Apple announced Monday that pre-orders for the Apple Watch Series 7 will begin at 8 a.m. ET on Friday, October 8, and will begin shipping on Friday, October 15.
The Apple Watch Series 7 was announced at Apple’s California Streaming event alongside the iPhone 13, iPad mini, and 9th-generation iPad. While all of those products began shipping on September 24, Apple chose to delay the Series 7 watch for unknown reasons. Rumors suggest that supply and manufacturing limitations were behind the delay and will likely affect availability to early adopters.
The Apple Watch Series 7 is a minor upgrade to the Series 6, offering a larger screen (41mm and 45mm vs. 40mm and 44mm) and faster charging. The screen edges have been trimmed to 1.7mm, giving the watch a true edge-to-edge feel, and Apple has tweaked elements of watchOS to take advantage of the larger viewing area. There are also two new watch faces, Contour and Modular Duo, designed specifically for the new watch.
Additionally, Apple says the Apple Watch Series 7 is “the most durable Apple Watch ever” thanks to a stronger, crack-resistant front glass as well as IPX dust resistance. There are also several new color options, including midnight, starlight, green, a new shade of blue, and red. There are also stainless steel and titanium models in gold, graphite, silver, and space black.
Otherwise, not much has changed with the new Apple Watch. It has the same sensors (blood oxygen, ECG, electrical heart sensor), 18-hour battery life and processor as the Series 6, as well as the same features in watchOS 8. Rumors of a major redesign with flatter edges are not known. They ‘Weren’t met, nor were any of the next-gen health features Apple is reportedly working to offer, including skin temperature and non-invasive glucose tracking.
The supply of the Apple Watch Series 7 is expected to be severely limited, so interested buyers should log in as soon as it is available. The first round of iPhone 13 and iPad mini orders sold out quickly and were delayed for up to a month.
You can pre-order the Apple Watch Series 7 on Apple.com and other retailers beginning Friday, October 8. Like the iPhone 13, Apple offers trade-in offers and a carrier fee that returns customers $ 100 if they buy an Apple Watch directly through Apple and activate it with T-Mobile / Sprint or Verizon.
Michael Simon has been covering Apple since the iPod was the iWalk. His obsession with technology dates back to his first PC: the IBM Thinkpad with the lift-up keyboard to change the drive. Still waiting for that to come back in style tbh.