The Apple Watch Series 8 and second-generation Apple Watch SE will launch this Friday, September 16, and in anticipation, the first reviews of the devices have now been shared in select media posts and YouTube channels.
Both of these new models are very incremental updates compared to the Apple Watch Series 7 and the original Apple Watch SE.
New features for both models include the S8 chip, car accident detection, and international roaming. Since the S8 chip features the same CPU as S7 and S6 chipsSeries 8 doesn’t have noticeable performance improvements compared to 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 with the existing menstrual cycle tracking feature, while the second-generation Apple Watch SE has new color-matched back covers and a lower starting price of $249. compared to $279 for the original. Pricing for the Series 8 starts at $399, which is unchanged from the Series 7.
Both models are dwarfed by the the new Apple Watch Ultra, launching this coming Friday, September 23 with a larger 49mm titanium case, larger display, stronger design, customizable action button, new outdoor-designed bands, water resistance to a depth of 100 meters and more. Apple Watch Ultra is priced at $799.
Below, we’ve rounded up written and video reviews of the Series 8 and the new SE.
the edgevictory song About the new Series 8 temperature detection function for retrospective estimates of ovulation and menstrual cycle deviation:
As for accuracy, that’s a bit hard to say, as I’ve only had the Series 8 for about a week. I don’t have temperature data from two cycles, and I just established a baseline. However, for the few nights that I do have temperature data, it largely corresponds to what I got on my Oura Ring. For example, two nights ago, Oura Ring said my body temperature was 0.5 degrees higher than normal, while the Series 8 said it was 0.41 degrees higher.
Song also commented on the Series 8’s battery life:
Fair warning: Enabling Low Power Mode won’t magically make the battery last several days, and I never got the full 36 hours. With regular use without low power mode, my Series 8 went around 24 hours before I had to put it back on a charger. The low power mode was mostly a good way to get a little extra power to get me home or to get me through the last mile of a long run when I forgot to recharge the battery before heading out.
Take partby Cherlynn Low confirmed that the second-generation Apple Watch SE works the same as the Series 8 since both models have the same chip:
Otherwise, this year’s Watch SE packs the same system-in-a-package (SiP) processor as the $400 Series 8, as well as a high-g accelerometer that makes fault detection possible. In my time with it, unsurprisingly, the SE has been just as responsive as the Series 8, launching workouts and completing heart rate scans in the same amount of time.
mobile syrupby Patrick O’Rourke said that since the Apple Watch lacks significant competition, Apple can get away with incremental updates to the device year after year:
Apple is in an interesting position with its 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 really push the wearable with each new release.