On September 14, Apple held its annual Apple Fall Event where it unveiled the iPhone 13 Series which includes the brand new iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max. Along with the new iPhones, the company also introduced the new Apple Watch Series 7 smartwatch. The new Apple Watch 7 comes with an upgraded chipset, a larger display, more activity-tracking features, and a more refined design.
This guide will include important information, specifications, and frequently asked questions to help you understand whether it’s worth upgrading to the new Watch 7, or whether you should stick with your current generation of Apple Watch. If you like what you’re seeing, and find it helpful, let us know in the comments below.
Price and Availability
The Apple Watch Series 7 starts at $399 and it will be available later this fall. The Watch 7 will come in five aluminum finishes, including Midnight, Starlight, Green, Blue, and (PRODUCT) RED.
|Model & Storage||Price|
|Apple Watch Series 7 41mm (GPS)||$399|
|Apple Watch Series 7 41mm (GPS + Cellular)||$499 (Not confirmed)|
|Apple Watch Series 7 45mm (GPS)||$429 (Not confirmed)|
|Apple Watch Series 7 45mm (GPS + Cellular)||$529 (Not confirmed)|
The Apple Watch Series 7 is available in 5 aluminum finishes including Green, Blue, Red, Starlight, and Midnight. The Stainless Steel variant will have three color options available, including Silver, Graphite, and Gold. The titanium model will be limited to Black and Silver colors.
Apple Watch Series 7: Specifications
Some of the specifications may not be accurate as Apple hasn’t officially revealed them to the public. We’ll update this article once we find out more.
|Specification||Apple Watch Series 7|
|Memory & Storage||
|Dimension and Weight||Aluminum
|Sensor||Compass, Altimeter, Blood oxygen sensor, Electrical heart sensor, optical heart sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Ambient light sensor, always-on altimeter, Barometer, Sp02, VO2Max|
|Price||Starts at $399|
Design, Size, and Display
The design of the Series 7 is mostly the same as the Series 6, but its edges are more curved to be easier to grip and use. Apple claims that it’s now 40-percent slimmer compared to the Series 6. While we don’t have the exact measurements of the size, it should be roughly similar to the Series 6. What’s different is the display and its bezels, which is now only 1.7mm thin, and the display has also become 20-percent larger compared to its predecessor. The glass also sports a “Crack Resistant” panel, which should be much harder to crack.
Additionally, the device has received an IP6X dust certification. While it lacks the second number of the IP certification, it doesn’t mean that the watch can’t withstand any water, in fact, it’s the opposite. Apple went ahead and certified the watch for WR50, which means that the watch can withstand the depth of 50 meters underwater, which is similar to traditional watches and very impressive to see on a smartwatch. You can take the watch with you when swimming, taking a bath, and pretty much everywhere, although clean water is still the only recommended liquid to be used with.
Internal Hardware: SoC, RAM, Storage
Since the Apple Watch Series 7 isn’t available until later this fall, Apple didn’t go into detail about what will power the next generation of smartwatch, or how much memory or storage it will have. However, that doesn’t mean we don’t have any educated guesses, and looking at the specs sheet for the Series 6, we can assume that the Series 7 will be powered by a more powerful and efficient S7 chipset. The memory is expected to be 1GB, and the storage will be at least 32GB to store all of your applications and songs that you offload to it.
Battery Life and Charging
Apple promises 18 hours of use on a single charge on the Series 7, which means that the smartwatch is still a one-day device only. It’s worrying to see the battery life not improve from the last generation, but we’ll have to test whether we can have a longer battery life without sacrificing functionality. What’s great to see on the other hand is faster charging. The watch can go from 0% to 80% charge in just 45 minutes, which is significantly faster than previous generations. The watch also charges via the same magnetic charger, but the cable is now USB-C on the other end, which helps speed things up a little – 33-percent faster to be exact.
Health Features and Sensors
The Apple Watch Series 7 will have the following sensors:
- Always-on altimeter
- Blood oxygen sensor
- Electrical heart sensor
- optical heart sensor
- Ambient light sensor
The new watchOS 8 will help users stay healthy, active, and connected through new workout types. “ the new Mindfulness app, innovative accessibility features, greater access with Apple Wallet, and more capabilities with the Home app, along with enhancements to Messages and the Photos app.”
Software, Compatibility, and Extras
watchOS 8 will bring new features to those who ride a bike.
“Apple Watch uses advanced algorithms to analyze GPS, heart rate, accelerometer, and gyroscope data to detect when users begin a ride and prompts them to start an Outdoor Cycle workout if one was not initiated.6 As with all automatic Workout reminders, cyclists will see their metrics from when they first started their workout. Additionally, cycling workouts have auto-pause and resume, so metrics more accurately reflect time spent moving versus stationary, like waiting at a stoplight.” says Apple.
Additionally, Apple Watch will also be able to more accurately measure active calories when riding an electric bike, and it will be able to detect when cycling using a pedaling a bike, or one with a pedal assist. The fall detection algorithm has also been updated and tweaked in order to detect any hard falls more accurately.
Official Bands and Accessories
We’ll update this part once the watch is available for purchase.