CNN Tech reviews Apple Watch Series 4: It’s time to give one to Grandma

“September is typically the time for Apple fans to ooh and ahh over the latest smartphones — and the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are indeed worthy upgrades,” Samantha Murphy Kelly writes for CNN Tech. “But the real showstopper this year is the smartwatch: It’s faster, more functional and could literally save your life.”

“The Apple Watch Series 4, which hits stores on Friday, represents the watch’s first major redesign since its 2015 debut,” Kelly writes. “Tucked into a more attractive design — including slightly rounded corners, a slimmer body and 30% more screen space to tap tiny icons and texts — this new Apple Watch is also a health-tracking powerhouse.”

MacDailyNews Take: Just don’t use the Nike Run Club app on any Apple Watch, including, inexplicably, the Apple Watches Nike+ models. It will fail you, mess up your runs, and make you wonder how Apple could allow the namesake app of their product exist as such a mess for years. We’ll shut up about this when Apple steps in to fix this app (or drops the Nike+ models) or until Nike frees our years worth of data so we can take it to a quality running app made by competent developers who care.

Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS + Cellular) in Stainless Steel Case with White Sport Band (40mm left, 44mm right)
Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS + Cellular) in Stainless Steel Case with White Sport Band (40mm left, 44mm right)

“Apple’s greater push into health is its biggest growth opportunity. It will likely appeal to a new demographic, ignite partnerships with health and life insurance companies to offer the device to employees, and roll out internationally,” Kelly writes. “IDC predicts Apple Watch sales will soar more than 38% year-over-year and expects that rate to continue for the next 5 years, largely because of the device’s focus on health… For now, the company hopes you’ll splurge on an Apple Watch this holiday season not only for the kids and for yourself — but for Grandma, too.”

Read more in the full review here.

MacDailyNews Take: The excellent reviews keep piling up for Apple Watch Series 4!

Ars Technica reviews Apple Watch Series 4: Makes a big difference in the Apple Watch experience – September 26, 2018
Siri Shortcuts can’t even launch the Nike Run Club app, despite Apple selling Nike-branded Apple Watches for years – September 18, 2018
Apple Watch Series 4 gets stellar reviews – September 19, 2018
CNBC reviews Apple Watch Series 4: ‘The best smartwatch you can buy’ – September 19, 2018
Hodinkee reviews Apple Watch Series 4: ‘It’s high time you give the Apple Watch a shot’ – September 19, 2018
The Verge reviews Apple Watch Series 4: The best gets better; at least an order of magnitude better than other smartwatches – September 19, 2018
CNBC reviews Apple Watch Series 4: ‘The best smartwatch you can buy’ – September 19, 2018


  1. It is a nice watch and I checked it out yesterday at the Apple Store, but think I will keep my Series 3 for another year.

    I think the watch is going to be the Apple Hardware that will be evolving the fastest the next couple of years. The Phone is a pretty mature platform as are the iPad and Macintosh.

  2. For someone who its 85 the iWatch4 is a must.
    I have a the 2 but have my order in for an upgrade to version 4. I use the outdoor walk and the workout apps every day and the upcoming ECG will be a blessing even though its only one lead. It can give me a heads up. I am awaiting its arriving in October!

  3. I’m a senior too but am waiting for the Apple’s native glucose monitoring capabilities (no third party CGM such as Dexcom required). If I purchase one watch at that price, that’s the capability that I want for the life of the watch.

  4. I went from a Series 1 to this Series 4 and I absolutely love it. I want the glucose monitoring too but this was too fine an upgrade for me not to buy. I have a feeling we’re still another two years or more away for that. But when it happens it will be a game changer for many and a runaway hit for Apple.

    Though blood pressure monitoring would be nice too though I am fortunate to have better than usual blood pressure for a guy my age – at least that’s what the doctor says.

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