Apple Watch Series 7 vs Series 6 - here's what has changed and what hasn't

Apple Watch Series 7 vs Series 6 - here's what has changed and what hasn't
Apple Watch Series 7 compared with Watch Series 6.Apple
  • The Apple Watch Series 7 will be available to purchase in India from October 15 onwards.
  • It is the most powerful smartwatch from Apple yet but it doesn’t come with major upgrades as compared to the Series 6.
  • Here’s a detailed look at what’s changed and what hasn’t in the Watch Series 7.
The Apple Watch Series 7 is going on sale in India from October 15 onwards. It’s currently available to pre-order from Apple’s online store, e-commerce platforms and authorised resellers. You can get the Watch Series 7 in a variety of finishes and cases with different types of straps as well.

This is Apple’s most powerful smartwatch yet and it features upgrades like a bigger screen, dust resistance, faster charging and more. But taking a deeper look at the differences between the Watch Series 7 and Series 6, it doesn’t seem like a major upgrade. We tell you what has changed and what remains the same in this detailed comparison.

What’s changed

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Bigger and brighter display

One standout change in the Apple Watch Series 7 is its screen size which is almost 20% larger than last year’s Series 6. If we compare it to the Watch Series 3 then it’s more than 50% bigger. The Watch Series 7’s display is also 70% brighter than the Series 6 when it’s indoors. You can get it in 41 mm and 45 mm case sizes.

Durable design

The Apple Watch Series 7 comes with IP6X certification which makes it dustproof. It also features the strongest front crystal ever on an Apple Watch making it crack resistant.

New keyboard

There’s a new QWERTY keyboard on the Watch Series 7 that has machine learning based word prediction, and swipe texting. The buttons on apps like calculator, stopwatch and timer have also been redesigned to take advantage of the larger display.

Faster charging

The Apple Watch Series 6 comes with 33% faster charging than the Watch Series 6. This is possible when used with a magnetic fast charging USB Type-C cable.

New finishes

Apple has added a couple of new finishes to the aluminium model of the Watch Series 7. This includes midnight, starlight, green, blue and Product Red. It also comes in silver, gold, graphite, space black and titanium finishes.

New chip

The Apple Watch Series 7 runs on the new S7 chip but it has the same 64-bit dual-core processor that is on the Series 6’s S6 chip. Apple didn’t talk about the chip during the announcement but you can expect an almost equal performance as the Series 6.

What hasn’t changed

Same display

Although a bigger and brighter display, the Watch Series 7 uses the same Always-On Retina OLED display as the Watch Series 6. It also has the same Ion-X glass display on the aluminium cases, sapphire crystal display on stainless and titanium cases.

No increase in battery life

Apple added faster charging on the Watch Series 7 but it has the same battery life which is claimed to last for up to 18 hours on a single charge.

Same health features

The Watch Series 7 also comes with the same health features which include blood oxygen monitoring, heart rate monitoring and you get the ECG app as well.


The Apple Watch Series 7 is indeed the most durable and has the biggest display so far but other than that the upgrades are quite minimal. If you’re on the Watch Series 6 or even Watch Series SE then you can hold off on upgrading to the latest generation. But those on older models like the Series 3 or 4 can definitely consider upgrading to the Watch Series 7.


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