Apple Watch Series 7 Overview Updated July 23, 2022

Apple Watch Series 7: Features, release date, design, more

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The Apple Watch Series 7 was announced during Apple’s “California Streaming” event with a larger and more durable display followed by its release in October of 2021. Read on as we round up everything new with this Watch.

History

The Apple Watch was first introduced in 2015 and quickly became the best-selling wearable device of the year, reportedly selling 4.2 million units in Q2 2015. When the company introduced the Apple Watch Series 2 later in 2016, Apple labeled the original Apple Watch as “Series 0” while bringing an updated chip with “Series 1” and a brand new “Series 2” Watch.

When Apple introduced the Apple Watch Series 3 in 2017 a lot of things changed. The company started seeing the Watch more like a fitness device rather than a fashion one, although it was available in aluminum, stainless steel, and ceramic models. This Watch had a chip 70% faster than its predecessor, increased RAM, and introduced the LTE cellular connectivity variant with 16GB of storage.

Apple Watch Series 4, which launched a year later, featured a major redesign with a screen that was 30% bigger in both models and a 50% improvement on its processor over the Series 3 version. Speakers and microphones were rearranged so they were louder and more useful, and Series 4 introduced the fall detection feature, ECG capabilities, and the second-generation heart rate monitor.

In 2019, the Apple Watch Series 5 was a notable upgrade over the Series 4: Apple introduced an Always-On display with an energy-saving LTOP OLED screen, a built-in compass, doubled the storage to 32GB, and brought back the Edition tier with a ceramic model and a brand new titanium version.

In 2020, Apple announced the Apple Watch Series 6. This Watch brought a new S6 processor, up to 20% faster than its predecessor, a brighter Always-On display, a blood oxygen app, and an always-on altimeter, alongside new health sensors.

In 2021, Apple unveiled the Apple Watch Series 7 with a more durable and larger display, now with 41mm and 45mm options. The Watch is more crack-resistant and can charge faster than previous models. It has the same processor as the Series 6 and maintains the three finishes: aluminum, stainless steel, and titanium.

Apple Watch Series 7: Specs and features

More durable and larger display

Unlike all the rumors, the new Apple Watch Series 7 doesn’t feature a new design. Instead, it does have a larger display with 20% more screen area and thinner borders at 1.7mm, 40% smaller than those on Apple Watch Series 6.

This new Apple Watch is available in 41mm and 45mm sizes. While the wrist is down, the Always-On Retina display is up to 70% brighter indoors than the previous Watch, making it easier to see the watch face without having to lift the wrist or wake the display.

Apple Watch Series 7 features a redesigned front crystal with a more robust geometry that is over 50% thicker than that of the Apple Watch Series 6, making it more crack-resistant.

The Watch has also been certified IP6X dust-resistant and has a water resistance rating of WR50, making it a good choice for swimming performances and making users stay relaxed while on the beach or the desert.

Sensors

Apple Watch Series 7 has the same sensors as Apple Watch Series 6, which means it has a third-generation optical heart sensor, Digital Crown with haptic feedback, a built-in compass, an always-on altimeter, and a second-generation speaker and mic. With Emergency SOS and International emergency calling, you can quickly call for help and alert your emergency contacts.

Apple Watch Series 7 also detect if you’ve taken a hard fall, then automatically calls emergency services for you. The Noise app alerts when decibels reach levels that could damage your hearing. 

Performance

Apple Watch Series 7 has the same processor as last year’s Apple Watch Series 6. Even though it has a new name, being called S7, it has the same CPU power. It’s not the first time Apple does something like that. With the Apple Watch Series 5, the S5 chip had the same performance as the S4 SoC but brought a Compass feature built-in as well.

The S7 SiP has a 64-bit dual-core processor and features 32GB of storage. As the S6 chip, it’s 20% faster than the processor found inside the Apple Watch SE.

Apple Watch finishes

With Apple Watch Series 7, Apple brought three different finishes:

Aluminum

  • Midnight;
  • Starlight;
  • Green,
  • Blue;
  • (PRODUCT)RED.

Stainless Steel

  • Silver;
  • Graphite;
  • Gold

Titanium

  • Natural;
  • Space Black.

Release date: When will Apple Watch Series 7 come out?

Apple Watch Series 7 is available since October 15.

Price: How much Apple Watch Series 7 cost?

Apple Watch Series 7 starts at $399. The prices are the same as the last year’s model, as you can see below:

  • Aluminum, 40mm, GPS: $399
  • Aluminum, 40mm, GPS + Cellular: $499
  • Aluminum, 44mm, GPS: $429
  • Aluminum, 44m, GPS + Cellular: $529
  • Stainless steel, 40mm, GPS + Cellular: $699
  • Stainless steel, 44mm, GPS + Cellular: $749
  • Titanium, 40mm, GPS + Cellular: $849
  • Titanium, 44mm, GPS + Cellular: $899

Lower prices may be available from Apple’s official Amazon store.

Deals

In line with similar promotions offered for iPhone and iPad purchases, Apple says that customers can buy a GPS + Cellular model of the Apple Watch Series 7 and get a $100 rebate when they activate it with T-Mobile/Sprint or Verizon. Apple says: 

Customers can buy Apple Watch (GPS + Cellular) directly from apple.com/store or at an Apple Store and get $100 back when they activate it with T-Mobile/Sprint or Verizon. 

You can learn more about it here.

Over at 9to5Toys, you can find the best deals on the Apple Watch Series 7 and other Apple products. Download the 9to5Toys iPhone app to receive push notifications for new deals as well.

watchOS 8

The Apple Watch Series 7 features watchOS 8. It was previewed during the WWDC21 keynote and is available since September 20. Here are its key functions:

  • New custom Watch Faces;
  • Focus mode so you can filter out distractions;
  • New Mindfulness app;
  • New Pilates and Tai Chi workouts;
  • Locate misplaced Apple devices with Find Devices, including Items, Devices, and People.

For the Series 7, Apple is also introducing a few tweaks thanks to its larger display. For example, it will be possible to write a message using QuickPath.

Learn more about watchOS 8 here.

watchOS 8.1 features

A month after releasing watchOS 8, the company updated the Apple Watch with version 8.1 with some bug fixes.

watch 8.3 features

watchOS 8.3 is currently the latest software update for the Apple Watch Series 7. Here’s what’s new:

  • Apple Music Voice Plan gives you access to all songs, playlists, and stations in Apple Music using Siri
  • Support for App Privacy Report to record data and sensor access
  • Fixes an issue where notifications may interrupt Mindfulness sessions unexpectedly for some users.

watchOS 8.4 features

watchOS 8.4, which was released on January 26, fixed a bug that prevented Apple Watch from being recharged with some third-party chargers. Apart from that, there are no notable features in this operating system.

watchOS 8.5 features

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After small updates, watchOS 8.5 brings a handful of new features. Here are the most important:

  • New emoji;
  • New non-binary, American Siri voice;
  • Ability to authorize Apple TV purchases and subscriptions;
  • COVID-19 vaccination cards in Apple Wallet now support the EU Digital COVID Certificate format;
  • Updates to irregular rhythm notifications are designed to improve atrial fibrillation identification. Available in the United States, Chile, Hong Kong, South Africa, and many regions where the feature is available;
  • Audio hints in Fitness+ provide you with audio commentary of visually demonstrated movements during workouts.

watchOS 8.6 features

watchOS 8.6 enables the ECG app and irregular rhythm notifications for Apple Watch users in Mexico. With the ECG app, users can take an electrocardiogram directly from their wrist.

According to the release notes, the update also includes “improvements and bug fixes.”

watchOS 8.7 features

According to the release notes, the update includes “improvements and bug fixes.”

Apple is testing watchOS 9 at the moment.

Wrap up

For Apple Watch Series 5 and Series 6 owners, the Apple Watch Series 7 isn’t a necessary upgrade. For those coming from a Series 4 or older, this new Apple Watch will sure bring improvements: a faster processor, bigger and brighter screen, more sensors, and, also, a slight redesign.

Apple Watch Series 7 Stories June 30

We are officially in July, and Apple has just released a new Apple Watch Series 7 advertisement that promotes the durability of the device. The ad comes amid rumors of a “rugged” version of the Apple Watch expected to be introduced this fall.

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Apple Watch Series 7 Stories June 6

Remember the QWERTY keyboard available to Apple Watch Series 7 users? While it was only available for English users, Apple has announced that watchOS 9 will bring additional language support to this feature.

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Apple Watch Series 7 Stories May 31

It’s no surprise that Apple remains the smartwatch market leader by a considerable margin, according to the latest data, but what’s unusual is that the company doesn’t top the list in the premium smartwatch segment.

At the other end of the scale, Xiaomi is showing increasing signs of owning the budget segment …

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Apple Watch Series 7 Stories May 27

The two most recent Apple Watches in the current lineup share a lot of features in common but there are at least eight differences that account for the more expensive Apple Watch Series 7 price. Whether you’re looking for yourself or someone else, read on for Apple Watch SE vs 7 to help you figure out which one to pick.

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Apple Watch Series 7 Stories May 2

Apple on Monday quietly started selling refurbished models of the Apple Watch Series 7 in its online store. Customers can now save up to $70 by choosing a refurbished Series 7 model compared to the retail price at the Apple Store – but not all versions are currently available.

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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 to help you decide which one to pick in 2022.

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Apple Watch Series 7 Stories December 9, 2021

Well-known repair company iFixit already shared its traditional Apple Watch Series 7 teardown back in October, but now iFixit is back with x-ray wallpapers that show what’s inside the new Apple Watch.

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Apple Watch Series 7 Stories November 19, 2021

Some people are finding that an Apple Watch $100 rebate program announced by Apple is not being honored by carriers.

Bloomberg Apple correspondent Mark Gurman has gone as far as to say that the deal is “designed to not pay out” …

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Apple Watch Series 7 Stories November 3, 2021

The Apple Watch Series 7 features a new industrial design with a focus on larger 41mm and 45mm sizes. In a new interview with the Independent, Apple’s Alan Dye and Stan Ng talked more about this new design, how watchOS is optimized to take advantage of the larger displays, and more.

Alan Dye serves as Apple’s vice president of interface design, while Stan Ng is the company’s vice president of product marketing. Ng explained in the interview that the key for Apple was making the Apple Watch Series 7 display bigger, while also not compromising other aspects of the wearable:

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Apple Watch Series 7 Stories October 26, 2021

The release of the Apple Watch Series 7 was overshadowed by the MacBook Pro event, but Apple executives still want to talk about the Series 7. Although it doesn’t bring new sensors or even a new processor, the larger screen is what people should be focusing on when thinking about buying this product.

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Apple Watch Series 7 Stories October 21, 2021

Apple Watch Series 7 was announced in September but only became available in stores earlier this month. Now iFixit has finally shared its traditional teardown to show what the new Apple Watch looks like inside. This time, the repair company has invited former Apple engineers to help them in the process.

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Apple Watch Series 7 Stories October 16, 2021

Yesterday marked the official release date of the new Apple Watch Series 7, and tidbits continue to emerge. Unfortunately, some people thought the new “Nike Bounce” watch face was exclusive to the new Nike Apple Watches, which it’s not.

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Apple Watch Series 7 Stories October 15, 2021

One of the headlining features of the new Apple Watch Series 7 is its new support for fast charging. Apple made a big deal about this improvement during its “California Streaming” event last month, but there are some important things to keep in mind…

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Apple has introduced two new watch faces with the new Series 7 watches: Contour and Modular Duo. Contour is the more interesting of the two and features a gorgeous design that falls off the edges of the new larger displays. The new face is extremely customizable and features a bunch of ways to personalize it.

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We’ve only just got our hands on the new Apple Watch Series 7, and we happen to have the new green model. Much has been made about what the new watch colors actually look like in person, especially the green, since it’s the one Apple is choosing to market most prominently. Now that we’ve seen it, we can confidently say it’s one of the best aluminum finishes Apple has ever shipped.

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Apple Watch Series 7 Stories October 14, 2021

Apple Watch Series 7 was announced in September along with iPhone 13 and iPad mini 6. However, while those products were already available in stores since last month, pre-orders of the new Apple Watch only began on October 8. Now customers are finally having their Apple Watch Series 7 orders delivered.

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By the weekend, some Apple Watch Series 7 customers already got the message saying the product was “Preparing to Ship.” On Monday, Apple started shipping them, and now some of these orders are arriving at customers’ houses ahead of official launch tomorrow.

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Apple Watch Series 7 Stories October 13, 2021

With Apple Watch Series 7 hitting stores in a couple of days, there are still small tidbits we are just discovering now. After the Apple Watch’s embargo lifted today, we were able to take a look at the new power cable that comes in the box.

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The first Apple Watch Series 7 pre-orders are shipping to customers ahead of its official release on Friday. Ahead of that release, the first embargoed press reviews of the Apple Watch Series 7 have now been published, offering a closer look at the new 41mm/45mm sizes, the new colors, and more.

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Apple Watch Series 7 Stories October 11, 2021

The first Apple Watch Series 7 deliveries are scheduled for Friday, and those lucky enough to be in line for day-one delivery are now starting to receive shipping notices. Earlier statuses showed them as “preparing to ship.”

Apple uses a two-stage delivery process to control when launch orders are received …

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Apple Watch Series 7 Stories October 9, 2021

While the Apple Watch Series 7 launch date was a mystery during the “California Streaming” keynote, Apple is not wasting anymore time. After pre-orders started on Friday, some customers have already received the notification that the product is preparing to ship.

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Rumors and leakers created enormous anticipation around Apple Watch Series 7. Multiple reports suggested it would receive a major redesign, improved battery life, and a faster S7 chip that would make people forget about the lack of new sensors.

But during the “California Streaming” event, we discovered that the Apple Watch Series 7 is not at all like the rumors suggested, which led to disappointment for some Apple Watch fans. Now that the Watch is finally available to pre-order, here’s why you shouldn’t care that much for this “S” year of the device.

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Apple Watch Series 7 Stories October 8, 2021

While Apple left a lot unknown in the lead-up to Apple Watch Series 7 pre-orders opening this morning, it has now published its usual in-depth details on the new wearables. New tech spec and comparison pages on Apple’s website offer a closer look at the Series 7 and its differences (and similarities) when compared to the Series 6.

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Apple today officially opened pre-orders for the new Apple Watch Series 7. The company is offering $100 rebates with cellular Apple Watch purchases with select carriers, head below for the full details.

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