Should you wait for the Apple Watch Series 7?

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The new redesign is still a minor upgrade

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One of the big rumors about the Apple Watch Series 7 heating up ahead of Apple’s “California Streaming” iPhone announcement event came to an end as the new smartwatch was unveiled. There was speculation that Apple would perform its most significant overhaul of its smartwatch yet, aligning its design with that of the iPhone 12 and 13 – namely, a more squared-off look with flat sides and a larger display and smaller bezels. We got the bigger display and slimmer bezel part, but the Apple Watch Series 7 still looks mostly the same as its predecessors.


The biggest change to the Series 7 is actually the bigger one: the display. Apple increased the screen sizes to 41mm and 45mm, and the display is sturdier, with a thicker glass top further accentuating the edges. The functional advantage is more room on the screen for larger icons, and Apple says you can see more with more detail on the screen and new watch faces.

Along with the screen changes, the Series 7 also gets a slew of year-over-year improvements, such as faster charging, better durability, new workouts, new colors, and even some small letters on these capital letters. With a full swipe keyboard for fidgeting. screen But even with all this, the design feels conservative, not a radical departure from its immediate forebears. So should you wait until Apple’s projected “later this fall” deadline for the Apple Watch Series 7, or do today’s Apple Watches offer enough for you?

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Apple Watch Series 7 colors, including a green that vaguely feels black.
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The 2020 outgoing Apple Watch Series 6 is still an impressively capable smartwatch, and we’ve seen significant discounts on it for months. The polarizing red color has dropped as low as $249 at times, even cheaper than the midrange $279 Apple Watch SE that lacks an always-on display. At this time you can purchase the Series 6 from a variety of retailers in the color of your choice $319 To $349, which is significantly less than the Series 7 starting price of $399 without waiting.

Spending less just gets even more appealing when you consider that the Series 7 is still using last year’s S6 processor — if so, it probably won’t have an extra year of OS updates on the Series 6 as you would expect. normally expected. One of the benefits of a new processor is not only the quick fixes today, but also the stability and assurance offered down the road by an increased performance ceiling.

Please don’t lie and tell me you’re looking forward to typing on this screen.
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The Series 7 definitely has its merits. If you want the most peace of mind, or you live a lifestyle that will really put a fitness-focused device to the test, perhaps the new IP6X resistance rating for grittier environments and sandy beaches is tempting. If you value fast charging, the Series 7 comes with a USB-C magnetic fast charger, offering up to 33 percent faster charge, and even buying one of them separately. The previous generation watch won’t get juiced up quickly. Bigger displays are definitely the biggest change, and if you’ve always liked what’s new, big and flashy then by all means keep that in mind when the preorders roll out.

But this new Apple Watch still looks like any old Apple Watch, especially at the distance people usually see the watch on one’s wrist. What matters most to you here may be a very personal tech or fashion accessory decision, and if a slightly bigger screen is all you need then that’s probably good enough. However if you’re looking for the smartest smartwatch from Apple, you might want to skip the wait and consider choosing among the more cost-effective options available right now.

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