In Apple’s recent live event, it announced a slew of fun new gadgets and software updates, including the new Apple Watch Series 7. The smartwatch has an updated design that includes a larger display, new watchfaces, and a few other extras.
The Series 7 has slimmer bezels, measuring just 1.7mm, and a larger screen that extends nearly to the edge of the case. The new always-on retina display measures 20% bigger than the Series 6 and about 50% bigger than the Series 3. It’s also 40% thinner than the Series 6 and you can see roughly 50% more text on its screen in comparison, too. You can choose from the 41mm and 45mm sizes—only slightly bigger than the Series 6’s 40mm and 44mm options.
A larger display means more room for new things, like a full keyboard that supports QuickPath swiping and a stunning set of new watchOS 8 watchfaces, including a modular option. The increased screen size means it’s easier to peek at the tiny details of your active rings and the many new complications available.
And don’t fret—even though the display is larger, Apple says it has a crack-resistant front crystal; plus, the overall watch has IP6X and WR50 ratings, which mean it’s cleared for use in shallow-water activities like swimming and showering, and it can handle a tumble in the dirt or sand.
Those ratings are especially nice to have given Apple’s addition of new watchOS 8 features for cyclists. It can detect when you start a ride, automatically pause and resume during your ride, and even detect when you fall, offering up an SOS prompt should you need it. New voice feedback through the watch’s speaker, AirPods, or other Bluetooth headphones automatically announces Activity ring status and workout milestones. Ebike riders also get a few perks, like active calorie measuring and an improved algorithm that evaluates heart rate and GPS to better determine when you’re using pedal-assist vs standalone leg power.
Apple optimized the new smartwatch’s user interface for its new dimensions and made it 70% brighter for indoor use. It uses the same processors and sensors, and features larger redesigned buttons. Battery life stays the same between the Series 6 and Series 7 at up to 18 hours. It includes a charger and supports USB-C charging in lieu of USB-A, which can charge up to 33% faster. There’s even a fast-charge option, where setting the watch on the charger for just eight minutes will give you up to eight hours of juice.
Naturally, Apple Fitness+ also received a few updates that you can take advantage of on the new watch. Now, users of the fitness service will be able to enjoy a Pilates body-conditioning workout type and practice mindfulness anytime and anywhere with Guided Meditation. More into winter sports? Check out Workouts to Get Ready for Snow Season, featuring world-class athletes like Ted Ligety. Fitness+ is also introducing Group Workouts with SharePlay, where you can work out together with up to 32 friends to stay motivated.
As you’d expect, the Apple Watch Series 7 comes in several style options, including an aluminum case finish in one of five colors: blue, gold, black, red, and dark green. There is also an “exciting palette” of Apple Watch bands—including a designer option from Hermès and Nike, with matching watchfaces—and the Apple Watch Series 7 has backward compatibility with bands from previous models.
The Apple Watch Series 7 models will be available later this fall. The Series 7 starts at $399, the Apple Watch E starts at $279, and the Apple Watch Series 3 starts at $199. Stay tuned for more details on the official release date of the Apple Watch Series 7—we’ll post it as soon as we know it.