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Apple Watch Series 7 Mileage may vary

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Is the Apple Watch Series 7 worth upgrading from previous models? With only minimal changes to appearance and battery life still an issue, only the most hardcore Apple enthusiasts might want to consider upgrading. (Photos: Handouts from Apple)
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AMMAN — Earlier this year, Apple released their 13th iPhone model, with many reviews stating that the phone is much of the same we saw in the 12th model, bar some minor upgrades to systems that would rarely encourage an upgrade. اضافة اعلان

As of late, Apple has seen a decline in the degree to which the company has innovated on past products, choosing to stick to their yearly release schedules rather than delay said schedules in exchange for better innovation. 

On October 15, the Apple Watch Series 7 was released, and many of those who have been on the fence about Apple’s watches are left wondering — is it worth the JD405 price tag? Meanwhile, those that already own a series 4, 5, 6, or SE version of the watch were found asking themselves whether or not the upgrade is even worth it. 

So what’s new? 

In short: not an awful lot. 

Apple’s Series 7 Watch comes with a slightly bigger screen, which measures about 20 percent larger than its predecessor model. However, when talking about size on such a small scale, 20 percent may not exactly seem like large enough upgrade. 

In terms of bulkiness however, the Series 7 only increased in 1mm overall, something that most were relieved to hear as a 20 percent bump in the overall size of a screen was believed to have led to a significant increase in overall weight and size of the smart watch. 

For those that have never owned an Apple Watch, you will be glad to know that voice dictation is built into the Series 5 and up, meaning that if you’ve never owned a watch before and are looking for communicating via messages, an older Series Apple Watch would perform just as well as the Series 7. 

However, what the Series 7 does add to its feature list is an almost-functional keyboard that can be used to type out messages and reply to emails. While this isn’t very intuitive, as multiple reviewers have found that even the most basic sentences are difficult to type on a keyboard the size of your thumb, its swipe-to-type function was found to be serviceable at best. The most efficient mode of communication using the Apple Watch still remains voice dictation. 


Is the Apple Watch Series 7 worth upgrading from previous models? With only minimal changes to appearance and battery life still an issue, only the most hardcore Apple enthusiasts might want to consider upgrading. (Photos: Handouts from Apple)

The screen also feels much thicker in contrast to the previous Series watches — this is in part due to the increased durability of the watch, according to Apple. Additionally, the screen has an increased refraction rate, meaning that glancing at your watch at more extreme angles will still enable you to read what is on the screen. 

Additionally, the Series 7 has an improved dust-protection system that protects your device’s smallest cracks from getting filled with dust particles that would clog up the edges of the screen — something that previous model’s users may indeed find to be a significant benefit as the Series 5 and 6 were known to have this issue. 

In terms of lightning, the Series 7 improves its graphical display by making it almost twice as bright as its predecessors, meaning that in highly lit areas, users are less likely to be subject to glare from the watch. While this does act as an improvement over its previous models, the battery life does take a slight hit as a result. 

Speaking of the battery; it’s almost identical to its previous models, clocking in around 18 total hours of life before the watch requires a recharge. Users online have stated that when using the watch for extensive periods of time throughout the day in order to reply to messages or view content on their device, they could see battery lifespan drop as low as 10 hours. 

However, there is a silver lining to the battery issue — with the new USBC port made accessible on the Series 7, it is now possible to hyper-charge your Apple Watch from 0 percent to 100 percent in just over 70 minutes. This means that if you plan to use Series 7 to track sleep cycles and oxygen levels throughout your nights, you can almost entirely charge your phone’s battery during your average morning routine in order to get back on track without missing out on too much time. 

Is it worth it? 

Taking previous Series watches into consideration, along with the SE Apple Watch, it truly depends on how you plan to use the smart-watch for your day-to-day activities. 

If you’re simply looking to stream some music, stay aware of incoming emails and messages, and check the time occasionally, we would argue that it’s best to potentially stick to the Series 5 or 6 for the time being as they are significantly cheaper than the Series 7. 



Is the Apple Watch Series 7 worth upgrading from previous models? With only minimal changes to appearance and battery life still an issue, only the most hardcore Apple enthusiasts might want to consider upgrading. (Photos: Handouts from Apple)

The SE model is closer to watch than smart-watch, so if you’re simply an enthusiast of the glossy screen aesthetic, the SE model might indeed be the way to go (it is also almost half the price of the Series 7). In fact, Apple and many online stores are still selling either brand new or refurbished models of the Series 4 and up, all of which are strong contenders to the Series 7 considering that the upgrades to the latest model; as stated, are relatively lackluster. 

However, if you’re an Apple nut, you don’t mind the extra expense, and you do indeed look to maximize the utility provided by the larger screen, the Series 7 might actually be a worthwhile upgrade for you. However, it has to be stated yet again, battery life is still one of the key problems that Apple Watch users are running into. Thus, if you plan on frequently using the watch for communication, your mileage may vary. 


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