Apple Watch Series 7: Everything you need to know about Apple’s latest smartwatch
After months of leaks and rumors, the Apple Watch Series 7 is finally here. The new smartwatches come with several big upgrades over the previous models, including bigger displays, updated hardware, and more. If you’re thinking of getting one for yourself, you’ve come to the right place. In this post, we’ll take an in-depth look at the brand-new Apple Watch Series 7 and tell you everything you need to know to make an informed purchase.
Navigate this page:
- Pricing & Availability
- Colors & Materials
- Design, Size, & Display
- Internal Hardware
- Battery & Charging
- Health Features & Sensors
- Official Bands & Accessories
- Frequently Asked Questions
Apple Watch Series 7: Pricing & Availability
The Apple Watch Series 7 will go on sale later this fall. It will be available at a starting price of $399. Apple hasn’t shared the complete pricing details at the moment. We’ll add it to this post as soon as it goes live.
Apple Watch Series 7: Colors & Materials
Apple will offer three material choices for the Watch Series 7. Each of these will be available in a couple of different colorways. Check the list below for all the material choices and color options:
- Aluminum: Midnight, Starlight, Green, Blue, and (PRODUCT)RED
- Stainless Steel: Silver, Graphite, and Gold
- Titanium: Black and Silver
You can pair all these options with a wide variety of first-party straps (more on that later).
Apple Watch Series 7: Design, Size & Display
Apple hasn’t made any significant changes to the Apple Watch’s design since 2015. Although it updated the display on the Apple Watch Series 4, the company has stuck with the same design on subsequent models. While leaked renders of the Apple Watch Series 7 suggested that Apple will opt for a brand new design this year, Apple is taking the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach with the new models.
Although the Apple Watch Series 7 models feature bigger displays than Series 6, they feature the same rounded design, albeit with “softer, more rounded corners”. The displays on the new models feature 40% slimmer bezels that measure only 1.7mm. This has allowed Apple to offer 20% more screen area than the Series 6 without altering the dimensions significantly. The Always-on Retina displays on the Watch Series 7 are 70 percent brighter than the previous model.
L to R: Apple Watch Series 3, Series 6, and Series 7
The Apple Watch Series 7 is also more durable than previous models, featuring a crack-resistant display, IP6X dust resistance, and WR50 water resistance.
The Apple Watch Series 7 will be available in two sizes — 41mm and 45mm. Although Apple hasn’t shared all details about the new smartwatches, MacRumors has obtained some additional info. In a recent post, the publication revealed that all models in the Apple Watch Series 7 are heavier than their predecessors. It notes that:
- The 41mm aluminum variant is 4.9% heavier than the 40mm Series 6
- The 41mm stainless steel variant is 6.5% heavier than the 40mm Series 6
- The 41mm titanium variant is 6.9% heavier than the 40mm Series 6
- The 45mm aluminum variant is 6.6% heavier than the 44mm Series 6
- The 45mm stainless steel variant is 9.3% heavier than the 44mm Series 6
- The 45mm titanium variant is 9.2% heavier than the 44mm Series 6
Apple Watch Series 7: Internal Hardware
Apple conveniently skipped talking about the Watch Series 7’s internal hardware during its presentation and the company didn’t include any information in its press releases either. Developer Steve Troughton-Smith claims that Apple chose to do so as it’s offering the same CPU on the Watch Series 7 that it did on the Series 6 models. While the Apple Watch Series 7 features the S7 branded chip, it is essentially the same CPU (it even has the same t8301 identifier) with some minor tweaks. According to Apple, these tweaks improve the performance by 20% compared to Series 6.
The SoC is paired with 32GB of onboard storage, much like the Series 6 and SE models. On the connectivity front too, Apple hasn’t made any noteworthy improvements. The Apple Watch Series 7 offers Bluetooth 5.0 support and the U1 ultra wideband chip like the Series 6. The only difference between the two models is that the newer watches come with built-in support for China’s Beidou satellite navigation system.
We’ll update this post with more information as soon as Apple publishes a specifications page on its website.
Apple Watch Series 7: Battery & Charging
Apple has also made some significant improvements to battery life and charging on the Apple Watch Series 7. The company claims that the new smartwatches offer 18-hour all-day battery life, along with 33% faster charging than the previous model.
The new smartwatches use an updated charging architecture and a Magnetic Fast Charger USB-C cable for improved charging performance, letting you charge the watches from 0-80% in about 45 minutes. MacRumors claims that Apple will ship the Watch Series 7 with a 1-meter USB-C magnetic fast charging cable in the box. The watches will only offer fast charging with this cable and not the older USB-A cable.
Apple Watch Series 7: Health Features & Sensors
The Apple Watch Series 7 offers the same suite of sensors as the Series 6. These include an accelerometer, a gyroscope, a heart rate sensor, a barometer, an always-on altimeter, a compass, an SpO2 sensor, and a VO2 max sensor. These sensors a host of health and fitness tracking features, including blood oxygen monitoring, heart rate monitoring, sleep tracking, fall detection, workout tracking, and more.
Apple also announced a few new features for its Fitness+ service, including Group Workouts with SharePlay, pausing and resuming from any device, enhanced workout filters, guided meditation, and workouts for the snow season. The company also expanded Fitness+ to 15 more countries, including Austria, Brazil, Colombia, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Switzerland, and UAE.
Apple Watch Series 7: Software & Compatibility
The new Apple Watch Series 7 runs the latest version of watchOS out of the box — watchOS 8. Along with the health and fitness features mentioned above, watchOS 8 has bigger UI elements and several new customization options, including two new watch faces — Contour and Modular Duo — designed specifically for Watch Series 7. Apple has also included a new QWERTY keyboard for the watch.
The new Contour face takes the dial right to the edge of the display and animates throughout the day emphasizing the current hour. The Modular Duo face, on the other hand, utilizes the extra screen real estate to display additional data in two large, center complications.
L: Contour face, R: Modular Duo face
watchOS 8 also brings the new Mindfulness app, sleep respiratory rate tracking, and Tai Chi and Pilates workout types. It also includes new Wallet and Home app functionality, along with enhancements to the Messages and the Photos app. On top of that, watchOS 8 also includes cycling detection, improved algorithms for workout tracking, support for voice feedback through the built-in speaker, and better fall detection.
As with all previous Apple Watches, the new Apple Watch Series 7 is only compatible with iPhones. Apple still won’t let you use it with an Android device.
Apple Watch Series 7: Bands & Accessories
As mentioned earlier, Apple is offering several first-party bands with the new Apple Watch Series 7 models. These include:
- Refreshed Nike Sport Loop: Comes in three colors and features the Nike Swoosh and logo text in the weave. Pairs with the new Nike Bounce watch face.
- Hermès Circuit H: A bold graphic representation of a signature anchor chain design, printed in Swift leather with a complementary watch face.
- Hermès Gourmette Double Tour: Pays homage to 1930s Hermès collars, with links weaving fluidly together in supple Fauve Barénia leather
Since Apple hasn’t made any major design changes, the Apple Watch Series 7 is compatible with bands made for older models. If you plan on purchasing one for yourself, you should check out our list of the best Apple Watch bands for some great replacement bands.
Apple Watch Series 7: Frequently Asked Questions
What’s in the Apple Watch 7 box?
While Apple hasn’t shared detailed info about the box contents of the Apple Watch Series 7 so far, reports suggest that the Apple Watch Series 7 box will include the watch itself, the band, and a 1-meter USB-C fast charging cable. We’ll update this answer as soon as Apple officially shares all the details.
Does the Apple Watch Series 7 come with a charger in the box?
The Apple Watch Series 7 will reportedly ship with a 1-meter USB-C fast charging cable in the box. However, it won’t come with a charging brick.
Can the Apple Watch Series 7 monitor glucose? Can it check for diabetes?
No, the Apple Watch Series 7 cannot monitor blood glucose levels. It doesn’t include the required sensor. The Apple Watch 7 cannot check for diabetes either.
Can the Apple Watch 7 monitor blood pressure?
No, the Apple Watch Series 7 cannot monitor blood pressure.
Can the Apple Watch Series 7 monitor hydration?
Although Apple has filed a patent for the technology that will allow hydration measurement with a watch, it hasn’t included the technology on the Apple Watch Series 7.
Can the Apple Watch Series 7 monitor blood alcohol?
No, the Apple Watch Series 7 cannot monitor blood alcohol.
Can the Apple Watch 7 monitor and track sleep?
Yes, the Apple Watch Series 7 can monitor and track sleep using the Sleep app. The app not only keeps track of your sleep but also helps you create a schedule and a bedtime routine so that you can meet your sleep goals. In addition, the app can also track your respiratory rate while you’re sleeping.
Can the Apple Watch Series 7 monitor body temperature?
No, the Apple Watch Series 7 cannot monitor body temperature.
Can the Apple Watch 7 monitor blood oxygen?
Yes, the Apple Watch 7 packs SpO2 and VO2 max sensors that will help you monitor your blood oxygen levels. The Blood Oxygen app on the smartwatch can also help you understand how well your body is absorbing oxygen and the amount of oxygen delivered to your body.
Does the Apple Watch Series 7 have fall detection?
Yes, the Apple Watch Series 7 has fall detection. Apple has also optimized fall detection for cycling and other workouts to deliver better results.
Can the Apple Watch 7 be used for fitness tracking?
Yes, the Apple Watch can be used for fitness tracking. It has a ton of fitness tracking features, including several workout modes.
What exercises can the Apple Watch Series 7 track?
The Apple Watch Series 7 can track all the exercises that were supported on Series 6, along with two new exercises — Tai Chi and Pilates. In addition, Apple has included automatic cycling detection in the new models and an improved algorithm to accurately calculate calories while riding e-bikes.
Is the Apple Watch Series 7 waterproof?
Yes, the Apple Watch Series 7 is waterproof. It offers WR50 water resistance and you can take it swimming with you.
Does the Apple Watch 7 come in a circular design?
No, the Apple Watch 7 does not come in a circular design.
Will there be an Apple Watch 7 Pro?
The chances of Apple releasing an Apple Watch 7 Pro are rather slim, but we can’t provide a definitive answer at the moment.
Does the Apple Watch 7 have a camera? Can I use it for Facetime?
No, the Apple Watch Series 7 does not feature a built-in camera. However, you can purchase a third-party accessory, like the Wristcam, to add two cameras to your Apple Watch. You can use the cameras on the Wristcam for Facetime.
Does the Apple Watch Series 7 have FaceID or TouchID?
No, the Apple Watch Series 7 does not have FaceID or TouchID.
Can I use the Apple Watch 7 with an Android smartphone? Can I use it with a Samsung Galaxy device?
No, Apple still won’t let you use the Apple Watch 7 with any Android phone.
Can I use the Apple Watch Series 7 without an iPhone?
No, the Apple Watch Series 7 only works with iPhones. You cannot use it with iPads either.
Does the Apple Watch 7 use the same watch bands as the Apple Watch 6 and before?
Yes, the Apple Watch 7 uses the same watch bands as the Apple Watch 6. If you’re in the market for one, make sure you check out our list of the best Apple Watch bands.
Does the Apple Watch Series 7 support wireless charging?
Yes, the Apple Watch Series 7 supports wireless charging.
Along with the new Apple Watch Series 7, Apple also unveiled four new iPhones and a pair of TWS earbuds at today’s California Streaming launch event. You can learn all about the new iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max by following these links.