The Apple Watch Series 6 and the new Apple Watch Nike edition are identical in terms of performance, but feature a few key differences in band, case, and aesthetic options. Here's what you should know.
As far as specifications, the two Apple Watch variants are identical. Both sport a new blood oxygen sensor, Apple Silicon S6 chipset, baked-in altimeter, and a brighter display. Performance and capabilities between the two will be the same.
There are a few minor cosmetic differences in the setup process and on the rear of the device. The Apple Watch Nike edition comes with the Nike+ Run Club app preinstalled.
The biggest difference between the two models is the fact that Apple Watch Nike editions come bundled with Nike bands.
Options for the Nike Sport Band include Spruce Aura and Vapor Green; Blue Black and Bright Mango; Obsidian Mist and Black; Pride; Pure Platinum and Black; and Anthracite and Black. There are also Nike Sport Loop bands available in Spruce Aura, Purple Pulse, Obsidian Mist, Summit White, and Black.
The Apple Watch Nike edition also includes exclusive watch faces that you won't be able to get on other variants. New this generation is a Nike Compact face, which includes a customizable clock and spots for various complications. All Nike watch faces feature special complications that tie-in with the Nike+ Run Club app.
Users who want a stainless steel Apple Watch case need not apply, however. The Apple Watch Nike edition only comes in an aluminum variant, with the more expensive stainless steel case option reserved for the base Apple Watch Series 6 models.
In other words, if you're eyeing any of the Nike watch bands, then the Apple Watch Nike edition is going to save you at least $50. It's also a good option for frequent users of the Nike+ Run Club app, or those who just like Nike's signature style.
Apple Watch Series 6 versus Apple Watch Nike at a glance
|Apple Watch Series 6||Apple Watch Nike (2020)|
Lowest Apple Watch 6 Prices
|Case materials||Aluminum, stainless steel||Aluminum|
|Colors||Silver, Space Gray, Gold, Blue, (PRODUCT)RED, Graphite||Silver, Space Gray|
|Case sizes||40mm, 44mm||40mm, 44mm|
|Nike Watch Faces||None||Nike Hybrid, Nike Analog, Nike Digital, Nike Compact|
|Bundled with Nike band||No||Yes|
|Bundled with Apple bands||Yes||No|
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