Apple Watch Series 7
MacFormat UK|December 2021
Now with a bigger, brighter display and faster charging
Rob Mead-Green

As well as more significant changes, the Series 7 also comes in new colour options.

The Series 7 benefits from improved fitness features in watchOS 8.

The bigger display has enabled Apple to make some welcome interface tweaks

From £369 (41mm); £419 (45mm) FROM Apple, apple.com/uk FEATURES 41mm or 45mm case size, Apple S7 processor, always-on Retina display, water resistant to 50m, 18 hours’ battery life, GPS, mobile connectivity options

There’s something quietly brilliant about the Apple Watch Series 7 – it does everything you want the world’s best-selling smart watch to do, but then does it just that little bit more. And that, right now, is plenty… despite the lack of headline-grabbing new features.

Pre-launch speculation is somewhat to blame, given that there were persistent rumours that the Watch Series 7 would get a radical makeover this year. That didn’t happen, but even at the launch in September it was overshadowed by the new iPhone 13 and iPad mini, and Apple remained suspiciously schtum about both Apple Watch Series 7’s actual launch date (it eventually arrived on 15 October) and whether it was going to get more powerful innards to match its pretty face. More on that in a minute.

As for the face, Apple says it’s completely re-engineered the Apple Watch Series 7’s screen to give it a 20% larger display than the Watch Series 6, with the smaller Watch Series 7’s screen increasing in screen size from 40mm to 41mm, while the larger version has a 45mm display (up from 44mm). Its bezels are now 1.7mm thin compared to the 3mm of the previous gen. Apple has also tweaked the design to make it feel smoother and more rounded, with a new refractive edge to the display that means it blends in more smoothly with the metal of the Watch case. Apple has also added two Series 7-exclusive faces to watchOS 8 – Contour and Modular Duo – to showcase that fact.

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