The Apple Watch Series 6 is the newest smartwatch from Apple, although the company also announced the all-new and cheaper Watch SE at the same time. With these two watch options now available to buy, consumers have a choice of going with the latest and greatest or saving significantly while still getting a typical Apple Watch experience.
The Apple Watch continues to be a hugely popular option for consumers. While it is not the only smartwatch, with alternatives available from Samsung, Fitbit, Fossil, among others, those companies have struggled to generate the same level of interest and sales as Apple has with its wearable. The Apple Watch not only comes with an expanded ability to customize the iPhone accessory, but it is also packed full of health-related features and benefits.
Apple announced the Apple Watch Series 6 in September of last year, making it the newest premium smartwatch to come from the company. The Apple Watch Series 6 price starts at $399, although this is for the GPS version. Apple also sells a GPS plus cellular option which starts at $499. Of course, these are only the base models. Consumers are able to choose from a variety of styles and designs that can further add to the overall cost. At the same time as announcing the Watch Series 6, Apple also unveiled the all-new Apple Watch SE. Building on the success of the company’s SE version of the iPhone, the Watch SE provides consumers with a much cheaper way to buy and own an Apple Watch. For example, the Apple Watch SE price starts at $279 for the GPS version while the GPS plus cellular variant starts at $329. Once again, certain styles and designs can greatly increase the cost.
In terms of which one is best for an individual, that will likely come down to their specific needs and budget. The Apple Watch 6 is certainly the better model overall. To begin with, it comes with an Always-On Retina display, as well as many advanced health features, such as a blood oxygen sensor and ECG. Along with the inclusion of a newer S6 chip and a U1 Ultra Wideband chip, the Apple Watch Series 6 is the company’s most advanced smartwatch to date.
In contrast, the Apple Watch SE is missing the blood oxygen sensor and ECG, as well as being powered by the slightly older S5 chip and missing the U1 chip. In spite of these omissions, the Apple Watch SE still shares many of the same features as the Watch Series 6, including the same sized Retina display, water resistance, and the ability to deliver heart rate notifications, albeit via a slightly older optical heart sensor. For those not in need of the absolute best and most premium health-related features and performance boosts that Apple has to offer, the Watch SE’s cheaper price and similar general experience is likely to prove more appealing.