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Apple today shared a new Apple Watch Series 6 ad that highlights the various health-related features of the device like fitness tracking, various kinds of workouts, blood oxygen monitoring, and fall detection.


"With features like fall detection, the Blood Oxygen app and workout tracking, the future of health is on your wrist," reads the tagline for the video.

The Apple Watch Series 6 is the first Apple Watch model to support blood oxygen monitoring, allowing users to see their blood oxygen levels with a quick test, giving them a better idea of their overall health.

The Apple Watch Series 6 ad shared today joins another series of Apple Watch ads that Apple released back in February highlighting ECG, the Sleep app, and more.

Article Link: Apple Shares 'Hello Sunshine' Ad Highlighting Apple Watch Series 6 Health and Fitness Features
 

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Fall detection needs work. In the eight months I’ve had my S6 I’ve gotten three false fall detection alerts. My actions at the times of the alerts were nothing even close to a fall.
 
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I’m seeing a lot of adverts lately for Apple products. Naturally to clear out inventory of soon to be discontinued items.
 
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battery life is still pathetic for them to be claiming this to be a sports watch of any kind. I'll stick with my Garmin that I can go for a long run AND still not have to recharge for several days.
 
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battery life is still pathetic for them to be claiming this to be a sports watch of any kind. I'll stick with my Garmin that I can go for a long run AND still not have to recharge for several days.
An hour and 45 minutes of workout with Bluetooth and cellular takes a baseball bat to my watch’s battery. It goes right back on the charger. And that’s before my day even really begins.
 
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Not bad commercial. It was 10 times better than the night time selfie iPhone promo from a couple of weeks ago.
 
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battery life is still pathetic for them to be claiming this to be a sports watch of any kind. I'll stick with my Garmin that I can go for a long run AND still not have to recharge for several days.

I have an S6, I use it thoughout every day, I sleep with it on. Battery performance is good. For the amount of functions on this watch in this small package it is actually a fantastic performer. I'm not surprised at all that over 110 million were sold in 5 years.
If battery performance is pathetic for you then stay with your very long lasting Garmin. For your smartphones, laptops etc, I'm sure you lead a multi day charmed life of no charging too.
 
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I have an S6, I use it thoughout every day, I sleep with it on. Battery performance is good. For the amount of functions on this watch in this small package it is actually a fantastic performer. I'm not surprised at all that over 110 million were sold in 5 years.
If battery performance is pathetic for you then stay with your very long lasting Garmin. For your smartphones, laptops etc, I'm sure you lead a multi day charmed life of no charging too.
Do you workout outside with it? With GPS, Bluetooth, and cellular? For how long? How much of a hit does your battery take per hour of cardio? Maybe I just need a 6 or maybe a 7.
 
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Do you workout outside with it? With GPS, Bluetooth, and cellular? For how long? How much of a hit does your battery take per hour of cardio? Maybe I just need a 6 or maybe a 7.

I do everything with it, I don't take it off except to shower and swim, including exercising (you can read on that in the recent exercising thread that resurfaced yesterday). But our use cases will not be the same and I wouldn't guarantee to anyone the S6 or any version will last as long as you think it should or need it to. For me I put my watch on the charger in the morning before making coffee, email read, shower. An hour or so does the trick. It is my charging routine as much as plugging the Iphone in overnight or iPad during work hours. Only one that doesn't need regular charging is my MBA M1. This routine's result is my watch never dies from lack of charge on any day in the couple of months I've had it.

I suspect if you get into a similar charging routine it will work out for you, I suspect. But maybe that kind of routine isn't for you. For example, I occasionally have unusually heavily use on my iPhone. It will get low battery before the overnight charging from 8 hour conf call and music listening prepping dinner/cleaning the kitchen. That's my iPhone use case, it will not be yours. But I wouldn't call iPhone battery pathetic. Regardless, if your use case is heavier for an AW, it may not be for you (or shut off functions that you don't care about, O2 for example. Default AW does a lot just sitting on the wrist).
 
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I do everything with it, I don't take it off except to shower and swim, including exercising (you can read on that in the recent exercising thread that resurfaced yesterday). But our use cases will not be the same and I wouldn't guarantee to anyone the S6 or any version will last as long as you think it should or need it to. For me I put my watch on the charger in the morning before making coffee, email read, shower. An hour or so does the trick. It is my charging routine as much as plugging the Iphone in overnight or iPad during work hours. Only one that doesn't need regular charging is my MBA M1. This routine's result is my watch never dies from lack of charge on any day in the couple of months I've had it.

I suspect if you get into a similar charging routine it will work out for you, I suspect. But maybe that kind of routine isn't for you. For example, I occasionally have unusually heavily use on my iPhone. It will get low battery before the overnight charging from 8 hour conf call and music listening prepping dinner/cleaning the kitchen. That's my iPhone use case, it will not be yours. But I wouldn't call iPhone battery pathetic. Regardless, if your use case is heavier for an AW, it may not be for you (or shut off functions that you don't care about, O2 for example. Default AW does a lot just sitting on the wrist).
I charge the watch overnight, every night.

I get up, workout for 1:45 running the workout app and Bluetooth to my AirPod Pros. I get back home with under 60% remaining, even on airplane mode.

I put the watch on the charger while I shower and make breakfast. It usually makes it back over 90%, but not to 100%.

I use it the rest of the day with cellular on but it’s usually close to my phone. It’s down to 55-57% when I get home. I put it back on the charger while I make dinner and eat.

I turn off the cellular and walk for 45 minutes. The battery is good for the rest of the night and then I put it on the charger.

That‘s the only charging routine that works. If I wore it at night, it wouldn’t last through my morning workout.

I don’t know whether the issue is that my battery health is down to 84% or if something has gone wonky with the cell signal in part of my workout route, or both, but the watch won’t make it through a day for me without at least one recharge.
 
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I have an S6, I use it thoughout every day, I sleep with it on. Battery performance is good. For the amount of functions on this watch in this small package it is actually a fantastic performer. I'm not surprised at all that over 110 million were sold in 5 years.
If battery performance is pathetic for you then stay with your very long lasting Garmin. For your smartphones, laptops etc, I'm sure you lead a multi day charmed life of no charging too.
apple's own site says gps will last 7 hours. my experience from previous apple watches is that within 6 months, for sure by a year the battery will last less than 6. now we're getting to the point where a lot of people won't have a watch that'll last for the duration of running a marathon - assuming they want it to track, which most would. personally, I'm an ultra marathon distance runner so it doesn't even come close for what I need. I realize that's outside the norm for most people and you'll never see anyone wearing an Apple Watch at the starting line of anything 50K or longer.

couple that with the annoyance of the necessity of constantly taking your watch off to charge it if you do even an hour or two of a gps tracked workout, and using it for other uses. apple's "full day battery life" explains moderate usage and gives it 18 hours. I don't want the annoyance of charging it mid day every day, don't want to buy a second charger to have at work - or the hassle of bringing the only charger with me all day, etc.

it just is not a fitness watch.
 
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I charge the watch overnight, every night.

I get up, workout for 1:45 running the workout app and Bluetooth to my AirPod Pros. I get back home with under 60% remaining, even on airplane mode.

I put the watch on the charger while I shower and make breakfast. It usually makes it back over 90%, but not to 100%.

I use it the rest of the day with cellular on but it’s usually close to my phone. It’s down to 55-57% when I get home. I put it back on the charger while I make dinner and eat.

I turn off the cellular and walk for 45 minutes. The battery is good for the rest of the night and then I put it on the charger.

That‘s the only charging routine that works. If I wore it at night, it wouldn’t last through my morning workout.

I don’t know whether the issue is that my battery health is down to 84% or if something has gone wonky with the cell signal in part of my workout route, or both, but the watch won’t make it through a day for me without at least one recharge.

I can tell you that's not my battery experience. It may be worth calling Support/opening a case. Or try these tips:



Your usage may need a watch that emphasizes battery. Your use case may be too heavy for the AW. Ot hold out, use the Garmin for now, see what S7 does with battery performance that may fit you better.
 
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apple's own site says gps will last 7 hours. my experience from previous apple watches is that within 6 months, for sure by a year the battery will last less than 6. now we're getting to the point where a lot of people won't have a watch that'll last for the duration of running a marathon - assuming they want it to track, which most would. personally, I'm an ultra marathon distance runner so it doesn't even come close for what I need. I realize that's outside the norm for most people and you'll never see anyone wearing an Apple Watch at the starting line of anything 50K or longer.

couple that with the annoyance of the necessity of constantly taking your watch off to charge it if you do even an hour or two of a gps tracked workout, and using it for other uses. apple's "full day battery life" explains moderate usage and gives it 18 hours. I don't want the annoyance of charging it mid day every day, don't want to buy a second charger to have at work - or the hassle of bringing the only charger with me all day, etc.

it just is not a fitness watch.

Provide the documentation that Apple states "apple's own site says gps will last 7 hours.".
I'll also provide documentation too. We can provide potential buyers real information won't we?
But even better, and he is not a per se fan of Apple Watch and calls it out when not right, here is a tester putting the SE and S6 through various tests, even over several upgrades: 90 minute bike rides, workouts outdoor, workouts indoor, various settings. For example 13% usage for an outdoor 90 minute bike ride. 11% 8 hour sleep with O2/BPM->sleep tracking on. But those can be improved with custom settings.
Apple is for sure packing features on there but that comes at a cost of a nightly charge (or daily or whenever your schedule works).


Fyi, to others and previous poster, turning off the always on screen improved battery life nicely. Turning off O2 saves a bit. He noted that S6 performs better battery turning off features vs the SE (though not significantly). The video is worth a watch for battery tips if your use case is heavy battery usage or even to find out if it just isn't right for you. For those adamant that it isn't a fitness device because of a 50k run (seriously?) and know the battery is virtually dead in 6 months, I doubt the video will be useful.
 
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Apple today shared a new Apple Watch Series 6 ad that highlights the various health-related features of the device like fitness tracking, various kinds of workouts, blood oxygen monitoring, and fall detection.


"With features like fall detection, the Blood Oxygen app and workout tracking, the future of health is on your wrist," reads the tagline for the video.

The Apple Watch Series 6 is the first Apple Watch model to support blood oxygen monitoring, allowing users to see their blood oxygen levels with a quick test, giving them a better idea of their overall health.

The Apple Watch Series 6 ad shared today joins another series of Apple Watch ads that Apple released back in February highlighting ECG, the Sleep app, and more.

Article Link: Apple Shares 'Hello Sunshine' Ad Highlighting Apple Watch Series 6 Health and Fitness Features
They should have licensed the song of the same name, “hello sunshine” by Aretha Franklin. That’s a banger, one of my favorite Aretha songs ever:
 
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It's an unfortunate direction, fueled by greed and justified with good intentions.

Humans who do not know innately whether or not they are sick will be controlled by systems that tell them whether or not they're sick.

The greatest technology on earth is the human body.

I had an Apple Watch but found it utterly useless. Heart rate detection worked well and I hooked it up to the phone and then I ended up with a graph showing my heart rate.

I found that to be completely nonsensical. Seeing my heart rate as a chart has no benefits to me, and certainly does not make me healthier.

What makes me healthier: Listening to my body; eating the best foods I can find; meditation; going out into nature.

I wonder if there is a technology that can actually improve our health, rather than just pretending to.
 
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It's an unfortunate direction, fueled by greed and justified with good intentions.

Humans who do not know innately whether or not they are sick will be controlled by systems that tell them whether or not they're sick.

The greatest technology on earth is the human body.

I had an Apple Watch but found it utterly useless. Heart rate detection worked well and I hooked it up to the phone and then I ended up with a graph showing my heart rate.

I found that to be completely nonsensical. Seeing my heart rate as a chart has no benefits to me, and certainly does not make me healthier.

What makes me healthier: Listening to my body; eating the best foods I can find; meditation; going out into nature.

I wonder if there is a technology that can actually improve our health, rather than just pretending to.
I had an underlying heart condition that I only had the chance to rectify because of my AW series 5.. also if you ever go to an ER, you better eat pray love that critical care technology.
 
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battery life is still pathetic for them to be claiming this to be a sports watch of any kind. I'll stick with my Garmin that I can go for a long run AND still not have to recharge for several days.
Yes! I walk for a living and 3 hours into my day battery is at 50%. Battery is atrocious. Have to put watch into theater mode for battery to last the rest of my work day.
 
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Provide the documentation that Apple states "apple's own site says gps will last 7 hours.".
I'll also provide documentation too. We can provide potential buyers real information won't we?
But even better, and he is not a per se fan of Apple Watch and calls it out when not right, here is a tester putting the SE and S6 through various tests, even over several upgrades: 90 minute bike rides, workouts outdoor, workouts indoor, various settings. For example 13% usage for an outdoor 90 minute bike ride. 11% 8 hour sleep with O2/BPM->sleep tracking on. But those can be improved with custom settings.
Apple is for sure packing features on there but that comes at a cost of a nightly charge (or daily or whenever your schedule works).


Fyi, to others and previous poster, turning off the always on screen improved battery life nicely. Turning off O2 saves a bit. He noted that S6 performs better battery turning off features vs the SE (though not significantly). The video is worth a watch for battery tips if your use case is heavy battery usage or even to find out if it just isn't right for you. For those adamant that it isn't a fitness device because of a 50k run (seriously?) and know the battery is virtually dead in 6 months, I doubt the video will be useful.
feels like this is a let-me-google-that-for-you scenario:

here, I've copied the specific part so you don't have to do too much work:

Workout​

Up to 11 hours indoor workout​

Up to 7 hours outdoor workout with GPS​

Up to 6 hours outdoor workout with GPS and LTE​


The Apple Watch just isn't a fitness watch. yes it can track activities, but an actual fitness watch like Garmin, Coros, Suunto, Polar...all offer days if not weeks of a charge AND gps tracking for long runs/bike workouts. Yes, I'm on the extreme side, but 8 million Americans identify as trail runners like I do - not an insignificant amount. trail running is inherently slower and thus takes longer than road running. then there's longer distance bike riders going for 5 hours or more. And people who go for an all day hike, and...there's a lot of people who conceivably could use a watch for more than 7 hours of GPS per day (assuming it's brand new and lot suffering battery capacity loss within a half a year) and don't want to have to recharge it along with the annoyance that brings.

There's nothing wrong with the Apple Watch for what it is - a lifestyle watch. it can do a lot of amazing things. nobody disputes that. and it can track for up to 7 hours using GPS. Great. but buyer beware, you'll be charging it a lot more than you might think initially. Feel like we can have an honest discussion about what the watch is and what it's meant for.

Apple insists on bright colorful displays, thin form factor, and lots of built in options - all of which affect battery life.

If someone wants a watch with a battery that's going to last more than a day - simply put: the Apple Watch isn't for you.
 
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feels like this is a let-me-google-that-for-you scenario:

here, I've copied the specific part so you don't have to do too much work:

Workout​

Up to 11 hours indoor workout​

Up to 7 hours outdoor workout with GPS​

Up to 6 hours outdoor workout with GPS and LTE​


The Apple Watch just isn't a fitness watch. yes it can track activities, but an actual fitness watch like Garmin, Coros, Suunto, Polar...all offer days if not weeks of a charge AND gps tracking for long runs/bike workouts. Yes, I'm on the extreme side, but 8 million Americans identify as trail runners like I do - not an insignificant amount. trail running is inherently slower and thus takes longer than road running. then there's longer distance bike riders going for 5 hours or more. And people who go for an all day hike, and...there's a lot of people who conceivably could use a watch for more than 7 hours of GPS per day (assuming it's brand new and lot suffering battery capacity loss within a half a year) and don't want to have to recharge it along with the annoyance that brings.

There's nothing wrong with the Apple Watch for what it is - a lifestyle watch. it can do a lot of amazing things. nobody disputes that. and it can track for up to 7 hours using GPS. Great. but buyer beware, you'll be charging it a lot more than you might think initially. Feel like we can have an honest discussion about what the watch is and what it's meant for.

Apple insists on bright colorful displays, thin form factor, and lots of built in options - all of which affect battery life.

If someone wants a watch with a battery that's going to last more than a day - simply put: the Apple Watch isn't for you.

Nice bait and switch on the 6 hour claim.
The Apple Watch IS a fitness watch. What the Apple Watch isn't is an athletic endurance watch. If you are training for a 50k, you're free climbing El Capitan, you're going to drive the 24 hour Le Mans, you put in a lot of hours on an almost daily basis training for something -- Apple Watch is absolutely not for you. But you actually say that to mean all "fitness"? Come on...
Maybe you consider yourself in fitness training for the iron man competition and you have every right to call it whatever you want. This category is not an Apple Watch user. But for the vast majority of people, what is called fitness isn't that. The vast majority of people put in fitness, including me, fit into their busy work life a 4 to 5 per week (maybe more for some, maybe less) of about an hour a day. You can't actually believe that is the same as what you describe? You can't actually believe an Apple Watch isn't appropriate for us in the vast majority who aren't the big training or lifestyle of endurance training being a big part of most days.
You're giving people the wrong information for some reason. Be honest and stop using "fitness" in place of the heavy athletic endurance training. Again, yes you are right on the endurance (never spoke to this point) the Apple Watch is definitely, certainly not for them. It simply will not last for all day training. But factually, indisputably for most people, "fitness" is not what you claim it is.
 
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