At this year’s September media event Apple has announced a radically redesigned Apple Watch, which features a larger display, body size and a bunch of new features that make it a must have upgrade for Apple Watch enthusiasts. If you are planning on upgrading your Apple Watch or perhaps buying one for the first time, choosing which model to purchase can be a little confusing.
To help you out, we have compared different models that are available for purchase in the Apple Watch lineup. This article covers the differences between Apple Watch Series 4 models. Each of these model differ from each other in terms of connectivity features, finishes and bands. We will also take a look at Apple Watch budget option, which is available in the form of last year’s Series 3. So without any further ado, lets get started.
Size Differences Between Apple Watch Series 4 Models
The new Apple Watches come in different sizes than the previous models. From 1st generation to Series 3 last year, Apple Watch was available in two sizes that measured 38mm and 42mm. However this year Apple has increased the size of the Watch’s body in order to make the screen bigger. Now Apple Watch Series 4 is available in 40mm and 44mm sizes. This increased size is noticeable when you put the old and new watches side by side. Whether you will like the new size or not is something you will know once you get the opportunity to wear the new Watches on your wrist.
Difference between finishes and features of Apple Watch Series 4
Just like last year Apple Watch is available in different finishes and also comes in special Nike+ and Hermès editions. Despite a variety of finishes, sizes and bands all new features such as 64-bit dual-core S4 processor, ECG feature, second generation optical heart sensor, fall detection and new Digital Crown with haptic feedback are available across all models.
Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS)
In addition to offering Cellular models like last year, Apple is also selling the GPS versions of the Apple Watch Series 4. The GPS editions have the same features as the cellular models except having the ability to take advantage of cellular data through the eSim feature. This year Apple is only offering the GPS version of the Apple Watch in aluminium finishes, so no stainless steel for GPS-only customers. With the GPS feature, Apple Watch Series 4 is available in Silver, Gold and Space Grey colors.
Apple Watch Series 4 (Cellular + GPS)
If you are going for the more expensive Cellular model you will get the option to choose from the usual aluminium finish in same colors that are available for the GPS only model, or you can go for the glossy and more expensive stainless steel finish. No matter which finish you go for, you can get the Series 4 Cellular Watch in Silver, Gold and Space Grey colors. A premium Milanese Loop strap is also available exclusively with the Stainless Steel look.
One of the things that have changed in the Cellular model over the last year’s Series 3 is that Apple has made the red indicator on the digital crown less obnoxious. Instead of coloring the whole thing red, the Series 4 only has a ring on the digital crown.
Apple Watch Series 4 Nike+ Edition
Nike fans are going to love this. Continuing its partnership with Nike, Apple is offering special Nike+ edition Apple Watch Series 4, which is available in aluminium finish only. Just like the normal GPS model you can buy Nike+ Edition in Silver, Gold and Space Grey colors. Nike+ Series 4 Watch is available in two different looks including Sport band look and Sport Loop band look. In addition to getting special Nike Sport bands you will also get special Nike Watch Faces such as the one shown in the image above.
Apple Watch Series 4 Hermès
Similar to Nike, Apple has also formed a meaningful partnership with luxury brand Hermès as the company offers special Hermes edition Watches to its customers. These Watches come with special Hermes designed leather Watch bands that give the Apple Watch even more of a premium look. Apple Watch Series 4 Hermès is available in multiple styles including Single Tour, Double Tour, Single Tour Rallye, Single Tour Deployment Buckle and an exclusive Hermès Sport Band Orange. Just like the Nike edition Watches, the Hermès Watches also come with exclusive Watch Faces with Hermès branding.
Apple Watch Series 3
Apple Watch Series 4 has a starting price of $399. If you are not prepared to spend that much money on a wearable, then Apple Watch Series 3 is something that you should definitely look at. This last year’s model features very impressive specs that are only second to Series 4. At the starting price of $279, you cannot go wrong with the Series 3 Watch. You can buy Series 3 in GPS, GPS + Cellular as well as in Nike+ editions. With Apple Watch Series 3 you get all the dual-core processor, up to 18 hours battery life, water resistance of up to 50 meters, fitness features, watchOS 5, optional LTE and more.
Pricing and availability of different models
Prices Apple Watch Series 4 models vary based on their size, connectivity features, finish, band style and other factors. Series 4 prices start from $399 all the way up to $1,499, and all of these Watches offer the same features. Apple Watch Series 4 will be available from September 21st. Below you can find a price comparison of different Apple Watch models.
|Apple Watch Series 4 GPS only||$399||$429|
|Apple Watch Series 4 GPS + Cellular (Aluminium)||$499||$529|
|Apple Watch Series 4 GPS + Cellular (Stainless Steel)||$699||$749|
|Apple Watch Series 4 GPS + Cellular (Stainless Steel + Milanese Loop)||$799||$849|
|Apple Watch Series 4 GPS only Nike+ Edition||$399||$429|
|Apple Watch Series 4 GPS + Cellular Nike+ Edition||$499||$529|
|Apple Watch Series 4 Hermès GPS + Cellular (Double Tour)||$1,399||Not available|
|Apple Watch Series 4 Hermès GPS + Cellular (Single Tour)||$1,249||$1,299|
|Apple Watch Series 4 Hermès GPS + Cellular (Single Tour Rallye)||Not available||$1,399|
|Apple Watch Series 4 Hermès GPS + Cellular (Single Tour Deployment Buckle)||Not available||$1,499|
You can also buy the Apple Watch Series 3 from Apple Store with prices for 38mm model being $279 for GPS model and $379 for Cellular model. For 42mm model you can buy the GPS model for $309 for GPS and $409 for Cellular model.
Here you go folks, this was our attempt at outlining differences between Apple Watch Series 4 models. If you still have questions, feel free to leave a comment below.