Apple Watch Sequence 7 launched with sooner charging, greater display screen and new colours
The Apple Watch Series 7 has tiny one-millimeter bezels to maximize the size of the display
Apple has removed the covers from its next-generation smartwatch, the Apple Watch Series 7. This new smartwatch represents the biggest change in design since the introduction of the Apple Watch range in April 2015. Apple expanded the curved screen so that it bleeds over the edge of the case – maximizing the display on the wrist without comparing the case to increase significantly compared to the previous generation. It is also more durable, dust-repellent, offers new training tracking and ends up in new colors.
During the same keynote presentation streamed from Apple’s California headquarters, the US company announced a brand new iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro with revamped cameras and more battery life, as well as a redesigned iPad mini, and cut the price of its entry-level iPad. Apple also used its annual September event to confirm when existing iPhone owners can upgrade to iOS 15, which offers dozens of exciting new features for free.
As before, the Apple Watch will be available in two different sizes for smaller and larger wrists. Apple will keep the aluminum and stainless steel versions of the Apple Watch Series 7, with new colors available in each of these materials. Nike and Hermès editions of the Apple Watch Series 7 will also be available this fall.
Aside from the shiny new color options, including the return of Midnight Blue and Products (RED), the biggest change in the new wearable is the big new screen. The Cupertino-based company took the opportunity to expand the screen size of both variants of the Apple Watch Series 7. The last time Apple thinned the borders around the touchscreen to add more screen real estate was with the introduction of the Apple Watch Series 4 in September 2018.
The larger OLED display bleeds over the edges of the case
Compared to the Apple Watch Series 3, the Series 7 has 50 percent more screen, according to Apple. And it’s 70 percent brighter, so it should be easier to check your workouts, incoming text messages, and more when you’re outside in bright sunlight. The larger touchscreen can hold 50 percent more text compared to last year’s Series 6, says Apple. Unsurprisingly, Apple added a number of new watch face designs to take advantage of the extra space on the Apple Watch Series 7.
Apple Watch Series 7 is the longest-lasting Apple Watch of all time, claims the US company, thanks to the stronger, more break-resistant front glass. It’s the first Apple Watch to have IP6X certification for dust resistance – so you don’t have to worry about your smartwatch falling in dust or sand. It maintains the same WR50 water resistance, so you can also watch swimming in a pool or open water.
Compared to the Series 3 (LEFT), which is still available in the Apple Store, the screen is huge
While all current Apple Watch models can be upgraded to watchOS 8.0, the Apple Watch Series 7 will look a little different. Apple says it has redesigned all of the user interface buttons and elements to take advantage of the larger screen. For example, when you reply to a text message on an Apple Watch Series 7, you have access to a full on-screen QWERTY keyboard. Apple says the Series 7 requires less scrolling to read, which should come in handy if you’re using turn-by-turn directions.
Charging is also boosted with the new model. A new USB-C charging cable that comes with the Apple Watch Series 7 charges an empty watch to 80 percent in 45 minutes. Eight minutes of charging time provides enough battery for eight hours of sleep tracking with the integrated sleep app, says Apple.
Despite the dramatically larger screens, the Apple Watch Series 7 remains compatible with the same straps used on previous models. For anyone who has invested heavily in a variety of bracelets for their wearable over the years – Apple sells everything from sports-themed loops to leather straps held together with magnets to stainless steel link bracelets for £ 349 – you will be rested to know all of these still works with the latest clock.
A more durable design and faster charging round out the list of new features
Apple Watch Series 7 ships with watchOS 8.0 pre-installed, although the new operating system will be available for older smartwatch models. WatchOS 8 will be released soon for the Apple Watch Series 3, Series 4, Series 5, Watch SE and Series 6. However, due to the older hardware in the Series 3, it won’t get some of the more noticeable new features. Its smaller screen size also means it can’t support a number of watch face designs.
watchOS 8 includes a new design that uses the depth map data from portrait mode photos taken on the iPhone to place elements of the watch face behind the subject of the photo. So, you can have a picture of your partner with their face in the foreground and a blurred background with the date and time behind their head.
AI-generated albums of friends, family, and specific events are generated in the Photos app on the Apple Watch. These collections can be shared with a few taps using iMessage and other messaging platforms supported by watchOS.
Elsewhere, the popular Breathe app has been redesigned, expanded and renamed Mindfulness. There is also a special tai chi mode in the workout app.
Watch Series 7 ships with watchOS 8.0 with a number of exclusive design optimizations
On Monday, September 27th, Apple Fitness +, the first fitness service entirely based on the Apple Watch, will introduce a new type of Pilates body conditioning workout and an easy way to practice mindfulness with guided meditation anywhere, anytime. Fitness + is also introducing a new program called Workouts to Get Ready for Snow Season, in which two-time Olympic and five-time world ski champion Ted Ligety and fitness + trainer Anja Garcia participate. Later this fall, Apple says its Fitness + subscription service will introduce group workouts with SharePlay, where users can work out with up to 32 people at the same time to motivate each other.
Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer, said, “The Apple Watch Series 7 offers significant improvements – from our largest and most advanced display, to improved durability and faster charging – making the world’s best smartwatch better than ever. Powered by watchOS 8, Apple Watch brings useful new features to help customers stay connected, track activities and workouts, and better understand their overall health and wellbeing. “