03 January 2023
Apple has debuted Apple Watch Series 8 and the new Apple Watch SE as successors to its two of the best-selling smartwatches. These were announced alongside the more powerful and feature-rich Apple Watch Ultra. Let's have look at what each of these two new smartwatches brings to the table.
The Apple Watch Series 8 has a design similar to the predecessor but it has a few new things happening under the hood. It comes with the new S8 processor. The first major change is the presence of the new body temperature sensor. It is aimed at helping women get better insights into their health. The watch has one sensor on the back which is closer to your skin and another sensor just below the display.
Apple says it will track body temperature after every 5 seconds while the user is sleeping. It is claimed to be capable of detecting temperature changes as small as 0.1° C. This will essentially help women get better insights into ovulation tracking and improved period predictions. The watch will now send alerts for irregular periods which Apple says could be a sign of underlying health conditions. It further says all the data is stored in encrypted form on the watch itself.
The new Apple Watch has a 3-axis gyro sensor and a new High G-force accelerometer for crash detection. The Crash Detection feature will work only when you are driving a car. Whenever a severe car crash will be detected, it will show an alert with quick access to making an emergency call. There will be a 10-second timer after which the call will be made automatically. It will share the user's location with emergency responders and emergency contacts.
The Apple Watch Series 8 is claimed to last for up to 18 hours under normal usage. It has a new Low Power Mode that can push the battery life to up to 36 hours but at the cost of disabling some features and sensors. The smartwatch starts at $399 for the GPS variant and at $499 for the cellular variant. It will start shipping on September 16th and will be available in the following colors: Astronomy, Lunar, Metropolitan, and Modular.
The new Apple Watch SE comes with the latest S8 processor like the other new models. It is claimed to be 20% faster than the previous release. It has the Crash Detection feature but misses out on the body temperature sensor. The good thing is that it now supports international roaming.
If interested, the new Watch SE will cost you $249 for the GPS-only variant. Its cellular model starts at $299. Both these variants will start shipping September 16th.