Apple Watch Series 7 gets a bigger screen, faster charging and more durability. Is that enough?

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The Apple Watch Series 7 begins at $399 and is coming later within the fall. It was introduced at Apple’s occasion on Tuesday. But the modifications do not appear that dramatic. It has a bigger show with thinner bezels, a faster-charging battery that guarantees 8 hours of use after 8 minutes of charging and a more crack-resistant entrance crystal. But the battery life — 18 hours — is identical as final yr’s watch. There are additionally new colours for the aluminum case: blue, inexperienced, midnight (black), starlight (a gold/silver mix), and Product Red. There are nonetheless more costly improve choices to metal and titanium-cased variations, too.

Apple appears prefer it’s staying the course on the remainder of the watch’s design, opposite to earlier studies of a massively revamped flat design. For anybody anticipating a entire new watch (as I used to be), the seemingly small updates look like a disappointment. But Apple’s generally made small modifications year-over-year to earlier Apple Watches, too. The solely factor actually new about final yr’s Apple Watch Series 6 was the addition of estimated blood oxygen. This yr, the updates appear sparse, too. And it would not look that totally different from a informal distance. The guarantees of higher sturdiness and faster charging do appear helpful, though in all probability not sufficient for many to think about an improve from a current mannequin.

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A bigger show

The bigger display ought to permit more readable and detailed watch faces, notifications and apps, very similar to the Series 4’s measurement improve a few years in the past. Apple says it is 20% bigger than the Series 6, and 50% bigger than the Series 3. Buttons are bigger on the shows, and Apple says 50% more textual content will be match on-screen, whereas the show is 70% brighter indoors in always-on mode. (A brand new on-screen full keyboard will pop up now for getting into textual content, along with scribble/dictation choices.) 

The show can also be barely curved on the corners now, wrapping across the case a bit. I did not see this in particular person but, however I checked out a 3D mannequin in AR and it exhibits the delicate impact from the aspect.

There are new watch faces, too: a revamped Modular watch face and a number-warping watch face with its digits across the curved edge. But there’s nonetheless no solution to get new watch faces in a watch face retailer, though Apple’s watch faces have a lot of customization choices.

Promises of higher sturdiness

The Watch 7 has an IP6X score, which is new: it guarantees higher mud resistance. The curved crystal can also be 50% thicker, in line with Apple, which may result in much less cracking. But we’ve not examined that but, and do not understand how sturdy it truly is but (and will not know till later this fall, at any time when the watch arrives). The watch has the identical 50-meter water resistance for freshwater, pool, or ocean swimming as current earlier fashions. 

Faster charging, however not higher battery life

Apple’s touting the fast-charging options on the Watch 7, which promise 8 hours of battery life on 8 minutes of charging. That is useful, particularly when possibly you’ve got forgotten to cost the watch the evening earlier than (or for folks sporting the Apple Watch to mattress for sleep monitoring), however the general battery life for the watch stays the identical. Expect about a day and a half of use, primarily based on my earlier expertise.

No new well being options

Missing, nonetheless, are any new well being options or sensors. Samsung’s current Galaxy Watch 4 and final yr’s Fitbit Sense began introducing new well being sensors like physique evaluation and electrodermal exercise, however Apple hasn’t launched something new on the Series 7 health-wise in comparison with final yr. Also absent is any enchancment in battery life or a watch face retailer.

Pricing tiers TBD

The Apple Watch Series 7 begins at $399, however we do not know costs for the totally different sizes, LTE-ready fashions, or for various supplies. Expect costs to ramp up like earlier Apple Watches, although.

WatchOS 8 arriving forward of the Apple Watch Series 7

Apple’s latest model of WatchOS must be right here September 20, including new biking options, a redesigned Mindfulness app, and Wallet app upgrades. Maybe these updates shall be sufficient for current Apple Watch homeowners, and they will not see a must improve their watches in any respect.

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Apple’s watch lineup has been getting steadily more profitable, particularly as wearable rivals have consolidated. Apple’s Fitness Plus subscription service, launched on the finish of final yr, requires the Watch to reap the benefits of its video exercises. Apple introduced a new group exercise function at at the moment’s occasion, too. 

Last yr’s Apple Watch SE sought to change into a more inexpensive Apple Watch, however its $279 beginning worth was nonetheless properly above finances health trackers from corporations akin to Fitbit. This yr, the Watch SE and Series 3 stay on sale, with the SE nonetheless at $279 (£269, AU$429) and the Series 3 at $199 (£199, AU$299). International costs for the Series 7 weren’t introduced.