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Apple Watch Series 8: UK pricing, specs and how to buy today

After months of speculation and predictions, the Apple Watch Series 8 was announced at this year's Apple event. Here’s everything you need to know, and how you can get your hands on one today.

Apple Watch Series 8
Published: Friday, 16th September 2022 at 9:55 am

The Apple Watch Series 8 has finally been officially announced at Apple's Far Out event last week.

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After months of the RadioTimes.com team following the speculation and rumours surrounding the Apple Watch 8 (and not to mention the countless supposed leaks), we’re excited it’s been confirmed.

The Apple Watch Series 8 was revealed alongside other highly-anticipated devices. Why not check out the iPhone 14 UK release date, AirPods Pro 2022 UK release date, and the brand-new Apple Watch Ultra UK release date?

But what makes this watch different to the Apple Watch Series 7? How much will the new smartwatch cost? And when will it be released? We're discussing all that and more here.

The latest iteration of Apple smartwatches, the Apple Watch 8, was revealed at Apple’s annual phone and watch unveiling event earlier this month. It follows on from the Apple Watch Series 7, which landed late last year and scored an impressive 4.3 stars in our Apple Watch 7 review.

Here's everything we know about the Apple Watch Series 8.

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Apple Watch 8 UK release date

The Apple Watch Series 8 was available to pre-order from Friday 9th September, and it's now available to purchase today (Friday 16th September).

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Apple Watch 8 UK price and availability

The Apple Watch Series 8 starts at £419, and it's available to buy right now at a number of UK retailers such as:

Apple Watch 8 specs at a glance

During the Apple event, we were keen to hear about how Apple is planning on improving the formula across its wearables and smartphones. Apple always makes some, albeit minor, improvements to each generation, so the Series 8 will be even better than the already great Series 7.

  • Wrist temperature sensor
  • Always-on Retina display
  • Crash detection
  • An all-day battery life (18 hours)
  • A new low-power mode for over 30 hours of battery life

Buy Apple Watch Series 8 from £419 at Currys

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Buy Apple Watch Series 8 from £419 at John Lewis

Apple Watch 8 design

Apple Watch Series 8

While there are subtle changes to the packaging design, the Apple Watch Series 8 very much echoes that of the Apple Watch Series 7.

The Apple Watch Series 8 comes in recycled aluminium available in four colours; Blue, Starlight, Midnight and (PRODUCT)RED. There are also Hermes and Nike bands for those who want something a bit special.

Buy Apple Watch Series 8 from £419 at Currys

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Buy Apple Watch Series 8 from £419 at AO

Buy Apple Watch Series 8 from £419 at John Lewis

Apple Watch 8 battery life

Let's compare the Apple Watch Series 8's battery life with that of its predecessor. The Apple Watch Series 7 retained the 18-hour battery life of its prior model. Apple describes this as an "all-day battery life".

What is new for the Apple Watch 8 is the new low-power mode. Low power mode will extend your battery life to over 30 hours while keeping emergency features like the new crash detection mode on.

Buy Apple Watch Series 8 from £419 at Currys

Buy Apple Watch Series 8 from £419 at Very

Buy Apple Watch Series 8 from £419 at AO

Buy Apple Watch Series 8 from £419 at John Lewis

Apple Watch 7 deals

If you're unbothered about the latest release, now is a great time to buy the Apple Watch Series 7 at a more affordable price.

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For more on the latest Apple releases, head to our iPhone 14 UK release date page. For more on its competition, take a look at our Technology section or our best smartwatch recommendation.

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