment plan. I guess Apple was just saving this to make a splash with the new Series 6 hardware.
At this point, there aren’t any Apple Watch mysteries remaining to investigate or secrets left to discover. We know what we’re getting in one to two weeks. I’m just happy that what we are getting is a little better than what we thought immediately after the event, and even a little easier to purchase.