With the arrival of the Apple Watch Series 7 comes the pure response: do you need to make that buy?
The new Apple Watch does not launch till later within the Fall, however we know what it would provide, and the way it matches up to the Watch Series 6.
Now that the mud has settled on the massive unveiling, we take a more in-depth have a look at what we are able to count on from the Series 7 and crucially, the way it compares to the Series 6.
Apple Watch Series 7 v Series 6: Price
While we’re being made to wait to order and even pre-order the Apple Watch Series 7 proper now, when it does land it’s going to launch on the similar worth because the Series 6.
So the Series 7 pricing will begin at $399 and we count on similar to the Series 6 it may possibly go can go as excessive as $799 relying in your mixture of case, band and whether or not you go for the GPS solely mannequin or the pricier GPS and LTE model.
Apple Watch Series 7 v Series 6: Design, display and colours
Series 3 (left), Series 6 (centre) and Series 7 (proper)
When you evaluate the Series 7 and the Series 6, that is the place the largest differences lie. We did not get an Apple Watch with a flat edged case, however there have been adjustments.
With the Series 6, you’re getting a smartwatch that is available in 40mm and 44mm sizes. With the Series 7, that is grown to 41mm and 45mm choices. We ought to level out, nevertheless, that in contrast to when the case dimension modified on Series 4, the Series 7 nonetheless helps older strap sizes.
The transfer to the bigger case dimension is to accommodate bigger shows with thinner bezels. Apple says these screens provide 20% extra display property than the Series 6 and 40% smaller bezels too.
Along with normal Watch fashions, each Series 6 and Series 7 are available Nike and Apple Watch HermÃ¨s with the Series 7 variations introducing new fashions. Though it appears the Series 7 will play good with Series 6 bands, which must also imply the identical for the Series 6 as properly.
There’s always-on Retina shows throughout all fashions, although the Series 7 guarantees to provide a 70% brighter show in contrast to the Series 6.
The circumstances on all of the watches provide curved edges, although Apple says the Series 7 goes even softer and extra rounded with that case curves to assist give it a extra engaging look.
If you’re fearful about your Apple Watch getting knocked about or being match for leaping within the sea with it strapped to your wrist, then each the Series 6 and Series 7 are geared up to be submerged in water up to 50 metres depth.
When it comes to sturdiness, the Series 7 provides you a crack resistant crystal to additional defend the show and it has been slapped with an IP6X certification to higher guard towards mud if you’re heading out for a hike or climb with it.
For case choices, the Series 6 and the Series 7 each are available stainless-steel, titanium and alumnium choices. Apple says aluminium Watch Series 7 fashions might be produced from 100% recycled aluminium.
In phrases of colors, this is the breakdown:
- Apple Watch Series 6 stainless-steel: silver, graphite, gold
- Apple Watch Series 7 stainless-steel: silver, graphite, gold
- Apple Watch Series 6 aluminium: silver, area grey, gold, blue, Product Red
- Apple Watch Series 7 aluminium: midnight, starlight, inexperienced, blue (new) and Product Red
- Apple Watch Series 6 titanium: titanium and area black
- Apple Watch Series 7 titanium: titanium and area black
So there’s new colours if you go for the alumnium Series 7 over the 6, however elsewhere, you’re getting largely the identical case colour choices right here.
Apple Watch Series 7 v Series 6: Smartwatch options
Both the Apple Watch Series 6 and the Series 7 will run on watchOS 8, which imply a constant software program expertise when it comes to what they’re able to as smartwatches.
You’ll find a way to view notifications, management music taking part in in your iPhone and retailer music offline from Apple Music and third occasion apps like Spotify.
There’ll be LTE on provide for an untethered life, and you’ll have watch faces aplenty to select from and throw issues on to save you launching one other app to see the knowledge you care most about having the ability to look at.
That greater show on the Series 7 will convey some new options into play that you might miss out on getting on the Series 6.
The first is a brand new full dimension QWERTY keyboard that makes use of faucets and swipes to enter textual content. It additionally makes use of the AI-based QuickPath to higher predict what you need to kind.
Both watches will ofer cusomizable watch faces, although with the bigger display on the Series 7, Apple has tweaked native watch faces to squeeze extra info and knowledge in. So a brand new modular watch face will provide extra issues in contrast to the one optimised for the Series 6.
Apple is lso including greater menu tiles and buttons for options like CeaseWatch, Alarms and its Activity app, however with this rolling out in watchOS 8, this appears like this might be utilized to Watch Series 6 watches after they’re up to date to that newest model of Apple’s smartwatch working system.
As smartwatches, it ought to be a fairly consisent expertise throughout each Series 7 and the Series 6. The greatest good points on the brand new Watch appear to be that QWERTY keyboard and extra accommodating watch faces. It’s cheap to assume these additions will not be an enormous deal for many.
Apple Watch Series 7 v Series 6: Sports and well being monitoring
If you care about monitoring runs, swims (pool and open water), cycles or checking your coronary heart price and blood oxygen ranges, then the Series 7 and Series 6 will provide the identical options on that entrance.
That means issues like built-in GPS, an optical coronary heart price monitor, ECG coronary heart price monitor, the flexibility monitor blood oxygen and shutting these Rings might be accessible throughout these Apple Watch fashions.
Both will run on watchOS 8 bringing all the massive new well being and health options Apple launched with its newest smartwatch OS replace. That contains the brand new Mindfulness app, the flexibility to monitor respiratory price, new exercise modes for Tai Chi and Pilates and deep integration with Apple’s Fitness+ platform.
That additionally brings new biking detection options, up to date biking algorithms together with a fall detection mode that is aware of when you’ve taken a tumble off your bike.
That bigger display property on the Series 7 ought to in principle imply that it might be able to becoming in additional info like exercise stats and well being knowledge in contrast to the Series 6. It can be over to third occasion apps to reap the benefits of that further display to put it to good use and we have but to see any examples of that simply but.
Apple hasn’t divulged whether or not the guts price or GPS sensors as an example have been upgraded on the 7, so we now have to assume they will be an identical those on the Series 6. Based on our experiences of testing the 6, these sensors actually impressed, so we hope and count on that it is extra of the identical with the Series 7.
So they’re degree pegged right here, although that further display may doubtlessly provide extra data-rich screens for native and third occasion well being and health apps.
Apple Watch Series 7 v Series 6: Battery life
The Apple Watch Series 7 ought to provide the identical ‘all-day battery life’ that the Series 6 does, which primarily means you ought to get 18 hours. Where issues do differ is when it comes to charging when your Watch is operating low.
Apple says the Series 7 presents 33% quicker charging than the 6 thanks to new charging structure and a magnetic quick charger USB-C cable, which by the way, might be accessible for the Apple Watch SE. With that cable matched up with the Series 7, you can count on to go from 0-80% with 45 minutes of charging.
Just 8 minutes of charging will apparently ship sufficient battery to document 8 hours of sleep monitoring knowledge too, if you’re operating low earlier than bedtime and questioning if you’re Watch has sufficient to get by means of the day.
So for that base day by day battery life, they’re the identical. When it comes to providing a quicker means to cost the battery, the Series 7 is the one you need.
Apple Watch Series 7 v Series 6: Verdict
So to break issues down, with the Series 7, you’re getting the larger case and screens, extra colours in alumnium and proper now, some software program extras like a QWERTY keyboard and watch faces that match in additional info than the Series 6. You’re additionally getting quicker charging assist to barely make up for sticking to the identical 18 hour battery life.
Outside of that, the Series 7 and Series 6 appear evenly matched. You’re getting largely the identical watchOS 8 extras, the identical sports activities and health options and smartwatch options too.
The worth is perhaps the identical now, however that is seemingly to change when the Series 7 goes on sale. So if you can choose up the Series 6 for much less, it nonetheless ought to provide a very robust Watch expertise. It actually appears to come down to how a lot you worth that further display and if builders take full benefit of it on the 7.
We assume the Series 6 goes to serve lots of people properly nonetheless regardless of the arrival of the Series 7.