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Apple Watch 7 vs 6 and earlier: In-depth comparison

The Apple Watch Series 7 may seem to offer minimal updates at first glance, but depending on which version you’re upgrading from, it can offer some big improvements. Read on for Apple Watch 7 and Apple Watch 6 and earlier.

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Since the Apple Watch isn’t necessarily a purchase every year for customers, we’ve included everything from the Series 6 all the way to the Series 3 to give the best perspective on the differences between all the recent models.

Apple Watch 7 vs. Apple Watch 6 and earlier

Processor and Storage

Interestingly, Apple appears to be using the same 64-bit dual-core processor in the Series 7 that was launched in the Series 6. It calls the SiP “S7” but the processor is the same.

Notably, Apple did not talk about the Series 7 processor during its announcement. While we shouldn’t expect a speed bump from the Series 6 to 7, if you’re coming from earlier Apple Watch models, you’ll almost certainly notice a faster, more responsive watch.

Another benefit, if you’re coming from Series 3 or 4 through 7, is a jump in storage to 32GB.

Series 7 6 I know 5 4 3
SiP / processor S7 SiP 64-bit Dual Core Processor Dual core S6 SiP 64-bit processor S5 SiP 64-bit Dual Core Processor S5 SiP 64-bit Dual Core Processor S4 SiP 64-bit Dual Core Processor Dual Core S3 SiP
U1 (ultra wideband)
storage 32 GB 32 GB 32 GB 32 GB 16 GB 8 GB

Status and display

Apple Watch 7 vs Series 6, Previously - Case and Display

Two of the major changes to the Apple Watch Series 7 are a slightly larger 45 and 41 mm case and a larger screen. It’s 20% larger than the Series 4-6 / SE and 50% larger than the Series 3 screen.

And you don’t have to worry about straps, all previous Apple Watch straps fit the Series 7.

Series 7 6 I know 5 4 3
Case size 45/41 mm 44/40 mm 44/40 mm 44/40 mm 44/40 mm 42/38 mm
display size 50% greater than Series 3 (20% greater than Series 6 etc.) 30% larger than Series 3 30% larger than Series 3 30% larger than Series 3 30% larger than Series 3 563 sq mm
always on screen

Another consideration is that you’ll get the always-on display if you’re coming from a Series 3, 4, or SE.

Battery and charging

Apple Watch Series 7 comparison - battery life and charging

Another improvement with the Apple Watch 7 compared to its predecessors is 33% faster charging. This means going from 0-80% in 45 instead of about 60 minutes for other models.

If you’re interested in using your Apple Watch Series 7 to track sleep, you’ll also get 8 hours of use for 8 minutes of charging.

Series 7 6 I know 5 4 3
Battery life up to 18 hours up to 18 hours up to 18 hours up to 18 hours up to 18 hours up to 18 hours
Shipping 0-80% in 45 minutes + 8 minutes charging = 8 hours sleep tracking 0-80% in about 60 minutes 0-80% in about 60 minutes 0-80% in about 60 minutes 0-80% in about 60 minutes 0-80% in about 60 minutes

However, there is no improvement in the overall battery life, it is still the same, up to 18 hours.

Feature guides

Apple Watch Series 7 Comparison - Key Features

Here’s a look at some of the key features you get with the Apple Watch 7 versus previous models.

Series 7 6 I know 5 4 3
ECG application
blood oxygen application
High/low heart rate notifications
Water resistant to a depth of 50 metres
sleep tracking
fall detection
Emergency SOS

price

The Apple Watch Series 7 starts at $399, the same price as the Series 6. The $279 Apple Watch SE is still in the lineup, with the Series 3 staying for another season at the $199 entry price.

At this point, Apple hasn’t shared an official Series 7 launch date other than “later this fall.”

Apple Watch 7 vs Series 6 and the previous wrap up

Apple Watch 7 vs Series 6 and earlier - Conclusion

While the Apple Watch Series 7 may seem closer to the Series 6S overall, if you’re considering upgrading from the Series 3, 4, or SE, you’ll get a bigger screen than ever, an always-on display, faster charging, and all the available health features.

For more details, check out our guide on color comparisons, ranges, and more.

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