Apple Watch Series 7 debuts with familiar design, crack-resistant display, and 33 percent faster charging

Here's a look at what the latest smartwatch from Apple has to offer.

Highlights
  • Apple Watch Series 7 has been officially unveiled with a familiar design but with a bigger display and smaller bezels
  • The latest smartwatch ships in 41mm and 46mm sizes and supports a full keyboard with swipe support
  • Apple Watch Series 7 price starts at $399. Its India price is yet to be announced

At its annual hardware event, Apple introduced the Apple Watch Series 7 as the successor to its Watch Series 6 from last year. The latest smartwatch from the Cupertino giant brings a slightly more refined design, with the focus on a bigger screen and narrower bezels at just 1.7mm. Apple claims the screen on the Watch Series 7 is 70 percent brighter and it can fit in 50 percent more content on screen than the Watch Series 6. Interestingly, the smartwatch also gets a crack-resistant display and a full-blown keyboard that supports swiping.

Apple also announced some new watchOS 8 features on the stage. Users of existing Apple Watch models can look forward to watchOS 8 update on September 20th. The update will be rolled out to Series 3 and above models, and will require and an iPhone 6s or newer model with iOS 15.

Apple Watch Series 7 price

Apple Watch Series 7 price is $399 in the US, though the India price is still awaited. It will be available in five new aluminium colours: Green, Blue, Product Red, Midnight and Starlight (Gold). The Apple Watch Series 7 will be on sale later this year, with no concrete date given for its release.

Apart from launching the new model, the company announced that Apple Watch Series 3 (Rs 20,900/ $199) and Watch SE (Rs 29,900/ $279) will continue to sell. This means that last year’s Apple Watch Series 6 has been discontinued.

Apple Watch Series 7 specifications and features

Apple Watch Series 7

Apple Watch Series 7 is equipped with a new Retina display that has nearly 20 percent more screen area than the Series 6. The Series 7 also packs softer and rounded corners, and the new display refracts light on the edges for a subtle wraparound effect. The latest Apple Watch Series 7 will be available in 41mm and 46mm sizes, a jump from 40mm and 45mm. Apple says there are new watch faces designed specifically for Series 7, including Continuum face, a new Hermes watch face that has numbers changing hour by hour, Modular Max watch face, Modular Watch, and Nike watch face, where numbers change based on motion.

Apple Watch Series 7 is touted to be the most durable Apple Watch ever. It has a crack-resistant front crystal glass and is also the first Apple Watch to have IP6X certification for dust-resistance and WR50 rating for water-resistance.

Apple Watch Series 7 is claimed to last 18 hours on a single charge. The battery life is said to have been improved and it can charge 33 percent faster than the Series 6 thanks to the new fast-charging USB Type-C cable. Apple says it takes just 45 minutes to go from 0 to 80 percent. Additionally, an eight-minute charge can track eight hours of sleep.

As for the fitness features, the Watch Series 7 gets Time to Run and audio meditations are being added to the ‘Time to Walk’ feature on Fitness+. Apple announced that all previous Apple Watch bands will be compatible with Apple Watch Series 7.