Apple Watch Series 4 teardown reveals the magic behind the redesigned wearable

Some of the new Apple Watch Series 4 offerings including the ‘vapour’ watch face, which went on sale last Friday. Apple

Some of the new Apple Watch Series 4 offerings including the ‘vapour’ watch face, which went on sale last Friday. Apple

So far, only the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given clearance, sending the iPhone-maker confirmation on September 11 - just one day before Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook took to the stage at the company's headquarters to announce the product.

On Thursday, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in an interview that the USA regulator wants to make it easier for other companies to follow Apple's lead in integrating products like the Apple Watch's heart monitor into new consumer gadgets.

But for all that the Apple Watch does, it's still fun to accessorize.

Moving on to the Apple Watch Series 4 ad, the 30-second spot goes by the name of "Better You", and focuses on the fitness-related benefits of the Apple Watch. Our teardown uncovered a streamlined antenna system, a display that's both bigger and thinner, and a new ECG conductive digital crown.

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Initial glance upon internals provides more or less the same look as previous iterations of the smartwatch with the battery and the Taptic Engine covering most of the place. Fortunately, you can quickly change that. The same sensor has a dedicated cutout beside the microphone on the Series 3. They work with every model of Apple Watch unless otherwise indicated. Numerous other details are different; for example, the screen of the new Watch has slightly more rounded corners, and the taptic engine is a big longer but also thinner.

The repositioned speakers let Apple remove one of the case openings from the Series 3 model. According to the folks over at iFixit, space could have made room for a bigger battery. The only obstacle at this stage is the display as the battery is fairly easy to replace.

Apple officially introduced its 2018 line-up of iPhones and and Apple Watch at an event in California last week.

It would be interesting to know whether reviewers realized fall detection was disabled before testing it with Series 4.

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