Apple Watch Series 7 may seem like it offers minimal updates at first glance, but depending on what version you’re upgrading from, it can offer some big improvements. Read on for Apple Watch 7 vs Apple Watch 6 and earlier.
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Table of contents
Since Apple Watch isn’t necessarily an every year purchase for customers, we’ve included everything from Series 6 all the way down to Series 3 to give the best perspective on the differences between all the recent models.
Apple Watch 7 vs Apple Watch 6 and earlier
Processor and storage
Interestingly, it looks like Apple is using the same 64-bit dual-core processor in the Series 7 that launched in the Series 6. It is calling the SiP the “S7” but the processor is the same.
Notably, Apple didn’t talk about the Series 7 processor during its announcement. While we shouldn’t expect a speed bump from Series 6 to 7, if you’re coming from earlier Apple Watch models you almost certainly will notice a faster, more responsive watch.
Another benefit, if you’re coming from a Series 3 or 4 to 7, is a jump in storage to 32GB.
|SiP/Processor||S7 SiP 64-bit dual-core processor||S6 SiP 64-bit dual-core processor||S5 SiP 64-bit dual-core processor||S5 SiP 64-bit dual-core processor||S4 SiP 64-bit dual-core processor||S3 SiP dual-core processor|
|U1 (ultra wideband)||✅||✅||❌||❌||❌||❌|
Case and display
Two of the main changes with the Apple Watch Series 7 are a slightly larger case at 45 and 41mm and a larger display. It’s 20% bigger than Series 4-6/SE and 50% larger than the Series 3 display.
And no worries on bands, all previous Apple Watch bands fit the Series 7.
|Display size||50% larger than Series 3 (20% bigger than Series 6 etc.)||30% larger than Series 3||30% larger than Series 3||30% larger than Series 3||30% larger than Series 3||563 sq mm|
Another consideration is you’ll be getting the always-on display if you’re coming from Series 3, 4, or the SE.
Battery and charging
Another improvement with Apple Watch 7 vs its predecessors is 33% faster charging. That means going from 0-80% in 45 instead of around 60 minutes for the other models.
If you’re interested in using Apple Watch Series 7 for sleep tracking, you also get 8 hours worth of use from an 8-minute charge.
|Battery life||Up to 18 hours||Up to 18 hours||Up to 18 hours||Up to 18 hours||Up to 18 hours||Up to 18 hours|
|Charging||0-80% in 45 minutes + 8 min charge = 8 hours sleep tracking||0-80% in ~60 minutes||0-80% in ~60 minutes||0-80% in ~60 minutes||0-80% in ~60 minutes||0-80% in ~60 minutes|
However, no improvement to the overall battery life, it’s still the same, up to 18 hours.
Here’s a look at some of the core features you’re getting with Apple Watch 7 vs the previous models.
|Blood Oxygen app||✅||✅||❌||❌||❌||❌|
|High/low heart rate notifications||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅|
|Water resistant to 50m||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅|
Apple Watch Series 7 comes in with a starting price of $399, the same as Series 6. Apple Watch SE from $279 remains in the lineup, with Series 3 holding on for another season at the entry price of $199.
At this point, Apple hasn’t shared when Series 7 will officially launch other than “later this fall.”
Apple Watch 7 vs Series 6 and earlier wrap-up
While Apple Watch Series 7 may feel more like Series 6S overall, if you’re thinking of upgrading from Series 3, 4, or SE, you get a larger than ever display, always-on screen, faster charging, and all of the available health features.
For more details, check out our guide on color comparisons, bands, and more.
- Apple Watch Series 7 FAQ: color comparisons, band compatibility, release date
- Apple says Apple Watch Series 7 is compatible with all previous bands
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