Apple Watch SE is the affordable successor to the Series 3

Shawn Knight

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Bottom line: Apple during its Time Flies streaming event on Tuesday announced a new, more affordable version of its popular wearable. It's a full $120 cheaper than the new Apple Watch Series 6 although you will give up a few key features in exchange for the savings.

The new Apple Watch SE includes most of the core fitness, monitoring and connectivity features found in other Apple Watches such as an always-on altimeter, GPS, sleep tracking, automatic handwashing detection, an integrated compass, fall detection, Bluetooth 5.0 and more.

Powered by Apple’s S5 dual-core System in Package (SiP), the wearable is said to be up to two times faster than the Apple Watch Series 3. This new model also features a Retina display with thin borders and curved corners that is 30 percent larger than the one found on the Series 3.

The new watch comes pre-loaded with watchOS 7 which features Family Setup, allowing family members without an iPhone to “benefit from the connectivity, safety, and fitness features of Apple Watch.” It’s also compatible with new Solo Loop and Braided Solo Loop bands, and is water resistant to a depth of 50 meters.

Pricing starts at $279 for the Apple Watch SE with GPS and $329 for the cellular model in your choice of three different chassis colors: silver, gold or space gray. It’s available to order from today from Apple’s website and in the Apple Store app, and will start shipping this Friday, September 18, in the US, Puerto Rico and 21 other regions.

Apple Watch Series 3 is also sticking around for another stint, starting at $199.

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SNGX1275

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I went from a 2 to a 5. The difference is pretty large, I kept my 2 though and I wear it when the 5 is charging or when I'm out doing yard work or otherwise doing things where it might get damaged.

I really like the altimeter on the new ones though, now it can almost fully replace a handheld GPS like my Garmin 60CSx (60CSx has maps and obviously a larger screen). I like the idea of a blood oxygen sensor too, but I don't know how useful it would be for me - or really anyone except those with breathing issues.
 
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Freddie159

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Both my wife and I have a series 3 and are wondering what the trade-in value is to get one of these, the problem is they work great for what we do with them and watching videos on my watch isn't anything I will be doing anytime soon.
 

LuckyMenace

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Both my wife and I have a series 3 and are wondering what the trade-in value is to get one of these, the problem is they work great for what we do with them and watching videos on my watch isn't anything I will be doing anytime soon.
Trade-in for series 3 is $95. Pretty tempting since with Apple Card, a watch SE is only $7.67/mo or a series 6 at $12.67/mo. I got a S3 myself and thinking of doing just that.

My most wanted feature is the always on display. I hate doing the motion normally and sometimes its literally impossible if I’m holding something that I can’t move my hands.

Another feature I wanted is the loudness tracker. I work in a facility that is as about as loud as OSHA recommends in a 8-hour work day. Unfortunately I work longer than that so I would like the data to see if when I’m at inside the workplace I will be safe.

I love my series 3 but I’m gonna see if I can get a S5 on sale before I jump on the SE. or I might just splurge a little on the S6...
 
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LuckyMenace

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I may upgrade from Watch2 to Watch6 but the sleep tracker is irrelevant for me.

I never wear a watch to bed.
A lot of people have sleep apnea and doesn’t even know it. With blood oxygen sensor, you can get a much more accurate reading of potential sleep apnea than you can without it. The treatment an be as easy as changing a pillow or as complicated as getting an oxygen tank. This watch can track the changes over time where S5 couldn’t before.
 

PenguinJoe

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I would not say any apple watch is particularly affordable simply because you need an iPhone to get full use out of it. No matter how cheap that watch is, it is horribly neutered without an expensive companion iPhone.