The Apple Watch Series 7 goes on pre-order this Friday, will be available next Friday

Peter, 04 October 2021

The new Apple Watch Series 7 arrives a couple of weeks after the iPhone 13 series went on sale. Pre-orders start this Friday, October 8, availability is set for October 15 (Friday next week). Here’s the list: Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Korea, the UAE, the UK, the US plus more than 50 other countries.

Two new watch faces: Contour Two new watch faces: Modular Duo
Two new watch faces: Contour • Modular Duo

You can pre-order one online or at an Apple store starting this Friday at 12:00 PM UTC. You can trade in an old watch to lower the price (it starts at $400 in the US), though only Apple watches seem to be accepted.

Color options: Aluminum case Color options: Stainless steel case Color options: Titanium case
Color options: Aluminum case • Stainless steel case • Titanium case

Note that the Solo Loop and Braided Solo Loop bands are exclusive to Apple stores (online and offline).

Apple Watch Series 7 features: ECG Apple Watch Series 7 features: Blood Oxygen Apple Watch Series 7 features: Pilates and Tai Chi Apple Watch Series 7 features: Guided meditation
Apple Watch Series 7 features: ECG • Blood Oxygen • Pilates and Tai Chi • Guided meditation

If you buy a watch with cellular connectivity directly from Apple, you can still get $100 back when you activate it on T-Mobile/Sprint or Verizon. Also, you don’t have to get the Series 7, the Apple Watch SE and the Series 3 are still around as cheaper options ($280 and $200, respectively).

However, the Series 7 brings a number of major improvements even over last year's Series 6. The bezels are thinner so the screen is 20% bigger. Also, the Always On Display mode is now 70% brighter. The watch is more durable with a glass that is better at resisting cracks and a body that is now dust-tight (IP6X). Battery life is the same old 18 hours, but charging is 33% faster (0-80% in 45 minutes). The larger display enabled Apple to redesign the UI a bit too, like the Modular Duo watch face (with two center complications) and even a QWERTY keyboard.

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waiting for it

18 hours battery life is the real bummer here.

  • Lilian

"redesign the UI"(did they really "redesign" it?), "with a glass that is better at resisting cracks"(the cheaper version which most are buying does not have any changes there) - media just regurgitating Apple press news,...

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