Apple Watch SE
The Apple Watch SE starts at $279 and includes the same form factor as the Apple Watch Series 4/5/6. It includes Apple’s S5 processor and is available in GPS and cellular models.
The Apple Watch SE combines the power of Apple Watch Series 6 with features from Series 5 and Series 4. With a lower price than the current generation of Apple’s smartwatch, the SE can also be a great option for kids or older family members without an iPhone.
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The Apple Watch was first introduced in 2015 and quickly became the best-selling wearable device of the year, reportedly selling 4.2 million units in Q2 2015. When the company introduced the Apple Watch Series 2 later in 2016, Apple labeled the original Apple Watch as “Series 0” while bringing an updated chip with “Series 1” and a brand new “Series 2” Watch.
It was only in 2020 that Apple introduced a different brand for the Apple Watch with the Apple Watch SE, combining the Series 6 processor, the Series 4 design, and some Series 5 features. According to Apple:
“This Watch combines elements of the Series 6 design with the most essential features of Apple Watch, all at a more affordable price,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer, in the September of 2020 keynote.
Apple Watch SE Specs and Features
The Apple Watch SE is available in Aluminum with 40mm or 44mm cases in Silver, Space Gray, and Gold. The Retina display is 30% larger than Series 3, so you can see more and use all the latest watch faces and complications. This Apple Watch features:
- The second-generation optical heart sensor
- Dual-core S5 chip, twice as faster than the S3 processor
- Digital Crown with haptic feedback
- Always-On Altimeter
- The second-generation speaker and mic.
Apple Watch SE can withstand up to 50m of water and notifies about high and low heart rate and irregular heart rhythm. With International emergency calling and fall detection, the Apple Watch can also help in times of emergency.
You can choose between the GPS model or the GPS + Cellular. Both versions have an “all-day battery” of up to 18 hours.
With watchOS 7, users can take advantage of powerful new features, including Family Setup, which allows kids or older family members without an iPhone to enjoy Apple Watch. There’s also sleep tracking, automatic handwashing detection, and new workouts. With watchOS 7.4, it will be possible to unlock your iPhone with the Apple Watch.
The Apple Watch SE runs the watchOS 7.4. With watchOS 7, Apple introduced new features to the Watch, for example:
- Family Setup: you can pair watches for children and older family members to your iPhone
- New Watch Faces: there’s a new Memoji Watch Face and more
- Face Sharing: share faces you created by texting, emailing, or posting a link online
- Sleep app: when you go to bed, the Watch automatically turns on Do Not Disturb and keeps your screen from waking
- Fitness: with more workouts added
With watchOS 7.4, Apple introduced iPhone mask unlock feature for Apple Watch and Brough support for the ECG app and irregular heart rhythm notifications to Australia and Vietnam.
The Apple Watch SE pricing starts at $279 on the 40mm model with GPS only and a Solo Loop band. The prices can go up to $359 with the 44mm version with GPS+ Cellular. In fact, the Apple Watch can be a lot pricier depending on your band’s choice.
- 40mm with GPS: $279
- 40mm with GPS + Cellular: $329
- 44mm with GPS: $309
- 44mm with GPS + Cellular: $359
Lower prices may be available from Apple’s official Amazon store.
Apple Watch SE Review
In our review, the Apple Watch SE is a great option if you’re coming from an Apple Watch Series 1, Series 2, or Series 3:
If you’re coming from an Apple Watch Series 3 or below it’s a simple choice: upgrade. You’ll get a much, much faster watch, a larger case with a larger display, better speakers and microphone, and so much more. Plus you’ll be able to take advantage of all of the great new enhancements that watchOS 7 and future upgrades of watchOS bring to the table. In my opinion, it’s a no-brainer decision to upgrade to either an SE or Series 6 if you’re coming from an Apple Watch Series 1, 2, or 3.
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