Apple Watch SE

Apple Watch SE

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Apple revealed the more affordable Apple Watch SE during the September event in 2020. The device acts as a middle ground for those who don't want an older Apple Watch Series 3 but balk at the price of the latest models. The device is pushed towards first-time buyers and children.

● Uses newer design
● S5 SiP processor
● Silver, space gray, or gold
● 40mm and 44mm sizes
● cellular available
● Starts at $279

The Apple Watch SE offers an affordable entry price with a modern design, chipset, and feature set. It takes the space between the Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch Series 3 as the perfect option for most users who want the baseline Watch experience.

Apple Watch SE Features

Display and Sensors

The Retina display returns to the Apple Watch SE, last seen in the Apple Watch Series 4. It lacks always-on features, but still has the edge-to-edge design and bright OLED colors.

Raise-to-wake returns as users will need to perform the gesture to see the display. The accelerometer, always-on altimeter, and gyroscope are the same ones found in the Apple Watch Series 6, so gestures and tracking will be just as accurate.

The Digital Crown has the same haptic feedback as the Apple Watch Series 5. The microphone and speaker are both the latest iterations as well.

Apple Watch SE has fall detection and a compass Apple Watch SE has fall detection and a compass

Apple Silicon

Apple Watch SE uses Apple's S5 system-in-package, the same used in the Apple Watch Series 5. It is the Apple Silicon used in the Apple Watch Series 5 and will provide fast performance and enable updates for years to come. The dual-core processor is two times faster than the Apple Watch Series 3.

Health sensors

Fall detection is available in this model. When a user falls, the Watch can use advanced algorithms to detect a fall based on wrist trajectory and impact acceleration. If a user is unresponsive after a fall, the Apple Watch will call emergency services after a 60-second delay.

The microphone continuously measures ambient noise to alert users to potential hearing health risks. If the decibel level gets too high, an alert will notify users and suggest they move away from the noise. Noise levels are tracked over time to determine overall hearing health.

The heart rate sensor that has been in every generation of Apple Watch is still here. Users will be alerted of abnormal heartbeats or increased heart rates. These alerts have saved many lives as they direct users to seek medical help before potential cardiac arrest or other events.

watchOS 7

New Watch faces for watchOS 7 New Watch faces for watchOS 7

Apple introduced watchOS 7 at WWDC in June 2020 and announced some new features alongside the Apple Watch SE reveal in September.

There are seven new watch face options:

  • Stripes
  • Chronograph Pro
  • GMT
  • Artist
  • Memoji
  • Count-up
  • Typograph

Along with new faces are some unique health tracking capabilities. Apple Watch SE with watchOS 7 can track a user's sleep and detect handwashing to provide a timer.

What it lacks

The Apple Watch Series 6 has blood oxygen detection, not the Apple Watch SE The Apple Watch Series 6 has blood oxygen detection, not the Apple Watch SE

The Apple Watch SE is about the features it has as much as it is about the features it lacks. Two major health features present in the latest Apple Watch are not present here— ECG and blood oxygen detection.

The ECG feature creates an electrical circuit using the heart rate sensor on the Watch and a finger placed on the Digital Crown. It then takes an electrocardiogram over 30 seconds to determine if any issues are there.

The Apple Watch Series 6 can take blood oxygen levels during use and manually by doing a 15-second reading. This information can determine how much oxygen passes into the bloodstream and indicate lung conditions and other ailments.

Users who desire either of these features should purchase an Apple Watch Series 6, rather than the Apple Watch SE.

Apple Watch SE Price

The Apple Watch SE is available in gold, silver, and space gray aluminum only. The 40mm Watch is $279, and the 44mm Watch is $309. Add $50 for a cellular model plus the cost of a monthly cellular plan. Check out the AppleInsider Price Guide to find out the latest prices and deals.


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