Apple Watch For Dummies
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Apple Watch comes in a few different sizes and configurations. For Series 1, Series 2, and Series 3 watches, you have a choice of a screen that’s either 38 millimeters (about 1.5 inches) or 42 millimeters (roughly 1.65 inches).

For Apple Watch Series 4, Apple Watch Series 5, Apple Watch Series 6, and Apple Watch SE (a less expensive model introduced in 2020), sizes measure 40 mm (1.57 inches) or 44 mm (1.73 inches), but they have narrower “bezels” (borders), therefore the watch face is virtually all screen (and it’s a beauty).

You measure the size of your screen from the top of the Apple Watch screen to the bottom and not diagonally — similar to how most screens from consumer electronics are measured (such as smartphones and tablets).

Although you’ve likely already bought a watch before reading this article, note that there are a few different versions of Apple Watch options available today — with the most popular version, Apple Watch Series 6, shown in the following figure — and a few accessories you can purchase to customize your watch. For a more extensive discussion about the Apple Watch collections, or for when you want to convince a friend or coworker that he or she needs an Apple Watch, visit

Apple Watch Series 6 The most popular Series 6 Apple Watch has multiple band colors, styles, and material options, too.

Excluding the various bands you can buy from Apple, the five different Apple Watch options are:

  • Apple Watch Series 3: Although not the newest Apple Watch available, this model was the first to offer either a GPS chip — to accurately capture location information — or a GPS and cellular option.
  • Apple Watch Series 6: At the time of writing, this is the latest Apple Watch, which debuted in the fall of 2020. Along with new band materials and styles, it added an even better “always on” screen, blood-oxygen monitor, always-on altimeter, and more.
  • Apple Watch SE: Much like the less expensive iPhone SE, Apple Watch SE is meant to give you premium features at a more affordable price. It includes a great-looking Retina display, advanced sensors to track your movement and sleep, and more.
  • Apple Watch Nike+: Ideal for fitness types who like the Nike brand, this special edition Apple Watch Series 4 (and special loop band) was designed to be your running partner and synchronizes with the Nike Run Club app and Nike Training Club app.
  • Apple Watch Hermès: A partnership between Apple and Hermès, this fashion-centric watch includes bold, colorful (and extra-long wraparound) leather bands and an exclusive new watch face.
You also have a ton of choices when it comes to the material and wrist band styles you want in an Apple Watch. In fact, with Apple Watch Series 6, you can go with aluminum, stainless steel, titanium or ceramic!

Apple Watch bands Wow! What a selection of different materials and bands to choose from with Apple Watch Series 6.

In the fall of 2019, Apple also announced Apple Watch Studio, a website that lets you choose a case and pair any band. Try it out for yourself at

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