Apple Watch (iWatch): All Series, Specifications and Prices
Should we say the Apple Smart watch also known as iWatch is the king of all digital wristwatches? Well, maybe. But let’s look at some juicy features these iWatches have.
Hey! you know that asides from the health benefits, smartwatches are a great way to reduce how often you use your phone. They are also a nice piece of fashion if well designed.
The Apple Watch is a great accessory to have especially as an iPhone user. Not only do you get to see real-time health stats, but also real-time notifications from apps on your iPhone, and other cool features.
The iWatch has grown over the years to be a formidable force that can stand its ground against other smartwatches. In the post, I’ll take you through the first, not-so-great Apple watch series, to the much improved, feature-packed watch series 5, and how much you can purchase each of them.
Let’s get to it.
Apple Watch: Series One (iWatch 1)
This is Apple’s first attempt at creating a smartwatch. They did a pretty good job with it in terms of design, but other aspects tend to fall short.
It comes in two sizes: 38mm and 42mm. There isn’t any difference in specifications as they both have a 1.65inch display and a resolution of 390 x 312 pixels. The face is made of glass, and also an OLED display which increases outdoor visibility.
Inside the watch, we get 512MB worth of RAM and 8GB as internal storage. It runs on watchOS 3.0 but can be upgraded to 6.2.5. There is no cellular network support, but the other wireless connections like Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi are well supported.
These are good smartwatch-standard specifications but there’s more:
The iWatch 1 has an IP rating (IPX7) that gives you peace of mind as it is resistant to water damages under certain conditions (1m for 30minutes). Things get more interesting with the heart rate monitor sensor that does a good job showing you your heart rate pretty easily.
These features are all powered by the 250mAh Li-ion battery which could last up to 18 hours. There are no ports on any sides of the iWatch which means it will be using a wireless charger to charge.
When launched in 2016, this was one of the best smart-watch you could get, arguably. It’s a good starting point for Apple, this tiny piece of hardware paved the way for the more prominent models.
PRICE of Apple iWatch 1:
The iWatch 1 starts at $269 ~ N105,000
Apple Watch: Series Two (iWatch 2)
Apple took the health and fitness game to another level on the iWatch 2, packing a lot of nice features for monitoring your health in real-time.
It still comes in the same size variations as the iWatch 1, but with some hardware and software improvements. First is the display which is the same size and resolution as the previous model, but this time, much brighter than its compatriot.
Internal hardware sees the same numbers from RAM to internal storage and even CPU. Battery capacity got a boost to 334mAh. This should give us more juice right? Not exactly, and this is due to the much brighter display and the addition of GPS.
Speaking of GPS, there’s precise counting of your steps throughout the day. This includes stepping out for a jog in the morning, to even walking back home from the office. All stats can be found on the Activity App on the watch, or connected iPhone.
The fun doesn’t stop, it continues on the pool with the ability to go 50-meters below water. The watch stays intact, at the same time counting the number of laps covered while swimming. Check out the official press release to find out more.
PRICE of Apple iWatch 2:
The iWatch 2 starts at $369 ~ N144,000
Apple Watch: Series Three (iWatch 3)
The iWatch 3 marked the beginning of great things to come for Apple. This iteration is now packed with a bunch of features. These series of the Apple Watch are now smarter, thanks to hardware and software advancements.
From the front, we have the sapphire glass protected 1.65-inch screen, which is the same as the previous models, but now with a much better screen-to-body ratio.
Performance is also getting a boost with the watchOS 4 running on the S3 chip. A bigger RAM (768MB) and 2x more storage from series 2, makes multitasking seamless.
Alongside the much improved heart-rate monitor, you can now carry out more actions on the iWatch 3. With your AirPods, you can receive incoming calls with just a swipe. The same goes for text messages, no need to unlock your iPhone to reply to a text, you can do that easily on the watch.
More interestingly is the ability to unlock your MacBook from your watch. This is more like using the buttons on your car keys to unlock your car. Thumbs up Apple! Moving forward, users can now ping their iPhones if they happen to misplace it at home, this should save you a lot of time.
I would wrap up with a feature that for me, is quite controversial: Fall Detection. This feature will automatically call emergency services when you fall awkwardly and remain still for some time. Is this really necessary, Apple? It’s a cool feature to have, but its efficacy is still in doubt (my opinion).
PRICE of Apple iWatch 3:
iWatch 3 (GPS) starts at $199 ~ N78,000
(GPS + Cellular) starts at $299 ~ N117,000
Apple Watch: Series Four (iWatch 4)
A worthy upgrade to the iWatch 3? Definitely, yes. The fourth iteration sees a new design in a little bit larger form factor. This, for me, is head and shoulders ahead of all existing generations.
We now have a slight change, in terms of size, from the previous models. It’s now 44mm and 40mm. One thing to keep in mind is that these numbers don’t translate to a bigger display, I’ll rather look at it from a gender standpoint: where the 44mm is for the men and the 40mm for the women.
Anyways, the actual screen size for both is 1.78-inch with a resolution of 448 x 368 pixels. It’s protected by a sapphire glass, and also features 3D Touch. There’s no much difference in terms of display size, but we get thinner bezels which make things appear bigger on the screen.
There are a couple of new features here; starting with the S4 chip which makes for a faster experience. It comes with a new OS: watchOS 5. As you should expect, this should make the watch more functional.
If you love the digital assistant, the “Raise to talk” feature should be your favorite. Simply facing the watch towards your face initiates Siri and you can then ask your questions. As a plus, you can now use LTE when you pop in an eSim.
For the price you’d be paying, this is a worthy buy.
PRICE of Apple iWatch 4:
The iWatch 4 (GPS) starts at $399 ~ N155,000
(GPS + Cellular) starts at $499 ~ N195,000
Apple Watch: Series Five (iWatch 5)
This is the latest Apple Watch, as when this article was written. It is also one of the top smartwatches available at the moment.
In terms of design, what we have here is a picturesque representation of the Series 4 watch. The common differentiator lies in the software, even though the line seems to be a thin one.
Perhaps the most notable difference which sets this apart from previous generations is the Always-on Display. This feature keeps your screen on at all times, saving you the extra second of clicking the power button or pointing it towards your face to wake up the display.
The major drawback of this feature is the battery; leaving this setting turned on could take a toll on your battery life. Apple, however, states that when idle, the display switches from 60Hz/s refresh rate to a variable refresh rate which could go as low as 1Hz/s. This doesn’t look to work out fine with some customers; some users of the watch series 5 have claimed to have more battery life when this feature was turned off.
If you’re conscious of the battery life, you might want to turn this feature off in the settings. Those on the other side of the divide can choose to leave it on. In both cases, you still get about a full day of use as the ideal situation for our smartphones.
PRICE of Apple iWatch 5:
The iWatch 5 (GPS) starts at $399 ~ N155,000
(GPS + Cellular) starts at $499 ~ N195,000
Apple Smart Watches: Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Apple Watch for Men or Women?
The Apple Watch is made with both genders in mind. It is clear from the size options we get. Ideally, the longer variant would be for the men, and the short, for women. Additionally, women can also keep track of their menstrual cycle right on the watch.
In a nutshell, the men should get the longer variant (42-inch and 44-inch), while the women should get the smaller variants (38-inch and 40-inch). This all makes sense seeing that the men tend to have larger arms.
DISCLAIMER: The prices in this article are for the baseline models. They could go higher depending on the build material or design you choose to go with.
WRAPPING UP: Apple Smart Watch (Series 1 – 5)
I’ll like to end by summarizing these few points: If you need an accessory to help keep track of your health and fitness, this is for you. If you need an accessory to complement your iPhone, the Apple iWatch is perfect. If you’re time conscious and need to keep up with the time at all times, the Apple Watch, like every other watch does this. If you need a smartwatch, look no further!
If you need a watch to look stylish or complement your style, I’ll suggest you look elsewhere as these would not be of much help in this regard.