Apple introduced the brand newalongside the iPhone 13 and new iPads again on September 14, however it’s solely simply change into out there for preordering. The brand new watch, which hits retailer cabinets on October 15 and begins at $399, boasts a bigger display screen (41mm and 45mm sizes, every 1mm bigger than Collection 6 fashions) and a extra sturdy body with IP6X mud resistance. It’s going to additionally characteristic sooner charging for many who need to use the Apple Look ahead to sleep monitoring, so you possibly can cost it when you’re within the bathe and know you could have sufficient battery to make it via the day.
As of Friday morning, Apple’s website feels an enormous sluggish, however it seems to be dealing with the preorder pressure. You can even order via Apple’s cell app, and hunt down licensed Apple retailers like Greatest Purchase, Goal and extra.
When is the Apple Watch available to preorder?
Apple opened Watch Series 7 preorders on Friday, Oct.8, soon after 5 a.m. PT (8 a.m. ET, 1 p.m. BST). All versions of the Apple Watch will be available to preorder at the same time, using the same checkout system on either the website or the Apple Store app on your phone.
The Apple Watch Series 7 will start shipping on the following Friday, Oct. 15. If you’re able to order early, you’ll get your watch on the 15th. The longer your preorder takes, the further out your delivery will be.
How much does Apple Watch Series 7 cost?
Apple had previously announced that the Series 7 would start at $399, but now that preorders have started, the pricing for the full line have been fully revealed. By and large, the pricing model from last year’s Series 6 remains intact:
- Apple Watch Series 7 (aluminum): Starts at $399
- Apple Watch Series 7 (aluminum): Starts at $699
- Apple Watch Series 7 (titanium): Starts at $799
- Apple Watch Series 7 (Nike): Starts at $399
- Apple Watch Series 7 (Hermès): Starts at $1,249
For each of those, add $30 when jumping to the 45mm size, and $100 when jumping to a cellular model (which will also require a monthly wireless plan if you want to access services and make calls outside of Wi-Fi hotspots).
Can you purchase the Apple Watch anywhere besides the Apple Store?
Yes. Now that preorders have opened, you can preorder the Apple Watch Series 7 at authorized Apple retailers including Best Buy, Target and Walmart. As of October 15, the new watch will also be available in those stores.
Will my old bands and accessories still work?
For the most part, yes. Despite the larger screen size, the Series 7 is designed to be backwards compatible with existing watch bands from earlier models. It should also work with older chargers, though they won’t charge it as quickly as the newer one that comes in the box with the Series 7. That one will charge up to 33% faster than Series 6 models, according to Apple.
While it’s frequently seen as the “base model” Apple Watch, it’s also the version with the most colors available. And with Apple’s promise that Series 7 is the most durable Watch to date there’s an even lower chance the softer metal would take any serious damage during your ownership of it. It’s also nice that anyone upgrading from a previous Apple Watch to this new model can bring their favorite strap with them to this new Apple Watch.
The aluminum Apple Watch Series 7 will be available in Product Red, midnight (black), starlight (silver), green and blue.
If Apple is promising an even more durable body with the Aluminum model, why pay extra for the stainless steel body? This upgrade is actually more than a status symbol. Stainless steel is considerably more durable than aluminum, so if you work or play harder than most this design will keep you from developing scratches on the body long term. It’s a must-have option for people who want an Apple Watch but need something a little sturdier than the average user, on top of looking smart in more formal settings.
The stainless steel Apple Watch Series 7 is available in silver, graphite and gold colors.
While it’s true that titanium is stronger and conducts heat better than stainless steel, so it is technically possible for the titanium body of the Apple Watch to survive more damage and run slightly cooler than its counterparts, the differences would be almost undetectable on something this size. Instead, you get the titanium body Apple Watch because it looks like nothing else, and feel like you have a classic timepiece on your wrist. But if the technical benefits help you justify the added cost, go for it.
The titanium Apple Watch Series 7 is available in natural (gray) and space black colors.
While the physical body and internal mechanics are all exactly the same as the aluminum Apple Watch Series 7 listed above, the Nike Edition features one of several custom Nike-themed fitness bands and access to fitness software and watch faces exclusive to this model in partnership with Nike. So if the Apple Watch is all about fitness for you and you love Nike products, this is the one to get.
The Nike Apple Watch Series 7 is available in silver and space gray colors.
While the stainless steel body of this model is the same on any stainless steel Apple Watch Series 7, the Hermès version stands out in other ways. This version of the Apple Watch comes with one of several hand-crafted leather straps made by Hermès, as well as several custom watch faces with the Hermès logo on the face. These versions of the Apple Watch are fashion statements through and through, so at a minimum you’ll want to consider swapping straps before starting a workout.