IT’S nearly TIME for the new Apple Watch 7 – with an Apple announcement potentially just days away.
The top-secret device is likely just weeks away from launch, so read on for all the details about the Apple Watch 7 release date, prices, features, news, rumours and more.
The Apple Watch Series 7 will likely run on Apple’s new watchOS 8[/caption]
What is the Apple Watch 7?
The Apple Watch Series 7 is the next Apple smartwatch – or so we think.
Apple hasn’t officially confirmed any such device, but it looks all but certain that we’ll get one.
In fact, we’ve already seen a new version of watchOS, which the next smartwatch will launch with.
But we won’t find out until the official Apple Watch launch, which remains a mystery.
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Apple Watch 7 release date – when is Series 7 out?
Apple is a creature of habit, sticking to an obvious pattern for iPhone releases each year.
And with it comes new Apple Watch models too.
The big launch event always takes place in September, and generally falls early on in the month – on a Tuesday or Wednesday, typically.
This year, we’d expect Apple to unveil the iPhone 13 on Tuesday, September 14 or Wednesday, September 15.
Pre-orders will probably become available on Friday, September 17.
And the actual release date will most likely fall on Friday, September 24.
Of course, Apple could change its tack this year and completely surprise us.
Here’s every smartwatch Apple has released to date…
- Original: April 24, 2015
- Series 1 and Series 2: September 16, 2016
- Series 3: September 22, 2017
- Series 4: September 21, 2018
- Series 5: September 20, 2019
- Series 6 and Watch SE: September 18, 2020
Most insiders and leakers are pointing to Tuesday, September 14 as the big event date.
This would almost guarantee a September 24 release for the Apple Watch 7, but nothing is certain until we hear an announcement directly from Apple.
Importantly, recent reports suggest that there may be manufacturing delays for the Apple Watch 7.
This could push back the release date beyond September.
It’s unclear if the Apple Watch 7 will still be announced at the iPhone 13 event, or pushed back to a later date too.
Apple Watch 7 news and rumours
Some things about the Apple Watch 7 are a given.
For a start, it will run on the new watchOS 7 software.
This includes Portrait-style photos on your watch screen, access to smart home security cameras, a virtual car key, a redesigned Music app, a Focus mode to shut out the world, a Mindfulness app and better sleep tracking.
There’s plenty more to chew over in watchOS 7, and we’ll inevitably hear about even more features during Apple’s big event.
We’ll probably see the new Apple Watch 7 upgraded with a faster processor too.
But new features based on hardware upgrades are still unclear.
According to The Telegraph, the iPhone-maker is the largest customer of UK firm Rockley Photonics, which is developing “Doctor on a wrist” sensors.
Those sensors beam infrared light through the skin to take readings of blood-related health metrics, including sugar and alcohol content.
Currently, the only way to accurately take these measurements is through blood samples.
Coupled with the pricey Apple Watch, the technology could allow users to track how sloshed they are in real-time.
Existing sensors on Apple’s wearable devices use infrared to measure heart rate and blood oxygen levels through the wrist.
Rockley has previously said that its next-generation technology could make its way into smartwatches as early as 2022.
That would line up with the release of the Apple Watch Series 8, which is slated for release next summer.
As well as blood sugar and alcohol, Rockley sensors can take readings of blood pressure, according to the company.
Combined with the advice of a medical professional, keeping track of blood pressure could help users spot the early signs of heart disease.
Regular blood glucose readings, on the other hands, could assist in the diagnosis of diabetes.
Apple has not confirmed that it intends to incorporate Rockley’s technology into its smartwatch range.
The world’s most valuable company’s involvement with the UK start-up was revealed by legal filings unearthed by The Telegraph.
Rockley, which has offices in Oxford, Cardiff and Silicon Valley, is preparing to become a publicly traded company.
The company called Apple its biggest customer in listing documents filed in New York.
The Apple Watch 6 – launched last year – can read blood oxygen levels and check your heart rhythm and heart rate.
The latest smartwatches from Samsung, the Galaxy Watch3 and Galaxy Watch Active2, can monitor your blood pressure.
However, to do so they must be calibrated with a traditional blood pressure measuring cuff.
Apple Watch 7 price – how much will it cost?
We don’t know exactly how much the Apple Watch 7 will cost.
But it’s likely Apple will stick to a similar pricing structure we’ve seen on the current model.
That means you’ll pay £379 in the UK or $399 in the US.
It’s possible that the price could be slightly out compared to Series 6 mark-ups – though anything more than a £50/$50 difference seems unlikely.
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