Along with the Apple Watch Series 6, iPad Air 4th Gen and iPad 8th Gen, Apple has also announced a more affordable Apple Watch – the Apple Watch SE. It sports an expansive Retina display, S5 dual-core SiP, fall detection, emergency SOS, and more.
The Watch SE retains the same design of the Watch Series 6 with an expansive Retina display that is 30% larger than the Apple Watch Series 3 and still retains the Digital Crown. This is powered by an S5 dual-core System in Package (SiP) unlike the S6 System in Package (SiP) of the Watch Series 6. It also features a similar set of sensors as Apple Watch Series 6 – accelerometer, gyroscope, and always-on altimeter, fall detection, Emergency SOS, and international emergency calling.
Similar to the Apple Watch Series 6, the Apple Watch SE also features an always-on altimeter that shows the real-time elevation. There is support for fall detection as well that uses a custom algorithm and the latest accelerometer and gyroscope and the watch sends the user an alert after a hard fall, which can be either dismissed or used to initiate a call to emergency services, according to Apple. Further, it features a latest-gen microphone, speaker along with Bluetooth 5.0.
As for the software, the Watch SE runs on watchOS 7 that comes with 7 new watch faces including Stripes, Chronograph Pro, GMT, Artist, and there are other new features such as low-range VO2 Max, automatic handwashing detection, sleep tracking, and more. watchOS 7 also comes with Family Setup that allows children to access Emergency SOS at any time, enjoy an Activity rings experience, utilize Schooltime mode, etc.
Lastly, Apple Watch SE case is made from 100 percent recycled aluminum and also, you won’t find the AC adapter in the Apple Watch SE packaging as Apple is removing the same that could become electronic waste.
Pricing and availability
Apple Watch Series SE (GPS) is priced starting at Rs. 29,900 and the Apple Watch SE (GPS + Cellular) is priced starting at Rs. 33,900. The Solo Loop and Braided Solo Loop in (PRODUCT)RED will be available in late October and the Watch Series SE will be available soon through Apple Authorised Resellers in India.