The Apple Watch Series 7 differs from its predecessors in appearance. The display now extends almost to the case’s edge. That means that, while the Watch isn’t much bigger, everything on it should be easier to read.
The bezels around the display are 1.7mm thinner, and the always-on screen mode is 70% brighter. Apple claims that the display can fit 50% more text than the Series 6. With a full keyboard that supports swiping, the new display also means new ways to interact.
There is a new set of watch faces to take advantage of the larger screen, including a more modular watch face that allows you to really peer at all the micro details related to your active rings, as well as a funky new watch face that highlights the minuscule bezels.
However, just because it has a larger display doesn’t mean it’s more fragile: Apple claims it’s crack resistant and now has an IP6X rating, which means it should be able to withstand a dunk in the sand at the beach or other dusty environments.
It’s also slightly larger: the Series 7 is available in 41mm and 45mm sizes. This is 1mm longer than the Series 6. The Series 7 is now only 1mm smaller than the original largest Apple Watch, which was announced in 2014.
Aside from the changes mentioned above, the Series 7 is very similar to the Series 6: same sensors and processors, and none of the rumored big square redesign. The new Series 7 will, like the Series 6, offer up to 18 hours of battery life and include a charger that charges via USB-C rather than USB-A and charges up to 33% faster (and Apple claims eight minutes of charging will give you up to eight hours of battery life).
The aluminum variant will be available in five colors in total: the standard black, gold, blue, and red, as well as a dark green that complements the rugged new support.
Aside from the premium Apple Watch refreshes, Apple has also added some new features to watchOS 8. Outdoor cycling will now have improved support and should automatically pause the workout when you come to a stop at a light or simply to take a break. Fall support is now available in workouts, so if you crash your bike or trip during a tough HIIT workout, the Watch will be able to contact emergency services. Pilates and the ability to do workouts with friends via SharePlay are also being added to Fitness Plus.
The Watch Series 3 will continue to be available for $199, the Watch SE will be $279, and the new Series 7 will be $399.