Apple watch 6 was launched on September 18,2020. In this write up, we will answer a few common queries that new Apple watch 6 users or potential buyers of Apple watch 6 have. We have tried to educate the visitor on significant features of the Apple watch 6, one of the leading smart watches available all over the world.
Does Apple Watch 6 work with iPhone?
Yes, Apple watch 6 works with iOS 14 or later. This means that Apple Watch 6 will work with iPhone 6s or later models.
Does Apple Watch 6 have fall detection?
Yes, Apple watch 6 has an in-built fall detection functionality. All Apple watches 4 or later are able to detect a hard fall and take emergency action, defined by the user. In the event of a detected hard fall, Apple watch 6 will wait for one minute to take any response from you. If you do not respond, it will run a countdown for 30 seconds. In these 30 seconds, it will tap you on the wrist and sound an alert to seek a response from you. If it fails to get a response from you, it will automatically call the emergency services and play a pre-recorded message to indicate that the Apple watch 6 has detected a hard fall. Thereafter, it will send a message to the emergency contacts with your location information. It will mention that it has detected a hard fall, and the location coordinates are sent for further action by the emergency contacts or the emergency teams.
Apple watch 6 is known to have a sound fall detection feature. So, if you have a need to buy a smart watch for its ‘fall detection’, then Apple watch 6 will fit the list on top.
Hard fall detection feature can be easily turned off or on through the app. You could toggle the hard fall detection app whenever you do not want the watch to sense for a fall.
Hard fall detection feature requires Bluetooth access to the iPhone to make emergency calls. If you have a GPS + Cellular model of iPhone watch 6, then the emergency call will be completed by the Apple watch 6, without the need of a separate iPhone device.
Does Apple watch 6 have ECG?
Yes, Apple watch 6 has an in-built ECG app that is designed to track your heart’s rhythm using the sensor on your Apple watch 6. In fact, Apple watch 4 or later have the ECG feature built into the watch. The ECG app is available in a lot many countries. You may check if the Apple watch 6’s ECG feature is supported in your country by checking this link.
From the Apple website:
“The ECG app records an electrocardiogram which represents the electrical pulses that make your heart beat. The ECG app checks these pulses to get your heart rate and see if the upper and lower chambers of your heart are in rhythm. If they’re out of rhythm, that could be AFib.“
Does Apple Watch 6 have SpO2 monitoring?
Apple watch 6 has an in-built SpO2 monitoring. This is a new feature that has been added to Apple watch for the first time in Watch 6. You may choose to take an on demand oxygen saturation level or run the SpO2 monitoring in the background to take multiple readings of oxygen saturation throughout the day.
However, Apple says that SpO2 monitoring should be used for health and wellness reasons can cannot be used for medical reasons. Since, this is a new feature, the results of SpO2 tracking are, seemingly, not reliable enough for seeking a medical action or advice.
Does Apple Watch 6 have GPS?
Yes, Apple watch 6 has GPS that is used for tracking your exercise data. For making calls or message notifications, the Apple watch 6 will connect to the paired iPhone. However, if your Apple watch 6 supports cellular networks, then the Apple watch 6 will make and answer calls on its own. In such a case, a phone is not needed for call functionality.
To make or answer calls from your Apple watch 6, you will need to buy the model that works on cellular networks. This is because the cellular model of Apple watch 6 has an in-built eSIM that is used to connect to the cellular networks. A red dot on the digital crown of your watch will confirm that you have a cellular Apple watch 6. GPS is in-built in all models of Apple watch 6.
Is Apple Watch 6 water proof? Can I swim wearing an Apple Watch 6?
Yes, Apple watch 6 is water resistant to 50 meters depth. This means you can swim wearing an Apple watch 6. However, it is not suggested that one should wear a watch 6 for deep diving or scuba diving.
From the Apple website:
Apple Watch Series 6 have a water resistance rating of 50 meters under ISO standard 22810:2010. This means that they may be used for shallow-water activities like swimming in a pool or ocean. However, they should not be used for scuba diving, waterskiing, or other activities involving high-velocity water or submersion below shallow depth.
Apple watch 6’s water resistance to second only to Garmin Fenix 6. It beats Samsung watch 3 and Fitbit Versa 3 without much of a fight.
Does Apple Watch 6 have a camera?
No, the Apple watch 6 does not come with an in-built camera. However, you are able to use the paired iPhone’s camera app to take pictures. Watch 6 can be used to point at the object that needs to be photographed. The shoot will happen on the paired device. Both, watch 6 and the paired iPhone will need to be within the Bluetooth range to take a photo.
What is the latest version of the Apple Watch OS?
The latest version of Apple watch OS is 7.2. Stable release 7 is the main watch OS that Apple watch 6 users ought to add to their Apple watch 6. This is as of January 2021.
Does Apple Watch 6 work with Android phones?
Apple watch 6 cannot work with an Android phone. It can only work with an iPhone. Alternatively, you may buy the Apple Watch 6 GPS + Cellular model, if you do not wish to use an iPhone or if you do not have an iPhone. The watch 6’s GPS + Cellular model will allow you to make and answer calls using the Apple watch.
Rajesh Dhawan is a technology professional who loves to blog about smart wearables, Cloud computing and Microsoft technologies. He loves to break complex problems into manageable chunks of meaningful information.