It’s no surprise that Apple unveiled the all-new Apple Watch 7 at their recent streaming event. Still, that doesn’t stop us from being excited about the potential this latest device has to offer. Read on to find out everything you need to know…
Some of the key points include:
- a more durable design
- faster charging (probably the best update for Apple)
- larger design
- new colors
So, let’s have a look in more detail.
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Apple Watch 7 Design
While rumors speculated that this might be the year that Apple has a complete design overhaul, that’s not quite the case. However, there have been some small changes. The overall device is now slightly larger than before. Coming in at 41mm and 45mm rather than the previous 40mm and 44mm. Furthermore, the screen is slightly bigger as the bezel has been made smaller. This has allowed for a full keyboard and more advanced faces. Luckily, the Apple Watch 7 retains compatibility with older bands.
Though the difference in sizing is minimal, it makes a world of difference. Compared to the last releases the Apple Watch 7 gives more screen visibility. This is perfect for users that need to read emails, fitness data, or text messages via the screen.
The display itself is also now larger, reducing the borders by 40%. This is a 20% increase in screen size from the Series 6 and a whopping 50% increase from the Series 3 model by comparison. Not only does this add to the better visibility, but the design appears more modern and aesthetic. The rectangle watch face also features new pebble-like curves along the sides, a small but important detail not seen on any other generations of Apple Watch.
Apple has also released several new colors and special editions:
The aluminum finish is now available in:
- Midnight (Black)
- Starlight Green (Silver)
- Green (Dark Green)
- Blue and Red
The stainless steel finish is now available in:
The special edition devices are from Apple’s partners, Nike and Hermes:
- Apple Watch Hermes announced the Circuit H and Gourmette Double Tour bands – both bands made with high-quality leather
- The Nike edition offers a Sport Loop and Sport Band, both sporting the iconic Nike Swoosh
Apple Watch 7 Increases Durability
As expected, the Apple Watch 7 is still swim-proof to 50m. However, with the dust resistance upgraded to IPX6, you can enjoy a swim at the beach and sunbathe on the sand, knowing your new watch is safe.
Another addition to the Apple Watch‘s durability is the curved crystal glass. The front of the watch now features a front crystal that’s 50% thicker than before. This is double the thickness of a Series 6 watch, making 7 the most durable watch available from the brand. The front crystal now features a redesigned base. This flat shape is more resistant to any damage, including cracks.
Unfortunately, for Apple Watch fans, this part is going to be a disappointing read.
If you enjoy cycling, you’ll be pleased to know this has been added to the list of workouts that will automatically trigger when you start, pause and resume your ride. And, whilst on the subject of cycling; Apple’s Fall Detection has also received an upgrade and can now detect if the wearer falls when riding a bike.
A Brighter View
With updates to the retina display, you can now trust that you’ll always be able to view your watch screen. With the “Always-On” display, users don’t have to touch the screen or raise their wrist to turn it on anymore. The screen is also 70% brighter when indoors now, allowing users to always know what’s going on.
There’s no denying this watch can be difficult to type on, but this feature has been updated too. The engineers and designers have worked together to re-work the buttons to fit the larger display. Apps like Stopwatch, Timer, and Calculator are now easier to use as typing, tapping, and swiping motions have been revisited.
Series 7 will also feature a full QWERTY keyboard for users to type on. The keyboard allows users to slide or tap the letters with a feature called QuickPath. This machine will start to predict the word you’re typing for clear communications.
A Scribble feature will also be included on the watch. This lets users write letters on the screen when creating an email or text. As the screen size is increased, users will be able to compose messages faster and with ease.
Apple Watches are known for their fitness features. These are used by both novice and pro-athletes, proving their accessibility and accuracy. What’s new for the latest update?
Within the fitness section, Apple has updated the Series 7 watch to have an improved heart rate monitor, better sleep tracking, SpO2 sensors, Fall Detection software, and an ECG monitor too. This is a perfect setup for all fitness-lovers out there.
Unfortunately No Blood Pressure Capabilities
One of the biggest surprises has to be the lack of a blood pressure sensor. This is something that had been rumored for a while and has already been integrated into the new Samsung Galaxy 4. So, it looks like Apple fans may have to wait another year for this feature. However, the possibility of further health features, such as the ability to track sleep disorders, better monitor irregular heartbeats, and even a blood glucose sensor could be seen on future Apple Watch releases. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reported
The company is saving features like blood pressure and blood sugar detectors for the Series 8, which will likely debut in 2022.
That’s it! No new sensors, no new health features. Honestly, if you are looking for new health features and improved sensors, you should take a look at the recently released Fitbit Charge 5 or Samsung Galaxy Watch 4.
Apple Watch 7 Battery Life
Another area where Apple Watch users are keen to see improvements is in battery life. However, the Apple Watch 7 doesn’t deliver this, retaining the same 18 hours of battery life as the Apple Watch 6.
It’s not all bad, though; Apple has improved charging times and promises 8 hours of battery life from 8 minutes of charging.
The Apple Watch 7 will be running the final release of WatchOS8. This offers a redesigned mindfulness app with additional features such as Pause to Relax mode, soothing animations, and data on how long you have spent practicing mindfulness. There will also be improved cycling data, assistive touch (this allows you to control the watch through gestures), and improvements to photos, messaging, and sleep data.
Keep in mind, though; this update will also be added to older Apple Watch models, so you don’t have to upgrade to the Apple Watch 7 to access these new features.
Price and Availability
Apple is hoping to release the Apple Watch 7 later this fall. However, with the pandemic and political issues causing worldwide manufacturing and logistics delays, this release date could be pushed back to later in the year.
Apple has confirmed the Apple Watch 7 price will start at $399/£379. The same price as the Apple Watch Series 6.
Overall, the unveiling of the Apple Watch 7 is a little disappointing. While a design overhaul was rumored, it’s not really a surprise it didn’t happen as the Apple Watch design is iconic. However, the lack of upgrades to health features and battery life leaves us feeling a little flat, especially following the recent significant upgrades from Samsung and Fitbit.
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Last Updated on October 14, 2021