You’d be hard-pressed to tell the difference between the new Apple Watch and last year’s model if you put them side by side. The new casing is only one millimetre higher than the old one – 41 and 45 mm vs. 40 and 44 mm – and it takes a keen eye to tell them difference. (In the shot below, the new one is on the right.)
There are few improvements between the Series 6 and this year’s edition, save from the bigger size, some new colour options, and what Apple claims is a more sturdy device, and this incremental update isn’t for everyone.
Bigger case, much bigger display
It’s not always simple to see the difference even when the displays are turned on. By shrinking the bezels surrounding the visible area of the screen and increasing the size of the casing by just one millimetre, Apple was able to increase the display size — 396 x 484, compared to 368 x 448, or roughly 20% bigger. Because most watch faces have black backgrounds to cover the bezels, you won’t notice how much thinner the bezels are on the Apple Watch series 7 if you’re simply looking at a watch face.
This is the third Apple Watch size. The initial model was 38/42 mm, the Series 4 raised the size to 40/44 mm, and currently both sizes are 41/45 mm. It’s worth speculating whether a future Apple Watch will be available in three sizes. I’ve seen photographs of ladies with narrow wrists wearing the 41 mm. model, and it would make sense for Apple to release a smaller version to cater to individuals with smaller wrists, as well as to better reach the adolescent market. If the reported flat-edged redesign happens, we could see sizes 38/42/46 mm. next year, to accommodate all wrists.
New swipe keyboard
The larger screen also allows for the inclusion of a small keyboard for writing messages or emails. This is a swipe keyboard, which works well with common words but fails miserably with anything unusual; also, you must be comfortable using a swipe keyboard, which isn’t for everyone. You may still use your iPhone or iPad to type on the watch, but if you have one, you should use it to send messages or emails.
The new Apple Watch can charge 33 percent faster with the supplied charging puck, not with Apple’s older Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock or the more modern MagSafe Duo charger, for example. Apple claims that an 8-minute charge may give 8 hours of sleep monitoring, and that “it takes roughly 45 minutes to get from 0 to 80 percent charge,” so you can top up as needed and wear the watch nearly 24 hours a day.
Apple Watch bands
It’s worth noting that, despite speculations to the contrary, previous Apple Watch bands are still compatible. Given how many bands Apple sells, I’d shocked if this compatibility not maintained in the future; individuals who have purchased many Apple Watch bands would incredibly upset if they no longer fit.
Should you upgrade?
If you have last year’s model, there’s no need to upgrade. As there has been with the Apple Watch in prior years. However, if you’ve had an Apple Watch for two or three years, the Series 7. Is a worthwhile upgrade, with a bigger display, faster charging, and a few small modifications.