Apple’s third big revelation at its September 14 “California Streaming” event was a new generation of its Apple Watch. The Series 7 is planned to be released later this fall for a starting price of $399, and will bring a number of improved features, including a bigger screen with thinner borders.
Series 7 Watch The new watch runs on iOS8. It has a 20% larger screen with a new Retina Display that continues to dilute the already thin borders of the watch, which is now 40% thinner, measuring just over 1 millimeter wide.
The case and display both have soft, rounded corners for a wraparound effect, and the face is claimed to be 70% brighter in indoor settings. It has a modular face that will let users customize its interface, thanks to larger and more visible buttons that are easier to tap.
In a feature that may have been generally less useful before the pandemic, the Series 7 retains the Series 6’s ability to track its user’s blood oxygen levels. It’s part of a more responsive suite of fitness options, which include cycling updates, more accurate fitness tracking, and health-sensitive data such as being able to run a personalized ECG.
The new screen can fit 50% more text on its display than last year’s Series 6, with a full keyboard available as part of its standard kit that you can either type on or swipe through.
The Series 7 features a 100% recycled metal case that includes magnets made from 100% recycled rare earth elements as well as a crack-resistant front crystal. Its battery can last up to 18 hours, and is 33% faster than last year’s Series 6 model. According to Apple, a dead Series 7 can go from 0% to 88% in about 45 minutes using its new charger.
This is also the first Apple Watch IP6X CertificationThis eliminates the potential for dust to enter the watch case, making it “dust-tight”. It also claims to be water-resistant to 50 meters (you can shower with it, but take it off before heading to the pool).
The Series 7 will ship in multiple colors, including Midnight, Starlight, Green, Blue, Product Red, Silver, Black and Titanium.
The Apple Watch was initially released in April 2015, and has become one of the best-selling wearables in the tech market. an analyst, Above Avalon’s Neil Siebartclaimed that the Watch has an installation base of over 100 million people as of February this year, with around 10% of global iPhone users also using Apple Watch. While it’s best-known as a fitness/workout companion, boasting calorie tracking and heart rate monitors, it also includes contact-free Apple Pay, an app that makes it look reminiscent of the “Dick Tracy” comic strips. Converts to one-way wrist radio. , and built-in mapping and compass functionality.