Apple Watch Series 7
Apple has announced a new version of its wearable Apple Watch.
The Series 7 brings the first major redesign to the Apple Watch since 2018, and will be slightly larger.
The new size can fit almost 50% more text on screen, and has a keyboard to input text. It is also dust-resistant for the first time.
But manufacture of the Apple Watch Series 7 could face production delays, reported Bloomberg, which may lead to supply constraints.
Apple said the new model would be available “later this fall”, whereas the new iPad also announced today at its virtual event is available from next week.
Apple currently accounts for 47% of the global smartwatch market, according to research from CCS Insight.
The new Apple Watch iOS 8 will also be able to automatically detect bicycle rides, including e-bikes.
“At first glance the latest Apple Watch is another iterative update, but the larger screen allowing bigger virtual buttons and a full qwerty keyboard should certainly improve usability,” Leo Gebbie, principal analyst at CCS Insight said.
“I’d expected to see a bump in battery life on the Apple Watch, as owners continue to clamour for smartwatches to last longer, but Apple has decided not to deviate from its 18-hour battery life. The faster charging will be welcomed, but for those wanting to track their sleep it would be far easier to offer a battery that lasts a couple of days.
“Despite these concerns, the Apple Watch continues to sell in record numbers and dominates the smartwatch market by a distance.”
Apple has also launched a new version of its entry-level iPad. CEO Tim Cook said its iPad sales had grown by 40% in the past year.
It will be powered by the A13 chip, with 20% faster performance from its previous iteration. Apple said this was up to “three times faster than the Chromebook”.
Those cheap styles of laptop exploded in popularity last year as schools shut down during the pandemic.
The new iPad starts at $329 and has a discounted price of $299 for schools.
A new iPad mini was also launched, with USB-C functionality, Apple pencil support and no home button – using a lock button on the top for Touch ID instead.