Apple Watch Series 7 Overview Updated September 15, 2021

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

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The Apple Watch Series 7 was announced during its “California Streaming” event with a larger and more durable display.

Read on for our full roundup of everything we know so far about the Apple Watch Series 7.

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 with 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. It’s now more crack-resistant and it 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 stronger and more robust geometry that is over 50% thicker than that of 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 staying relax 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?

The Apple Watch Series 7 was unveiled during the “California Streaming” event in September. As for now, its availability is listed as “Later this fall.” Analysts suggest that the supply chain faced issues when assembling this new Watch and Apple can take a few months before start shipping it.

Price: How much will Apple Watch Series 7 cost?

Apple only revealed the starting price of the 41mm Watch: $399. The company also revealed it will keep selling the Apple Watch Series 3 and Apple Watch SE.

Based on the Series 6 price tag, we can assume that the new Watch will cost the same. Even though, while Apple still doesn’t confirm, here are the prices of the Apple Watch Series 6 instead:

  • 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

watchOS 8

The Apple Watch Series 7 will feature watchOS 8. It was previewed during the WWDC21 keynote and is available starting 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.

Wrap up

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

Apple Watch Series 7 Stories Today

One of the few new features of the Apple Watch Series 7 is support for fast charging, which results in 33% faster charging time when compared to the Apple Watch Series 6. However, Apple says that fast charging requires a new USB-C cable (which now comes bundled in the box), but MagSafe Duo owners may not be able to take advantage of this feature.

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Apple Watch Series 7 Stories September 15

A newly surfaced internal Apple document reveals more details about the Apple Watch Series 7, including weights, connectivity, and internal components. The comparison document which Apple has not shared with customers shows that the watch has a new S7 system in package, but maintains the same CPU and speeds as the S6 chip from the Series 6.

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If I had to write a brutally honest headline for yesterday’s Apple event, it would be: Apple announces exciting new iPad mini (alongside worthwhile updates to Watch and iPhone).

It’s not that the iPhone 13 and Apple Watch Series 7 updates were uninteresting. Indeed, Apple has successfully sold me a new iPhone. It’s just that the improvements were, for most use cases, relatively modest when you compare them to the complete transformation of the iPad mini …

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Apple Watch Series 7 Stories September 14

Apple finally announced Apple Watch Series 7 on Tuesday after several rumors about the next generation of its smartwatch. However, unlike what the rumors suggested, Apple Watch Series 7 doesn’t exactly have a brand-new design — and that’s not all. It seems that this year’s Apple Watch has the same processor as the 2020 Apple Watch Series 6.

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Alongside the new Apple Watch Series 7, the company has introduced a fresh collection of watch bands. There are new colors and designs all across the board, including new striped sport loop bands. The new bands continue to work with previous Apple Watch generations and old bands will work with the Series 7.

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Apple announced today during its “California Streaming” event that all previous Apple Watch bands will be compatible with Apple Watch Series 7.

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Apple Watch Series 7 is being shown off for the first time today as part of Apple’s September iPhone 13 event. The new hardware features an expanded display, new finish options, faster charging, and more.

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Apple Watch Series 7 Stories September 12

We are just a few days away from Apple’s “California Streaming” event, where the company is set to unveil the iPhone 13, Apple Watch Series 7, and more. What product are you most excited to see at Apple’s September event?

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As we are a few days away from Apple introducing the new iPhone 13 and Apple Watch Series 7, reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo offered a new insight about Series 7 mass production delay and the impact on the release schedule.

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Ahead of Tuesday’s “California Streaming” Apple event for the iPhone 13, Bloomberg is out with its last-minute roundup of expectations for the event. According to the report, the Apple Watch Series 7 and iPhone 13 are a lock for the event, and many of the previously-rumored features are likely to come to fruition.

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Apple Watch Series 7 Stories September 8

Ahead of Apple’s upcoming event on Tuesday, last-minute leaks and rumors continue to surface regarding the iPhone 13, Apple Watch Series 7, and AirPods 3. Leaker Max Weinbach has shared a handful of details about the iPhone 13 lineup related to battery life, camera technology, and more.

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Apple Watch Series 7 Stories September 5

While reports have suggested the Apple Watch Series 7 is facing production issues, Apple is reportedly still planning to announce the new device alongside the iPhone 13 as soon as next week. According to Bloomberg, Apple plans to move forward with the announcement, but that the Apple Watch Series 7 will be available in severely limited quantities at launch.

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Apple Watch Series 7 Stories September 2

Earlier today Bloomberg reported new details about the upcoming Apple Watch Series 7, including the size of the larger displays. Little was previously known about the next generation Apple Watch aside from it apparently gaining a new flat design reminiscent of the iPhone 12 and iPad Pro. Today we learned about new exclusive watch faces, significantly larger displays, and more.

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At this point, it’s pretty much certain that Apple Watch Series 7 will get an all-new design with flat edges and new sizes. While this is not the first time Apple has redesigned its smartwatch, a major change like this has led to divergent rumors about the Apple Watch Series 7 bands’ compatibility with previous generations of Apple Watch.

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A new report from Bloomberg today offers additional details on what to expect from this year’s Apple Watch Series 7. While it had previously been reported that the Apple Watch Series 7 will come with exclusive new watch faces to take advantage of its larger display, today’s report gets more specific about what to expect.

The report corroborates that Apple plans to market the Apple Watch Series 7 as being available in 41mm and 45mm sizes.

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A pair of new reports from Digitimes this morning claims to offer new details on production timelines for two highly anticipated new products from Apple this fall. According to the reports, new M1X-powered MacBook Pros are expected to launch later in the fall, while the Apple Watch Series 7 is slated for mass production at the end of September.

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Apple Watch Series 7 Stories September 1

Amid reports that the Apple Watch Series 7 is facing production delays and won’t feature any new health sensor technology, a new report today reiterates that the Apple Watch is still “at the center of Apple’s health ambitions.” Apple is exploring a variety of new health features for the Apple Watch for the coming years, the Wall Street Journal says today.

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Apple Watch blood pressure measurement has long been rumored, but a Nikkei report yesterday suggested that the feature would be included in the upcoming Series 7 model.

Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman says not, in a two-word reply to someone querying that on Twitter …

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Apple Watch Series 7 Stories August 31

We’re anxiously waiting for Apple to announce the next iPhone event, but there’s news out of Nikkei Asia that could prove disappointing for Apple Watch customers. Citing sources familiar with Apple Watch Series 7 production, the outlet reports that the redesigned hardware (renders pictured above) is causing production delays ahead of launch. Apple typically releases major new updates to the Apple Watch in September (save for last year’s slight delay due to COVID).

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Apple Watch Series 7 Stories August 30

New renders of the reported 2021 Apple Watch design likely give us a far better idea of what to expect from the Series 7 design than the $60 clone devices seen last week.

While those looked ugly, most especially the clunky way that the screen mated with the casing, these renders look far more attractive, and are likely a much closer match for the real thing…

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Apple Watch Series 7 Stories August 29

Our expectations for the Apple Watch Series 7 are starting to take shape ahead of its announcement next month. Now, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman is corroborating that the focus this year will be on the new flat-edged design with larger displays.

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Apple Watch Series 7 Stories August 27

We’re just several weeks away from the introduction of the Apple Watch Series 7, and expectations are starting to take shape. We’ve seen multiple different CAD renders showcasing the flat-edged Apple Watch Series 7 design, and now clones based on those renders have started to emerge in China.

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Apple Watch Series 7 Stories August 26

It appears that Apple started mass production of the Apple Watch Series 7 and new bands as leakers have been posting on social media that the new Watch will come in new 41mm and 45mm sizes.

Earlier this week, an anonymous user identified as UnclePan shared some details on Weibo about the upcoming Apple Watch Series 7, which, according to him, will be released in 41mm and 45mm.

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Apple Watch Series 7 Stories August 25

Earlier this week, an anonymous user identified as UnclePan shared on Weibo some details about the upcoming Apple Watch Series 7, which, according to him, will be released in 41mm and 45mm. Now another leaker corroborates that same information with a sketchy photo showing a piece of an Apple Watch band with the “45mm” label on it.

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