Apple Watch 7 vs. Apple Watch 6: All of the Main Adjustments for Apple’s Newest Smartwatch – CNET

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With a bigger screen, a more durable design, and new color options, the Apple Watch Series 7 seems like a humble but much appreciated upgrade from the Series 6. It starts at $ 399 and on October 15 Pre-orders have already started.

Apple announced the Series 7 during its iPhone 13 Kick-off event, however some important details of the watch remain a mystery. Based on what we know, it’s clear that the Series 7 will have more than a few things in common with the Series 6 that it replaces. Here’s a closer look at how the two stack up, and you can check the table below for a snapshot of the key differences.

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Apple Watch Series 7: this is new


Apple Watch Series 7 vs. Series 6: The Biggest Changes

Apple Watch Series 7

Apple Watch Series 6

Starting price

$ 399

$ 399

Size and display

41mm / 45mm, screen always on and about 20% larger; 70% brighter indoors in always-on mode

40mm / 44mm, always active screen


IP6X dust resistance, waterproof to 50 meters

Waterproof to 50 meters

Battery life (estimated)

Up to 18 hours with 33% faster charging

Up to 18 hours


Midnight, starlight, green, blue, red (aluminum); Silver, graphite and gold (stainless steel); Space Black Titan and Titan (Apple Watch Edition)

Silver, space gray, gold, blue red (aluminum); Silver, graphite and gold (stainless steel); Space Black Titan and Titan (Apple Watch Edition)

Design: A bigger screen with a more durable construction

the Apple watch has not received an increase in screen size since then the series 4 debuted in 2018, but that will change in 2021. The Apple Watch Series 7 has a screen that, according to Apple, is nearly 20% larger than that of the Series 6 and more than 50% larger than that of the Series 3.

The bezels that frame the display of the watch are 40% smaller on the Series 7 compared to the Series 6, which helps make the screen bigger without making the device much larger overall. It’s similar to how the screens on smartphones have now gotten bigger as most of the major phone manufacturers have removed the bezels that once housed the device’s physical home buttons and cameras.

Apple also improves the screen in another way: brightness. The company claims that the display on the new smartwatch should be 70% brighter than its predecessor, but only indoors in always-on mode when the wrist is down.

The Apple Watch Series 7’s enlarged screen also means it comes in new size options: 41 millimeters and 45 millimeters. This replaces the 40mm and 44mm size options for the Series 6. Apple is also making some tweaks to the Apple Watch’s user interface to take advantage of this more spacious display.

The Apple Watch Series 7 will be the first to get a new QWERTY keyboard that lets you type on the watch more like you do on your phone. The Contour and Modular Duo dials are also being designed to better match the larger Series 7 display.

The other big way in which Apple changed the design of the Series 7 is in durability. Apple’s newest wearable is the first smartwatch with IP6X dust protection, and the glass that covers the front screen is 50% thicker than the Series 6. They’ll continue to be waterproof up to 50 meters, just like the Series 6.

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Battery life: As with the Series 6, but with faster charging

The Apple Watch Series 7 doesn’t get longer battery life, but the next best thing: faster charging. Apple says the Series 7 will continue to last up to 18 hours on a single charge like the Series 6. But it also charges up to 33% faster than its predecessor when used with a magnetic fast-charging USB-C cable.

That should make using the Series 7 more convenient as a sleep tracker as it is easier to charge the watch’s battery when you have a few minutes a day. Still, competing smartwatches like Fitbit’s can last for days on a single charge.

Colors: New surfaces for the aluminum model

Aside from the larger display, Apple is also updating the design of its smartwatch by giving it a new coat of paint. The aluminum version, which is usually the cheapest model in Apple’s product range, will be available in five new finishes: midnight, starlight, green, blue and product red.

The Starlight model appears to be a white gold finish that appears to replace the silver model, while the midnight finish appears to be a black case that is darker than the space gray it succeeded in doing. But we have to wait to see the Series 7 in person to really know what these colors look like and how they compare to the Series 6.

Green is an entirely new color option for the Apple Watch, while the Series 7 blue seems lighter than the navy blue hue Apple has for the Series 6. The red model doesn’t look too different based on Apple’s renderings, but we’ll have to wait to see the clock to know for sure.

Apple keeps the same silver, graphite, and gold options for the stainless steel variants, while the high-end version of the Apple Watch Edition Series 7 will be available in the same titanium and space black colors.

Performance and Health Features: Likely the same as the Apple Watch Series 6

Otherwise, the Apple Watch Series 7 appears to share many of the same characteristics as the Apple Watch Series 6 in terms of performance and health tracking. Apple didn’t mention anything about the Series 7 processor during its launch event, which suggests that it will likely offer similar performance to its predecessor.

We also know that the Series 7 will be equipped with an electrical heart sensor with the EKG app and the ability to measure blood oxygen levels like the Series 6. You also get the other health features from Apple like sleep monitoring, exercise tracking, and compatibility with Apple Fitness Plus. Since the Series 7 is Apple’s premium smartwatch, it’s safe to assume that it will inherit many of the features from the Series 6 that Apple didn’t focus on at its introductory event, such as an always-on altimeter.

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And of course, the Apple Watch Series 7 supports the new health and wellness features introduced with Apple’s new WatchOS 8 software updatewhich is also available for the Series 6 and other older models. These updates include improved fall detection that can detect certain types of falls caused by cycling and other types of exercise, new Pilates and Tai Chi training modes, and the ability to track breathing rate while you sleep. The Breathe app is also moving to a new Mindfulness app that includes a new Reflect mode – encouraging you to pause for a moment and think about something positive – and guided meditations for Fitness Plus subscribers.

Based on what we know about the Series 7, it should feel like a big upgrade for those replacing an older watch like the Series 3 and earlier. But since Apple makes many of its new watch features available through software updates, Series 5 or Series 6 owners can likely skip those. We’ll know more once we have the chance to try out the Apple Watch Series 7.

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