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Apple Watch Series 4 offers built-in EKG, new watch faces, and a 30% larger screen

For some reason, Apple really likes its Breathing app.

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At today’s “Gather round” event, Apple introduced the all-new Apple Watch Series 4. The wearable device comes packed with a display that’s 30 percent larger than the previous version. It also includes an FDA-approved EKG monitor.

The new models, available in 40mm and 44mm, includes a re-engineered Digital Crown that provides for haptic feedback and a built-in speaker that’s 50 percent louder.

There are a few new watch faces, including one with nine complications. There’s also a revised Modular watch face. Additionally, the Breathe app is now available as three separate watch faces. When using these, you simply raise your wrist to begin a breathing session. These are called fire, water, and vapor.

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One of the new watch faces featuring contact information for friends (Image: KnowTechie)

The new heart detection feature lets you perform an electrocardiogram, or ECG readings, as well as rhythm detection for low heart rhythm, with background detection for atrial fibrillation, and low heart rate monitoring to detect low blood flow from the heart.

On the back, you’ll find ceramic and sapphire crystal. Inside, there’s a new 64-bit Dual Core processor that provides up to 2x faster performance. It also includes a faster accelerometer and gyroscope technologies, which allows for better sensitivity, such as detecting a physical fall.

The 44mm Apple Watch is available in GPS and GPS + Cellular versions, in Silver, Space Gray, and Gold aluminum case options, and stainless steel options in Silver, Space Black, and Gold. Prices begin at $399 for the GPS models and $499 for the GPS + Cellular models.

The Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS + Cellular) and the Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS) goes on sale starting Friday, September 14th. Units will ship out and will also be made available to the public on September 21 in Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UAE, UK, and the US.

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Bryan considers himself a well-rounded techie, having written articles for MakeUseOf, KnowTechie, AppAdvice, iDownload Blog. When he's not writing, he's being a single dad and rooting for his alma mater, Penn State, or cheering on the Patriots.

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