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When it comes to smartwatches and fitness trackers, one brand has been a household name from the start. That's right, Apple. For the last few years now, we have come to expect Apple to release a new series of Apple Watch sometime in September. If this trend holds, we can expect to hear a lot about Apple Watch Series 6 in 2020. That won't help you too much if you're in the market for a new Apple Watch now, so we have put together a buying guide. What's better Apple Watch series 3, series 5, or should you wait for 2020's Series 6?
Apple Watch has been the best smartwatch.
While a lot of people believe that Apple Watch is falling behind on new features, most people still prefer and want them over other brands. Why? Well, probably because Apple knows how to make its products easy to use. The functionality of Apple is what makes people stand in line for each new product release. We should start calling September, stand in line month because die-hard Apple fans do just that every year. Another reason for Apple's popularity over other brands is the apps. For the best health and fitness apps, Apple wins hands down!
So, does that mean that the Apple Watch Series 6 is going to be a big hit too? All signs point to yes. Here's why.
First, you need to understand that while Apple Watch has a leg up on the current smartwatch, wearables, and fitness tracker market, they fall short in a few areas. For years the biggest complaints were:
Okay, so these are pretty big deals in the wearable market. If you are like us here at Active Diabetics, you want to know that your fitness tracker is going to record every workout. The newest rumors swirling around Apple Watch 6, is that we can expect to see longer battery life. We are also looking forward to better water resistance with fewer moving parts and sleep tracking software.
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If all this is true, then we can expect to see long lines for the new Series 6 watch. Does that mean that you should wait until September 2020 to buy a new Apple Watch? No, here's why.
First, you should know that many of the upgrades in series 6 will be software related. This means that they will likely release an update for the Apple Series 3 and 5 watches. Most of the new features will be added to older models. So if Series 6 has a longer battery life because they tweaked all the coding and software, then your Series 5 and 3 will likely see a boost too.
Another reason you don't need to wait is going to be bug fixes and the price. If you stand in line for series 6 and you end up being one of the first people to own it, you will pay more for a product that will work and look a lot like the previous models. If that is your jam, go ahead and do it, more power to you.
If you are like most of us, what we really want is a wearable that will deliver the features we want right now. That leaves us with two very good options: the Apple Watch Series 3 and the newest version Series 5.
Here are the biggest differences between the two models to help you decide which is best for you:
Apple Watch Series 5 has:
Other than that, most of the features are the same. The battery life for both models is about 18 hours, depending on your settings and use.
By now, you may be wondering why we seem to be ignoring Apple Watch Series 4. Well, why include it if Apple's own website doesn't. At the time of writing this buyer's guide, Apple's own online store seems to have dropped it. You can certainly buy the Series 4 Apple Watch here, which happens to be great. It is the series I am currently wearing until I unwrap the Series 5 on Christmas morning (fingers crossed).
The truth is all three available Apple Watches would be excellent for just about anyone. They are the most customizable with all the different accessories and bands. They are easy to use; most people figure them out pretty quickly. They are continually updating the software to improve user experience.
The number one reason Apple Watches are a must for active individuals is all the health features. If you want the best wearable to track your exercise, heart rate, and all things important to you, Apple is the way to go.
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