The Apple Watch Series 7 is larger, curvier, and smarter

nanoguy

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In brief: The new Apple Watch was widely expected to be a significant visual upgrade over the previous generations, and to some extent it is. The larger screen allows for better interactions and text input, while several small improvements will supposedly add up to a more refined overall experience.

Apple Watch Series 7 was unveiled today, and it looks like the company is sticking with the overall design aesthetic of previous Apple Watches for at least one more generation.

The Cupertino company made a number of improvements on this mature design. The most noticeable one is a larger, 70 percent brighter Retina display with smaller, 1.7 mm refractive bezels, which make it look as if the screen is melting onto the sides of the case. Apple says the new screen can display 50 percent more text when compared Watch Series 6.

As expected, a larger screen called for new watch faces, but it's also stronger than before.

Apple claims the new screen is crack and dust resistant, and the IP6X rating means you can rest assured that beach sand and dust from the street won't easily find its way into the Watch Series 7. The water resistance rating is the same as on the previous Watch.

Now that the screen is larger, it's also easier to type on it using a full swipe keyboard. However, the overall size hasn't changed much from the previous generation. The new Apple Watch comes in 41 mm and 45 mm versions, with five new aluminum colors, three new stainless steel colors, and two new titanium finishes. And best of all, you can still use existing Watch bands.

The internals are relatively unchanged, with the only notable addition being faster charging for the tiny battery. This means you can now get up to 8 hours of sleep tracking with 8 minutes of charging, and getting from 0 to 80 percent battery takes only 45 minutes. Otherwise, the new Watch is still rated for up to 18 hours of battery life with normal use.

There are also software improvements, courtesy of watchOS 8. Notable new features include support for fall detection while cycling, better calorie tracking, as well as better detection and tracking of bike workouts. The Fitness+ subscription now has Pilates and Tai Chi workouts, as well as guided meditation.

As for when you'll be able to buy the new Apple Watch Series 7, the company says it will arrive sometime later this fall, an ambiguous launch date which was not entirely unexpected. Pricing starts at $399, but you'll also be able to opt for a Watch Series 3 or Watch SE at $199 and $299, respectively.

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mbk34

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Wasn't this watch supposed to be able to monitor blood sugar levels? That would be a huge thing for those who are diabetic. Have they given up on that or were they paid not to implement that functionality by the pharma companies?
 

Sean T

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Until the battery lasts a year (or more), I won't have any interest. I wear my watch 24/7, and having to charge it daily is a dealbreaker...

I actually just have two Apple Watches. One that I wear during the day and one for night. The newer model is the one I wear during the day, and my previous model for night. Not ideal but it solves the problem of wearing a watch 24x7.
 

Jrfeimst2

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Yeah... but I already HAVE an iPhone...
I agree with you. I hate having to charge daily. I did break down and bought one last year and it changed my mind about it big time. I love being able to leave my phone at home and it not being a distraction but I can or people can still contact me if needed. I got in the habit of charging it first thing in the morning while I drink and eat. Only takes like 30-45 min to charge to 100 and I wear it all day except for that time
 

m4a4

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Wasn't this watch supposed to be able to monitor blood sugar levels? That would be a huge thing for those who are diabetic. Have they given up on that or were they paid not to implement that functionality by the pharma companies?
Apple, the trillion dollar company, paid off from becoming the go-to company for a convenient blood-glucose monitor?
I very much doubt that.

I have a feeling that to figure out something like that in a small form factor, with accuracy, without complications from monitoring it (like constantly pricking the skin) is a hard task to figure out. Especially considering they want to try keeping the watch thin...
 
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I have a type 1 diabetes for 29 years now. Over that time, this disease has made a lot of damage to my eyes and also causing few more joint diseases that I must now live with for the rest of my life. For me, last night was a big big moment because I was hoping so much they can make it and implement this glucometer that would massively help me with controlling my diabetes. For me this would be a revolution. I cannot describe how upset and down I am atm ☹️
 

bviktor

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I have a type 1 diabetes for 29 years now. Over that time, this disease has made a lot of damage to my eyes and also causing few more joint diseases that I must now live with for the rest of my life. For me, last night was a big big moment because I was hoping so much they can make it and implement this glucometer that would massively help me with controlling my diabetes. For me this would be a revolution. I cannot describe how upset and down I am atm ☹️
You can do a whole lot more than just buying a watch to control your diabetes. In fact, getting a watch is the least important part.
 

CBTex

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I have a type 1 diabetes for 29 years now. Over that time, this disease has made a lot of damage to my eyes and also causing few more joint diseases that I must now live with for the rest of my life. For me, last night was a big big moment because I was hoping so much they can make it and implement this glucometer that would massively help me with controlling my diabetes. For me this would be a revolution. I cannot describe how upset and down I am atm ☹️

I feel for you man. As a father of a type 1 diabetic, I really do. A non-invasive, wrist mounted continuous glucose monitor really would be life changing. The technology just isn't there yet. No one has perfected a way to test blood glucose levels through skin yet, let alone make it affordable and portable enough to out in a $399 watch. Maybe someday.
 
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CBTex

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You can do a whole lot more than just buying a watch to control your diabetes. In fact, getting a watch is the least important part.

Not sure why you felt the need to say this in response. The guy was hopeful for a new tool that would really help him in is T1D management. If he has lived 29 years with T1D, he is obviously doing a lot of other things to manage it. Maybe you are confusing type 1 with type 2? Type 2 can often be significantly managed with diet and exercise. Type 1 cannot. Type 1's produce no insulin and must take it or die.
 

mbk34

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I've been Type 1 for 45 years and fortunately I'm still reasonably healthy. You can certainly test blood sugars by taking small blood samples from your fingers and running it through pocket sized test equipment but that's a world away from just glancing at your watch. You could could presumably also set alarms if your levels go outside a set range. If it could of tested blood sugars then I'd probably of bought the watch.
 

Tams80

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Not sure why you felt the need to say this in response. The guy was hopeful for a new tool that would really help him in is T1D management. If he has lived 29 years with T1D, he is obviously doing a lot of other things to manage it. Maybe you are confusing type 1 with type 2? Type 2 can often be significantly managed with diet and exercise. Type 1 cannot. Type 1's produce no insulin and must take it or die.

They were harsh, but the original comment was rather heavy on the emotion.

And the original commenter was expecting the unrealistic. We'd very likely have heard about such a breakthrough well before a consumer device used it. They set themselves up to be disappointed based on the same rumours and hype that things like the 'Switch Pro' came from.
 

jonhason martin

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In brief: The new Apple Watch was widely expected to be a significant visual upgrade over the previous generations, and to some extent it is. The larger screen allows for better interactions and text input, while several small improvements will supposedly add up to a more refined overall experience.

Apple Watch Series 7 was unveiled today, and it looks like the company is sticking with the overall design aesthetic of previous Apple Watches for at least one more generation.

The Cupertino company made a number of improvements on this mature design. The most noticeable one is a larger, 70 percent brighter Retina display with smaller, 1.7 mm refractive bezels, which make it look as if the screen is melting onto the sides of the case. Apple says the new screen can display 50 percent more text when compared Watch Series 6.

As expected, a larger screen called for new watch faces, but it's also stronger than before.

Apple claims the new screen is crack and dust resistant, and the IP6X rating means you can rest assured that beach sand and dust from the street won't easily find its way into the Watch Series 7. The water resistance rating is the same as on the previous Watch.

Now that the screen is larger, it's also easier to type on it using a full swipe keyboard. However, the overall size hasn't changed much from the previous generation. The new Apple Watch comes in 41 mm and 45 mm versions, with five new aluminum colors, three new stainless steel colors, and two new titanium finishes. And best of all, you can still use existing Watch bands.

The internals are relatively unchanged, with the only notable addition being faster charging for the tiny battery. This means you can now get up to 8 hours of sleep tracking with 8 minutes of charging, and getting from 0 to 80 percent battery takes only 45 minutes. Otherwise, the new Watch is still rated for up to 18 hours of battery life with normal use.

There are also software improvements, courtesy of watchOS 8. Notable new features include support for fall detection while cycling, better calorie tracking, as well as better detection and tracking of bike workouts. The Fitness+ subscription now has Pilates and Tai Chi workouts, as well as guided meditation.

As for when you'll be able to buy the new Apple Watch Series 7, the company says it will arrive sometime later this fall, an ambiguous launch date which was not entirely unexpected. Pricing starts at $399, but you'll also be able to opt for a Watch Series 3 or Watch SE at $199 and $299, respectively.

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You can do a whole lot more than just buying a watch to control your diabetes. In fact, getting a watch is the least important part.
You can do a whole lot more than just buying a watch to control your diabetes. In fact, getting a watch is the least important part.
You can do a whole lot more than just buying a watch to control your diabetes. In fact, getting a watch is the least important part.
The Apple Watch 7 does get a 70% brighter Always On display while indoors, IP6X dust resistance, the same WR50 water resistance as prior models, and more durability. The battery is the same (18 hours expected), but recharges 33% faster.
 

mbk34

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And the original commenter was expecting the unrealistic. We'd very likely have heard about such a breakthrough well before a consumer device used it. They set themselves up to be disappointed based on the same rumours and hype that things like the 'Switch Pro' came from.
It was widely rumoured that the Series 7 would have glucose monitoring and Apple has never denied this so I think it's fair for those affected to be a little disappointed. Without rumours there'd be little to report on in tech mags - I guess we'd just have to content ourselves with articles on how 10 year GPUs handle this year's games.
 

netman

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"Otherwise, the new Watch is still rated for up to 18 hours of battery life with normal use"____ That is the only reason one can call this watch a subpar...! I will buy this watch when the battery lasts at least a week which could be never...!
 

Guybrush3epwood

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Sort the joke of a battery and these things will fly off the shelves.

My Garmin Fenix lasts 10 days on a charge.
My previous cheapy Garmin Forerunner lasted 7 days.
My wifes FitBit lasts 8 days.

When we all still went to an office, my colleague with a Series 4 was always moaning towards the end of the day that he forgot to charge and his watch went flat lol
 

Tams80

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It was widely rumoured that the Series 7 would have glucose monitoring and Apple has never denied this so I think it's fair for those affected to be a little disappointed. Without rumours there'd be little to report on in tech mags - I guess we'd just have to content ourselves with articles on how 10 year GPUs handle this year's games.
And had you heard of any news of non-intrusive glucose monitoring? No, you hadn't. Regulators would have been all over that, and they have an obligation to not keep the existence of such technology secret.
 

mbk34

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And had you heard of any news of non-intrusive glucose monitoring? No, you hadn't. Regulators would have been all over that, and they have an obligation to not keep the existence of such technology secret.
Until a product gets released all we hear are rumours and these rumours are what build up interest in new products. It was fairly widely rumoured that this watch could have glucose monitoring and some sources even detailed how it might work. Apple certainly said nothing to deny this. If you search for "apple watch glucose non invasive" then you'll see all sorts of fairly reliable sources including Bloomberg. Even Techspot had an article. I suspect regulators don't act on rumours.