Apple Watch 7 vs. Apple Watch 6 – Which is better?

Apple announced their new line of iPhones and Watch 7 in their Apple event on 14 Sept 2021. As per that event, the new Apple Watch Series 7 is set to release later this fall. Since according to some previous reports, it was delayed due to some manufacturing difficulties, but now those issues have been resolved, and it will be available in the last window of 2021.

There’s no doubt that the Apple Watch 7 will likely take over the tag of best smartwatch, but are there are any major changes as compared to the previous Apple watch 6? Well, in this article, we are going to compare both these watches and will see how this new Apple Watch 7 is different than the previous series.

Although this Apple Watch 7 vs. Apple Watch 6 cannot be carried out in-depth, since the former is yet to be released, but we will be comparing the expected changes mentioned in the Apple event.

So, without further ado, let’s get started.

Apple Watch 7 vs. Apple Watch 6: Specifications

Specifications/Features Apple Watch 7 (Expected)

(Aluminum)

Apple Watch Series 6

(Aluminum)

Colors Starlight, Midnight, Blue, Green, Red Silver, Gold, Space Gray, Blue, Red
Build Glass front, ceramic/sapphire crystal back, aluminum frame Glass front, ceramic/sapphire crystal back, aluminum frame
Sizes 40mm & 44mm 41mm & 45mm
SIM Yes eSIM
Water-resistant 50m 50m
Display Type Retina LTPO OLED, 1000 nits (peak) Retina LTPO OLED, 1000 nits (peak)
Display Size 1.78-inches
Resolution 448 x 368 pixels (~326 PPI density) 448 x 368 pixels (~326 PPI density)
Protection type Ion-X strengthened glass Ion-X strengthened glass
OS WatchOS 8.0 Watch OS 7.0, upgradable to 8.0
Chipset Apple S7 Apple S6
WLAN/Bluetooth Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, dual-band & 5.0, A2DP, LE Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, dual-band & 5.0, A2DP, LE
ECG certified Yes Yes
Sensors Heart rate (3rd gen), Barometer, Accelerometer, Gyro, Compass, SpO2, VO2max, Always-on altimeter Heart rate (3rd gen), Barometer, Accelerometer, Gyro, Compass, SpO2, VO2max, Always-on altimeter
Storage/RAM 32GB/1GB 32GB/1GB
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS
Battery Li-Ion, non-removable, Wireless charging & 18 hours of usage. 33% faster charging Li-Ion 303.8 mAh (1.17 Wh), non-removable, Wireless charging & 18 hours of usage

 

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Apple Watch Series 7 vs Apple Watch Series 6: Styles, Colors, Design

Apple Watch Series 7 is yet to be released in the last quarter of this year, but it is expected to have almost the same dimensions, styles, with a little change in case sizes (41mm and 45mm), and 3 new colors (Midnight, Green, starlight) as compared to Apple Watch Series 6.

The actual design of the Apple watch has never been changed in ages, and it looks like they are sticking with the same design in the latest Series 7 since the rumors about it being flat-edged are not true whatsoever. However, there is some sort of curviness in the Watch 7 as compared to Watch 6 or its predecessors, which we will have to wait and see for ourselves.

Apple Watch Series 7 vs Apple Watch Series 6: Display

Although there are not many changes in the design of Watch 7 as compared to Watch 6, the display of it is the main deal here. Series 7 comes with a 20% bigger display than Series 6, and a 50% bigger display than Series 3, which is quite a change, to say the least.

You must be thinking that if Apple went on giving bigger displays, then Watch 7 might have the increased size or expanded dimensions than Watch 6 as well, but that’s not the case here. Apple re-engineered it so perfectly, by decreasing the borders by 40% and a thinner 1.7mm bezel, watch 7 has a 20% bigger display in almost the same size and dimensions.

Along with this Apple claims that Watch 7 will have a 70% brighter display than Series 6, which might come in handy in reading under direct sunlight.

Apple Watch 7 vs Apple Watch: Features

Apple Watch 7 is coming with almost the same features as of Apple Watch 6, which is probably bad news for fitness enthusiasts. Since every Apple watch used to come with at least one new feature or some upgradation. At this point Watch, 7 will only offer the changes which are coming along with watchOS 8, as Apple is going with the same processor as Apple 6 as well.

Since the big difference between Apple Watch 7 and Watch 6 is the display size, so it will make texting a lot easier. As the full-screen display is perfect for typing, this would make the Apple watch 7 the best texting smartwatch.

Both these watches offer 50m water resistance, which is more than enough for taking it to swim, shower, and light diving. That said, watch 7 has now IP6X certifications, which makes it durable than ever for outdoor adventures and trips.

Apple Watch 7 vs. Apple Watch 6: Battery life

One thing that Apple has not been able to deliver in this watch series all along is the change in battery life. To our surprise, the watch 7 comes with the same old 18-hour battery life just like watch 6 and watch 5, which should have been made better.

The only change in this regard here is that now you can charge 33% faster than the Watch 6. The new USB-C cord is sharp enough to give 80% charging in 45 minutes instead of 60 minutes. Along with this, only 8 minutes of charging will be enough to monitor 8 hours of sleep, which is something to cheer for here.

Apple Watch 7 vs. Apple Watch 6: Who’s the winner?

Since Watch 7 hasn’t been released yet, so it would be too early to call a winner here. But should you upgrade from watch 6 to watch 7 for new features? No.

If you already have Watch 6, there’s no need for you to upgrade it to watch 7, as there are no big changes except for the larger display, thinner bezel, and fast charging.

However, if you’re coming from the older series; Watch 4, or Watch 5, then you will notice a considerable number of changes in features, display, processing, and it would it be a whole another experience for you.

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