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Unboxing the gold Apple Watch Series 4

New watch design, new packaging. And a lot of gold-colored metal! See what's inside the box of the new Apple Watch.

Scott Stein
I started with CNET reviewing laptops in 2009. Now I explore wearable tech, VR/AR, tablets, gaming and future/emerging trends in our changing world. Other obsessions include magic, immersive theater, puzzles, board games, cooking, improv and the New York Jets. My background includes an MFA in theater which I apply to thinking about immersive experiences of the future.
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The Apple Watch Series 4 arrives in stores on Friday, Sept. 21. If you buy one, expect a surprise in the form of some seriously elaborate packaging (for the more expensive stainless steel version, at least). Gone is the cube-like box of the Series 3: This is an elongated box that opens like origami to reveal...

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Two boxes! The band is in the thinner of the two, while the larger internal box holds the body of the watch itself.

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Inside that larger box, you get the watch (center, in a protective pouch), the inductive charging cradle (left) and the USB AC adapter.

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Here's the 44mm Apple Watch Series 4, straight out of the box.

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Unsheathing our new baby.

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This is the all-new heart rate sensor on the back.

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An EKG sensor is also onboard for medical-quality heart measurements to measure possible heart arrhythmia, but it's not yet unlocked. It's coming later this fall.

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Getting ready to set it up.

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Bands still come in familiar long boxes. This is the crazy gold Milanese steel mesh band.

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Clockwise from bottom left: the 44mm watch, the band and the charger (same as always, so your old chargers will work).

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The new Apple Watch S4 works with older Apple Watch bands. Here are some new colors.

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Band-swapping should be the same as always.

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Sliding the gold band on the gold watch.

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This is... a lot of gold.

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A look at the Watch Series 4 in profile. Note the more subtle cellular red ring on the crown button.

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I wouldn't wear this gold of a gold watch.

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The new watch is a bit thinner, but not super thin.

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Stay tuned for our full review.

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