There is no doubt that the internet was abuzz with the latest devices Apple launched during its California Streaming event on Wednesday, Sept. 15. While everyone has been swooning over the iPhone 13 series, another device is definitely not to be overlooked—the Apple Watch Series 7.
Topping its list of upgrades is its revamped always-on display, which Apple claims to be the “largest and most advanced” ever. It only differs by 1mm from last year’s Series 6, but because of its screen area that is larger by 20 percent and borders thinner by 40 percent, everything on the Series 7’s display is now more readable for wearers.
User interface is also enhanced to maximize the refurbished display. The Apple Watch Series 7 now offers two additional larger font sizes, as well as a full keyboard that you can start using by simply sliding a finger on the screen.
The Series 7’s frame has more rounded corners, while the display has a refractive edge that makes full-screen watch faces and apps appear to seamlessly connect with the curvature of the case.
On top of that, the Series 7 is what the tech giant describes as “the most durable Apple Watch ever.” According to a press release, the new wearable sports a more crack-resistant front crystal that is 50 percent thicker than that of the Series 6. It is equipped with WR50 water resistance and IP6X dust resistance, which enables it to withstand hot environments like the beach or desert.
When it comes to the fitness department, the outdoor cycling mode of the watchOS 8 provides better support for bikers, as it should automatically pause the tracker whenever you take a break. And if you’re stuck in danger, the Series 7’s fall support feature will be able to contact emergency services.
As The Verge notes, Fitness Plus is also getting some upgrades, including Pilates and the ability to do workouts with friends via SharePlay.
Like the Series 6, the Apple Watch Series 7 runs on a t8301 CPU and has an accelerometer, gyro, heart rate, barometer, always-on altimeter, compass, SpO2, VO2max for its sensors. It also offers up to 18 hours of battery life and includes a charger that charges via USB-C instead of USB-A and charges up to 33 percent faster.
The Apple Watch Series 7 comes in two sizes—41mm and 45mm—and has five colors: black, gold, blue, red, and dark green. It will start retailing at P15,990 in the coming months.