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Apple Watch Series 6: Everything to know about Apple’s best watch yet

Published Jul 27th, 2021 7:00AM EDT
Apple Watch Series 6
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There’s little denying it — the Apple Watch is the best smartwatch out there. Not only is the Apple Watch sleek and stylish, but it’s also an excellent fitness tracker, and works excellently with your Apple products. The latest Apple Watch is the Apple Watch Series 6 — and it builds on an already excellent Series 5, and offers a number of refinements.

The Apple Watch Series 6 was released back in September, and is likely to be superseded by the Apple Watch Series 7 in September 2021. But until then, it’s the best smartwatch around.

Curious to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about Apple’s latest watch. Alternatively, if you’re looking for Apple’s next device, check out our guide on the Apple Watch Series 7.

Apple Watch Series 6 design

The Apple Watch Series 6 looks pretty much the same as the Series 5. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. The device is sleek and stylish, offer a square shape with nicely rounded corners and edges. On the right of the device, you’ll get the Digital Crown and the side button, like on previous-generation models.

The watch is available in two sizes — 40mm, and 44mm. There are no consequences to going with one size over the other. So, you can base your decision solely on the size that looks best on your wrists.

The device is available in a number of colors and build materials, like the Apple Watch Series 5 before it. Here’s a quick rundown.

  • Aluminum: Silver, Space Gray, Gold, (Product)Red, Blue
  • Stainless Steel: Silver, Graphite, Gold

Of course, the other decision to make is whether you want a cellular model or not. Stainless steel models only come in cellular — but you don’t have to actually activate the cellular connectivity if you don’t want to.

Apple Watch Series 6 display

The display on the Apple Watch Series 6 is pretty much the same as the Series 5 too — but again, that’s not a bad thing. With the Series 5, Apple brought an always-on display experience to the Apple Watch, and that remains here. That means that you can glance at your wrist to see the time, without having to turn your arm and wake the screen.

Apple Watch Series 6 DisplayImage source: Christian de Looper for BGR

The device also offers Apple’s variable refresh rate. That means that it can vary its refresh rate between 1Hz and 60Hz, helping save on battery.

Apple Watch Series 6 health tracking

The latest Watch keeps all of the awesome fitness-tracking features on offer by previous-generation devices, and adds a few of its own. You’ll still get heart rate tracking, step-tracking, and the EKG sensor — plus, the Apple Watch can now track blood oxygen levels, both in the background, and on-demand. It’s not aimed at being a medical device, but like the EKG, it could be helpful for some.

The device offers other new tracking features as well. For example, it has an always-on altimeter, which can track your elevation at all times. That’s handy for hikers, but considering it’s always on, it could help with other things too.

Apple Watch Series 6 FitnessImage source: Christian de Looper for BGR

Apple Watch Series 6 specs

As is tradition, the watch gets a minor spec bump. Now, raw processing power usually isn’t a huge deal for the Apple Watch, since you won’t be using it for things like gaming. But more powerful chipsets can ensure that the device performs smoothly for years to come, even after years of software updates.

The watch comes with the Apple S6 chipset, which is a dual-core processor.

Apple Watch Series 6 price and availability

The Apple Watch Series 6 was announced in September, and as such is now widely available to the public. The watch starts at $399 for the 40mm model, and $429 for the 44mm model.

For a cheaper Apple Watch experience, it’s worth checking out the Apple Watch SE, which starts at $279.

Christian de Looper Senior Reviews Editor

Christian de Looper is based in sunny Santa Cruz, California. He has been expertly reviewing tech products for more than 8 years, and brings experience in deep technical analysis of consumer electronics devices to BGR's reviews channel.