Apple Watch Series 4 at The Seattle Times

Although I tend to stay up to date on new hardware for my job writing about it, I’ve owned only two Apple Watch models since the product’s introduction in 2015. I bought that first one as soon as it was available, since I was in the middle of writing my book Apple Watch: A Take Control Crash Course.

When the next models came out, I considered each one, but concluded that I didn’t yet need a new model. That changed, at last, with the release of the Apple Watch Series 4 last fall. And boy was it an improvement. (It’s fun to leap several generations of tech.) This version is more responsive, has much better battery life, and interesting new features like the ECG and fall sensor. I use it all day, every day, and wrote about my experiences in my latest Practical Mac column for The Seattle Times: Apple Watch isn’t a necessity like a smartphone, but it’s handy.

(Photo: “Yes, I did just receive the first Apple Watch a few days ago. How could you tell?” Photographed by a kind stranger.)

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