The Apple Watch Series 8 and second-generation Apple Watch SE are scheduled to launch on Friday, September 16, and ahead of schedule, the first reviews of the devices have now been shared through select media posts and YouTube channels.
Both new models are very incremental upgrades over the original Apple Watch Series 7 and Apple Watch SE.
New features for both models include the S8 chip, vehicle collision detection, and international roaming. Considering that the S8 chip has an extension Same CPU as S7 and S6 chipsThe Series 8 doesn’t have any noticeable performance improvements over the Series 7 or Series 6, but the new Apple Watch SE is up to 20% faster than the original.
The Series 8 is also equipped with a new temperature sensor to help track the current menstrual cycle, while the second-generation Apple Watch SE has new color-matched back cases and a starting price of just under $249, up from the original $279. The Series 8 starts at $399, which is unchanged from the Series 7.
Both models are overshadowed by The all-new Apple Watch UltraWhich is set to launch next Friday, September 23rd with a larger 49mm titanium case, larger screen, more durable design, customizable action button, new straps designed for outdoors, 100m water resistance, and more. The Apple Watch Ultra is priced at $799.
We’ve compiled both written reviews and videos of the new 8 Series and SE below.
the edgeVictoria Song In the new Temperature Sensing feature in Series 8 for retrospective estimates of ovulation and menstrual anomaly:
As for accuracy, it’s hard to tell, as I’ve only had the Series 8 for about a week. I don’t have the equivalent of two cycles of temperature data, and I just created a baseline. For a few nights, I have the temperature data, however, it pretty much matches what I got on the Oura Ring. For example, two nights ago, the Oura Ring said my body temperature was 0.5 degrees higher than normal, while the 8th Series said it was 0.41 degrees higher.
Song also commented on the Series 8’s battery life:
WARNING: Enabling Low Power Mode won’t magically deliver multi-day battery life, and I didn’t get the full 36 hours. With regular use without Low Power Mode, my Series 8 got about 24 hours before I needed to screw it back on to the charger. Low power mode was mostly a good way to get a little extra juice so I could get home or get me through the last mile of a long run when I forgot to charge the battery before heading out.
EngadgetCherlynn Low He confirmed that the second generation Apple Watch SE works equally well with the Series 8 since both models have the same chip:
Other than that, this year’s Watch SE actually packs the same system processor in a package (SiP) as the $400 Series 8, plus a high-gravity accelerometer that makes collision detection possible. In my time, the SE was, unsurprisingly, just as responsive as the Series 8, starting workouts and completing heart rate checks at the same time.
MobileSyrupPatrick O’Rourke He said that because the Apple Watch lacks so much competition, Apple could get away with annual incremental updates to the device:
Apple is in an interesting position with the Apple Watch. In the iOS space, there’s really no viable competition, especially when it comes to the Apple Watch app ecosystem, and even on Android, the closest is Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro. This leaves the tech giant with very little reason to push wearables forward with each new release.