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Apple Watch 7: What you need to know about Apple’s most durable smartwatch yet

Featuring a crack-resistant display and IPX6-rated dust resistance, the Apple Watch Series 7 is the most durable Apple Watch yet.

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Apple’s new smartwatch has been unveiled with an all-new design, more durable display and faster charging capabilities.


Revealed at an Apple showcase on 14th September, the Apple Watch Series 7 was described by the brand as having the “largest and most display ever.”

It was unveiled with a new look and a software upgrade to WatchOS 8, which will be available to download for free via Apple from 20th September.

Here is everything you need to know about the new Apple smartwatch, including battery life, display features and new colour options. Plus, all the latest news on pricing and when you’ll be able to buy the Apple Watch Series 7.

As always, the release of a new Apple Watch means we can also expect to see brilliant deals on the previous generations – especially as we edge towards Black Friday 2021 and Cyber Monday 2021 sale events in November. 

For a full run-down of the 2020-era devices, don’t miss our in-depth Apple Watch 6 review and Apple Watch SE review, or head straight to our best iPhone guide.

To see how Apple’s two current smartwatches compare, read our Apple Watch 6 vs SE guide. With both these wearable devices being only a year old, you can still get some fantastic features with a soon-to-be lower price tag.

Want a full breakdown of everything announced at the event? Head to our Apple event summary page. And if you are interested in the new smartphone range, be sure to check out our in-depth iPhone 13 vs iPhone 12 comparison.

Apple Watch 7: top specs at a glance 

  • Always-On Retina display that’s 70& brighter indoors than Watch 6.
  • Available in two sizes: 41mm and 45mm.
  • USB-C charging cable
  • Softer and more rounded corners.
  • Two new font sizes and keyboard that can be swiped with QuickPath
  • 18-hour battery life, 33% faster charging.
  • Stronger, more crack-resistant front panel.
  • IP6X certification for resistance to dust.
  • WR50 water resistance rating.
  • Five colours: green, blue, red, starlight and midnight
  • Backward compatibility with already released Watch bands.

Apple Watch 7 release date: when can you buy it? 

Despite being revealed at the iPhone launch event on 14th September, Apple has not yet revealed the exact release date. Instead, the company has simply confirmed that the Apple Watch Series 7 will be available in autumn this year. We will keep this article updated as we learn more about the release date and UK availability.

While we’re still waiting for an Apple Watch 7 release date, Apple did reveal an iPhone 13 pre-orders date and iPad mini 6 pre-orders. Both the smartphone and iPad mini will be officially released on 24th September.

Apple Watch 7 price: how much will the new smartwatch cost?

Prices for the Apple Watch Series 7 will start at $399. A full breakdown of UK pricing will be available when the Apple Watch goes on sale in autumn.

Apple Watch 7: design

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The biggest and most obvious difference is the display on the Apple Watch Series 7. Along with new rounded edges, the new smartwatch offers 20% more screen area than the Series 6, and the borders are reduced to just 1.7mm. This makes them 40% thinner than that on the Apple Watch Series 6.

To make the most of this bigger screen, Apple has made the buttons on the display larger, and it now fits 50% more text on its screen than the Series 6. If you use your Apple Watch a lot for texts, you’ll also be pleased to know the new Apple Watch Series 7 has a full keyboard on the screen to make it easier to type.

The Apple Watch Series 7 is also the brand’s most durable smartwatch. It is crack-resistant, IP6X dust resistant, and WR60 water-resistant.

There are five new colour options with the Apple Watch Series 7. These include; midnight, starlight, green, blue and Product (RED).

A nice touch is that the Apple Watch Series 7 offers backward compatibility with previously released Apple Watch bands. So if you upgrade from your Apple Watch Series 6 or Apple Watch SE, you can still use any of the bands you bought for them.

Apple Watch 7: battery life

The battery life of the Apple Watch Series 7 matches that of the prior iteration and will last up to 18 hours. However, the Apple Watch Series 7 is 33% faster to charge than the Apple Watch Series 6 and will go from zero to 80% in 45 minutes.

Apple Watch 7: fitness features

All Apple Watch Series 7 devices will come with three months of free Apple Fitness+, which is Apple’s own fitness service. It currently features 11 workout types, including yoga, HIIT and Pilates. If you want something slow-paced, there are also guided meditations that come in video and audio form.

Beyond this, the Apple Watch Series 7 will have many of the same health and fitness features we are used to seeing in Apple’s smartwatches. This includes the infamous activity rings, sleep tracking and various ways to track your workouts.

If you have an iPhone but don’t want to be restricted to the Apple Watch, be sure to consider any of the devices that make up our best Android smartwatch list. 


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