The new Apple Watch SE looks even more exciting than Series 8

Apple Watch SE on the wrist

The Apple Watch SE’s low price and wide range of features make it a solid choice for most people.

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The Apple Watch Series 8 It may be the tech giant’s most advanced wellness device to date, with reports from Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal citing the inclusion of a temperature sensor and Apple’s additional ambitions to expand its presence in the consumer health space.

The temperature sensor, in addition to existing features such as the ability to measure oxygen levels in the blood, has the potential to promote healthy lifestyles. There are also a lot of stories that refer to Apple Watch helped save lives. but the Apple Watch Series 6 and Series 7 It really provides more information than I personally know what to do with it. Series 8 with more health scales may be too complex for some customers.

That’s why I’m even more excited to see what’s next for Apple’s simpler and cheapest watch: the Apple Watch SE. Bloomberg reported last June that a file Apple Watch SE It could debut in 2022, which means we could see a successor to the 2020 model this fall. If you’re like me, your smartwatch is very useful for logging your workout, checking your heart rate during workouts, receiving iPhone alerts on your wrist, and sometimes making purchases with Apple Pay. The current Apple Watch SE can do all of this and more, and I look forward to seeing where it goes next.

Apple Watch SE has most of the Series 7’s best features

$399 Apple Watch Series 7Compared to the $279 SE, it’s packed with additional health features and other improvements, like blood oxygen readings, the ability to take an electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) from your wrist, a larger screen and faster charging.

These qualities make the Series 7 a more comprehensive health tracker, a better communication tool and a more useful sleep tracker. The Series 7’s more spacious screen means it can fit a full QWERTY keyboard to answer text messages, and faster charging makes it easy to dump your watch after a night of sleep tracking.

The Series 8 is expected to take a similar path, and could include a skin temperature sensor for fertility planning and other potential applications, according to Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal.

These perks may not be necessary for everyone, hence the more focused appeal of SE. Those who just want to close their activity loops and make sure they don’t miss text messages while they’re away from their phone can probably do without Oxygen readings in the bloodBigger screen and faster charging. The Apple Watch Series 7 and its predecessor feel aimed at those looking to keep a close eye on their health, especially when it comes to heart health.

The Apple Watch SE has many of Apple’s most important health and safety features even though it’s not as advanced as its more expensive siblings. While you can’t take an ECG from your wrist with the SE, the cheaper Apple Watch can still send out high and low heart rate notifications, notice arrhythmias, detect severe falls, and provide access to emergency services. If you are buying a watch for an elderly family member who may be prone to falls, this may be enough.

Newer measures such as blood oxygen readings are not always helpful. Although Apple says measurements from the Apple Watch Application of oxygen to the blood It can give you “insights about your overall wellness”, I’m not sure what to do with these readings. Since the Apple Watch is not intended for medical purposes, it’s unclear if I should be concerned if my readings are too low.

This does not mean that there is no potential. When the Series 6 was revealed in 2020, Apple announced plans to work with researchers on three separate health studies to examine how blood oxygen readings and other metrics can help manage asthma and heart rate failure as well as detect respiratory illnesses like COVID- 19. But for now, the 6 and 7 series blood oxygen reader doesn’t feel necessary. Likewise, other wearables such as those made by Garmin, Fitbit and Samsung provide blood oxygen readings that depend on the wearer to interpret them.

While I appreciate SE’s simpler approach to sanitary ware, I’d like to see Apple add at least one feature that’s currently exclusive to more expensive models: an always-on display. New Apple Watches starting with Series 5 and later (except for the SE) can keep their screens on even when the watch is idle. This makes the Apple Watch better at its primary function: telling the time.

It may not seem like a huge deal, but I appreciate being able to quickly look at the time and progress of my activity on the 7 Series without having to move my wrist or touch the watch like on the SE. It’s not as exciting or meaningful as health-related updates like the introduction of ECG monitoring in terms of where wearables are headed in the long run. But the always-on display is within easy reach during daily use, and I hope to see it on the next Apple Watch SE.

Apple Watch has matured just like iPhone

The Apple Watch has evolved to the point that annual upgrades aren’t always a major step forward, like many Iphone. For example, the Apple Watch Series 7 looked like a more refined version of Series 6. Aside from blood oxygen measurements, the Series 6 also didn’t feel different from the Series 5. This makes the case for cheaper models like the Apple Watch SE that much more compelling, especially as WatchOS updates bring new features to older models. The She owns her own Apple Watch SE In terms of performance and feel as responsive as the latest model when running the same software. You don’t need the most expensive or latest version to get a full experience, which is why Apple has kept the Series 3 in their lineup for so long.

but the Updating your Apple Watch Series 3 just got tough Because it does not have a lot of internal storage and analyzer Ming Chi Kuo expects Apple can Series 3 production stopped this year. That raises the question of how long Apple plans to support the Series 3. It also makes the Apple Watch SE more important as it likely replaces the Series 3 as the less expensive Apple Watch option.

Overall, the current SE provides the right middle ground between Series 3 and Series 7. As high-end Apple Watches become more sophisticated health trackers, the SE increasingly feels like the best choice for everyday users on tight budgets. Now that the Apple Watch SE is almost two years old, it’s time for an update.