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Apple Watch 7 Launch – Opinion & Specifications

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Apple Watch 7 Launch – Opinions plus Specifications

Must Read: Detailed Apple watch 7 Review

 

Today Apple has made a tiny gamble by changing the overall appearance of the new Apple Watch 7. It has a 20% larger screen area, a slightly larger case has subtly softer rounded edges & corners, and packs some new onboard goodies from watchOS 8, which is also now available to existing Apple Watch owners going back to Watch 3.

 

The Apple Watch 7 Series should be available to pre-order on Friday 8th October with delivery a week (or two) later on Friday 15th October.

What’s New? – Sports Highlights

There are some minor additions to the cycling mode with auto-detection of your cycling activity and improved recording of calories on e-bikes. However, the best change for sporty types is the larger, more readable screen and the fact that the whole watch and screen, in particular, are more durable.

Sports app developers can use the gesture controls from watchOS 8 or create bigger app buttons for easier presses and it looks like those same developers can give you better control over the always-on display during sport.

A faster charging watch should see a 10ish-minute charge be enough to get you ready for a one-hour GPS-enabled workout. Whilst you are waiting to start you might also be warned of one of the new precipitation alerts which might change your workout plans.

There are other minor features mostly linked to Fitness+, the cleverest sporty feature is the ability to participate in Fitness+ workouts with friends via SharePlay.

 

What’s New – In More Detail

What’s The Same

Many things are apparently unchanged. Here are a few that are worth highlighting

What You Don’t See

You won’t see an Apple Watch 7 Review for a few more weeks as production delays mean that Watch 7 won’t be available to buy until later this fall. Realistically, Apple will be aiming for Friday 29 October at the latest. So if you are thinking of getting one it is a good idea to upgrade your existing iPhone & Apple Watch software to iOS15/watchOS 8 on September 20th to check out some of the new features before deciding to take the expensive plunge. FWIW: I’ve been using watchOS 8 (beta) for over a month and it’s very reliable.

Also, don’t get too excited about being able to see blood glucose monitoring and blood pressure monitoring any time soon. Those ‘Holy Grail’ features of wearable tech won’t be on an Apple Watch until September 2022 at the earliest, perhaps even the year after.

There is no announcement for the second generation of Apple Watch SE, which will come next year when we will probably also see the Series 3 finally discontinued.

 

Apple Watch 7 Specifications

These are the Apple Watch 7 specifications

 

Apple Watch Series 6 Apple Watch Series 7
Date Announced September 2020 September 2021
Watch case Aluminium, Stainless Steel

Nike: Aluminium only

Aluminium, Stainless Steel

Nike: Aluminium only

40mm/44mm 4imm/45mm 40mm/44mm 41mm/45mm
Digital Crown with haptic feedback Digital Crown with haptic feedback
Display lon-X glass (Aluminium)

Sapphire Crystal (Stainless Steel)

lon-X glass (Aluminium)

Sapphire Crystal (Stainless Steel)

Always-On Retina LTPO OLED display Always-On Retina display
44mm: 1.73 x 1.50 x 0.41″ or ( 44 x 38 x 10.4mm)

448 x 368px (~326 ppi density)

40mm: 1.57 x 1.34 x 0.41″ or ( 40 x 34 x 10.4mm).

394 x 324px (~326 ppi density)

45mm: 396x484px (1143 sq mm display)

41mm: 352x430px (904 sq mm display)

unknown (likely ~326 ppi density)

Up to 1000 nits brightness when screen is active Up to 1000 nits brightness when screen is active
Up to 500 nits when wrist is down Up to 500 nits when wrist is down
3.0 mm borders 1.7 mm borders
Over 30% larger than Series 3 Nearly 20% more screen area than Series 6
Up to 70% brighter than Series 6 when wrist is down, indoors
Durability Durability Water resistant 50m (swim proof) Durability Water resistant 50m (swim proof)
Most crack-resistant front crystal
IP6X dust resistance
Processor Processor S6 SIP with 64-bit dual-core processor S7 SiP with 64-bit dual-core processor
Up to 20% faster than Series 5 Up to 20% faster than Series 5 (same)
Sensors Sensors Blood oxygen sensor (Blood Oxygen app) Blood oxygen sensor (Blood Oxygen app)
Electrical heart sensor (ECG app) Electrical heart sensor (ECG app)
Third-generation optical heart sensor Third-generation optical heart sensor
Accelerometer and gyroscope (fall detection) Accelerometer and gyroscope (fall detection)
Always-on altimeter Always-on altimeter
GPS/GNSS, GLONASS, Galileo, and QZSS GPS/GNSS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS, and Beidou
Compass Compass
Ambient light sensor Ambient light sensor
Audio Audio 50% louder speaker than Series 3 50% louder speaker than Series 3
Microphone Microphone
Battery and charging All-day battery life, up to 18 hours All-day battery life, up to 18 hours
Up to 100% charge in just 2.5 hours 100% Charge time unknown
Up to 80% charge in just 1.5 hours Fast charging: Up to 80% charge in about 45 minutes
Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion
Case Finish Aluminium: Space Grey, Silver, Gold, Blue, (PRODUCT) RED,

Stainless Steel: Graphite, Silver, Gold.

Titanium: titanium & Space Black

Nike: Space Gray, Silver

Aluminium: Midnight (replaces space grey), Starlight (replaces silver), Green, Blue, (PRODUCT) RED,

Stainless Steel: Graphite, Silver, Gold.

Titanium: titanium & Space Black

Nike: Midnight, Starlight

Weight (case) Aluminium+Nike: 30.5g/36.4g

Stainless Steel 39.7/47.1g

Titanium: 34.6/41.3g

Aluminium+Nike: 32.0g/38.8g

Stainless Steel: 42.3/51.5g

Titanium 37.0/45.1g

Connectivity LTE and UMTS LTE and UMTS
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz, 5GHz Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz, 5GHz
W3 wireless chip W3 wireless chip

60.5GHz Transmission capability

Bluetooth 5.0 Bluetooth 5.0
International emergency calling International emergency calling
U1 Ultra Wideband chip U1 Ultra Wideband chip
In the box Apple Watch Band (Nike band for Nike model) Apple Watch Band (Nike band for Nike model)
1m USB-A Magnetic Charging Cable 1m USB-C Magnetic Fast Charging Cable
Capacity 32GB 32GB

Items in bold are listed as being different to Apple watch 6.

This information is not on the Apple website but is sourced from various Apple documents. Please quote this source.

Notes: The S7 processor appears to have the same performance but Apple obfuscate this information. Rumours stated that the S7 chip would be smaller, so maybe that is the difference.

 

Apple Watch 7 Opinion

I have very much come into the Apple fold and now get as excited as the rest of you when perhaps I shouldn’t! Like this time.

This hardware upgrade is somewhat underwhelming and fails to meet my already-lowered expectations. That said, I’m trying VERY hard to get excited right now. I liked the look of the more subtle improvements to the interface and, to be fair if you add in the watchOS 8 features it’s not so bad overall ;-). Or put another way, I’ve got a scratched screen now on my SE, my partner has my Watch 6 and that’s my excuse to upgrade to a new toy that has a bigger screen (but that’s about it). I’m genuinely excited about the watchOS 8 feature that allows two wide complications on the new Modular face…but I fully appreciate that no one else in the world is excited as me about that!

The new GNSS/GPS chip is also intriguing and if it can bring increases to accuracy then would be seriously impressive as accuracy is already market-leading on AW6.

We also see Apple continuing to expand Workout features (cycling) and add to their Fitness+ service, these are trends that will continue over the coming years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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