Apple announces limited edition Apple Watch Series 6 for Black History Month

The news: As part of a number of Black History Month initiatives, including highlights across Apple Music, News, TV+ and more, Apple also unveiled the first limited edition Apple Watch variant.

  • The Black History Month Apple Watch Series 6 appears to be a modified version of the Space Gray Aluminum Case model
  • Etched into the back of the limited edition watch is “Black Unity” with the accompanying Black Unity Sport Band featuring “Truth. Power. Solidarity.” laser-engraved on the closure
  • Apple Watch Series 6 Black Unity launches on February 1, and will only be available for purchase until the end of the month

Our take: In a video just a few weeks back, I just mentioned how cool it would be for Apple to acknowledge a social cause meaningful to them via a special edition product in the US. And here it is. To learn more about Apple’s 2021 initiatives for Black History Month, click here.

Apple Watch Series 6 is thinner, has larger battery & more

The news: The Apple Watch Series 6 is a very different watch than the Series 5, at least internally, according to a teardown by iFixit.

  • The battery received a “3.5% increase for the 44mm battery, and an even bigger 8.5% increase for the 40mm”
  • Force Touch has been removed, contributing the the Series 6 being 3.16% thinner
  • A larger Taptic Engine is present inside the new watches, too

Our take: It’s always fascinating to learn what really changed on the inside of some new products. Super cool to see that there is a physically larger battery on the inside!

Apple Watch Series 6 to support fast charging, come in new colorway

The leak: The Apple Watch Series 6 is set to be a much more significant upgrade than last year, according to Kang (95% accurate).

The included feature-set leaked on Weibo earlier.

  • Blood oxygen sensor
  • Altimeter
  • Improved performance
  • Same battery life
  • New color
  • New band material
  • Apple S6 chip
  • Fast charging

Our take: This Weibo source nailed a ton of leaks for the iPhone SE and macOS Big Sur earlier this year. Plus, this pretty much lines up with everything we’ve been hearing about the new watch.

Thanks to DuanRui for spotting these posts on Weibo.

Apple Watch Series 6: every leak and rumor

We’re less than three days away from Apple’s mysterious September 15 event: here’s everything we’ve heard so far about the Apple Watch Series 6.

100% confirmed

From metadata included in Apple’s official livestream, link

  • ‘Apple Watch Series 6’ naming (thanks to YouTube metadata)
  • Unveil at Apple September 15 event

More than 75% likely

According to Ming-Chi Kuo (76.6% accurate), link

  • Faster processor
  • Increased water resistance
  • Faster Wi-Fi and cellular speeds

According to 9to5Mac (75.1% accurate), link

  • Blood oxygen saturation monitoring

More than 50% likely

From Jon Prosser (67.6% accurate), link

  • Panic attack detection due to new blood oxygen sensor
    • May also come in 2021
  • Apple Watch ‘Pro’ naming scheme

Less than 1% likely

From I don’t even know but everyone is saying it so it probably came from somewhere

  • Navy blue colorway

AirTags & Apple Watch Series 6 unveil possible at Apple October event

The rumor: The iPhone 12, Apple Watch Series 6 and AirTags will be unveiled at an online Apple event in October, according to Macotakara (67.4%% accurate).

  • Macotakara says this info comes from the supply chain
  • Jon Prosser (77.8% accurate) believes the Apple Watch Series 6 is coming in September
  • AirTags were reportedly set to debut last March alongside the iPhone SE (2020)

Our take: I think Macotakara is off on this one…at least for the Apple Watch Series 6. Stock is really low on Apple’s website currently, but it is very plausible that Apple waits to unveil AirTags until October (on stage at a proper event).