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CUPERTINO, Calif.—Apple ushered the Apple Watch Series 4 into the world today, just one year after introducing its first smartwatch with LTE. Rumors proved to be true: the Series 4 forgoes a complete overhaul (sorry, no round Watch yet) and instead sports a larger, edge-to-edge screen, improved hardware to make it a better calling device as well as a better health device.
After Apple debuted the Watch and the newest iPhones, we had a chance to go hands-on with the new Series 4 Watches. We played with its edge-to-edge displays, examined its new ECG electrodes, and learned more about its new "fall detection" feature.
Arguably the most confusing things about the Apple Watch Series 4 are its sizes. It comes in 40mm and 44mm case sizes, but consumers who want to upgrade and keep their band collection don't have to fret. The new models are compatible with all old bands: the old 38mm bands will work on the new 40mm watches, and the old 42mm bands will work on the new 44mm size.
Rather than the case dimensions, it's the new, bigger screens that make the new models look and feel different from their antecedents. Apple says the edge-to-edge screens on the Series 4 Watches are at least 30 percent larger than those on previous models, and that's most noticeable on the new 44mm watch. The larger Series 4 appears taller than its predecessor thanks to the enlarged screen area, and the amount of potential screen space that's lost on a Series 3 device is immediately apparent.
The 40mm Series 4 has, what appears to be, subtle differences relative to a typical 38mm Series 3. The glossy screen area appears smaller on the Series 4, but Apple used the space more efficiently, so the amount of screen space is actually larger.
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