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Compared: Apple Watch Series 6 versus Apple Watch Nike

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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.

Although you can buy these Nike bands for any Apple Watch model separately, they'll cost you an additional $50. When you buy an Apple Watch Nike edition, those bands are included in the cost.

You can buy Apple Watch Nike bands for $50, but they come bundled with the Apple Watch Nike. Credit: AppleInsider
You can buy Apple Watch Nike bands for $50, but they come bundled with the Apple Watch Nike. Credit: AppleInsider

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.

The new Apple Watch Nike-exclusive watch face features a customizable clock and spots for complications. Credit: AppleInsider
The new Apple Watch Nike-exclusive watch face features a customizable clock and spots for complications. Credit: AppleInsider

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 6Apple Watch Nike (2020)
Base price$399
Lowest Apple Watch 6 Prices
$399
Case materialsAluminum, stainless steelAluminum
Colors
Silver, Space Gray, Gold, Blue, (PRODUCT)RED, GraphiteSilver, Space Gray
Case sizes40mm, 44mm40mm, 44mm
Nike Watch FacesNoneNike Hybrid, Nike Analog, Nike Digital, Nike Compact
Bundled with Nike bandNoYes
Bundled with Apple bandsYesNo

Apple Watch deals

Shoppers can already save on Apple Watch Series 6 styles, with deals at your fingertips in the AppleInsider Apple Watch 6 Price Guide.

Wireless carriers like Verizon Wireless and AT&T are also offering special incentives when purchased on installment and/or with service.

 

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