On October 15, the Apple Watch Series 7 will join the Apple Watch SE and Series 3 – here’s how they compare

Apple Watch Series 7, the next addition to Apple’s wearable electronics family, will be available online and in stores on October 15, however the Apple Watch SE and Apple Watch Series 3 will continue to be available.

When compared to the Series 6, the Apple Watch Series 7 has a 20% bigger screen, 33% faster charging, and enhanced dust resistance. It also keeps support for health functions that aren’t accessible on the Apple Watch Series 3 or SE.

Preorders for the Apple Watch Series 7 begin on October 8, and the smartwatch will be available in shops on October 15. The Apple Watch Series 7 is priced similarly to the Series 6 and starts at $399.

Apple Watch Series 7 vs. Apple Watch SE vs. Apple Watch Series 3: What’s the Difference?

With the Series 3 starting at $199 and the SE starting at $279, keeping different Apple Watch models available creates a larger range of price points. Those models, however, lack the most recent Watch OS enhancements, such as blood oxygen tracking and an electrocardiogram (ECG) app.

Due to its reduced size, limited storage space, and aging chipset, we no longer suggest purchasing the Apple Watch Series 3. Apple only sells the Series 3 GPS, which includes 8GB of storage rather than the 32 GB supplied by the Series 7 and Apple Watch SE. Despite having a smaller screen and an older chipset, the $330 cellular + GPS devices still available at Best Buy cost the same as the Apple Watch SE.

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Last fall, Apple Watch SE was released alongside the Series 6 and retains many of the best WatchOS features. The SE lacks an always-on display, 5 GHz Wi-Fi, and Apple’s ultra wideband radio chip as compared to the Series 7. The SE, as the less priced model, lacks Apple’s more expensive stainless steel and titanium casing options found on the Series 6 and Series 7.

We recommend the SE if you’re interested in smartwatch capabilities like heart and sleep tracking but don’t require advanced functions like ECG and don’t mind a little smaller screen, plus the SE occasionally goes on sale for $250.

The Apple Watch Series 7 will succeed the Series 6 as the premium Apple Watch, but the new capabilities won’t be enough to entice any but the most devoted Apple Watch customers to upgrade. We’ll have to put the Watch through its paces to see if it’s worth upgrading from earlier generations.

Specs of the Apple Watch Series 7, Apple Watch SE, and Apple Watch Series 3

Apple’s website has detailed specifications for each Apple Watch model, but we’ve highlighted some of the most important categories and differences in the chart below.

Features and specsApple Watch Series 7Apple Watch SEApple Watch Series 3
Price (base model)$399$279$199
Sizes41 mm, 45 mm40 mm, 44 mm38 mm, 42 mm
ConnectivityGPS or Cellular + GPS, Bluetooth 5.0, 5 GHz Wi-FiGPS or Cellular + GPS, Bluetooth 5.0, 2.4 GHz Wi-FiGPS only, Bluetooth 4.2, 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi
ColorsGreen, blue, red, starlight, midnight Space gray, silver, goldSpace gray, silver
Case materialAluminum, stainless steel, or titaniumAluminumAluminum
Storage space32GB32GB8GB
Battery life18 hours18 hours18 hours
Heart rate trackingYesYesYes
Water resistantYesYesYes
Blood oxygen appYesNoNo
Electrocardiogram (ECG) appYesNoNo


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Lirien Chen
Lirien Chen
Lirien Chen, a writer who is always seeking to learn and grow, both as a storyteller and as a person. I believe that writing is not just about putting words on a page, but about constantly challenging oneself and pushing the boundaries of what's possible. I strive to create work that is both original and thought-provoking, that pushes the limits of what's possible with the written word. I believe that writing has the power to change the world, and I am honored to be a part of that tradition

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