Apple Watch release cycle: Fancy new features vs. incremental improvements
Michael Simon, writing for Macworld about the new Apple Watch Series 7:
The Apple Watch Series 7 might spur a few Series 6 and Series 5 upgraders with its larger display, but most of the people who buy one will be first-timers and older-model users. It’s the first time the Apple Watch hasn’t delivered a major feature in an annual refresh:
- Series 2: GPS, 50-meter water resistance
- Series 3: Altimeter, LTE
- Series 4: ECG, fall detection
- Series 5: Always-on display, compass
- Series 6: Sp02 Blood-oxygen sensor
But the Series 7 has a bit more screen, a couple of new colors, and faster charging. Those aren’t bad upgrades, mind you, but it’s definitely the least impressive new Apple Watch since it launched in 2015.
Having a 20% bigger display inside the same casing, on top of fast-charging (which means the watch doesn’t have to be charged overnight and can be used for sleep tracking more consistently and more comfortably) appears, to me, as a much more interesting upgrade than the Series 6’s blood-oxygen sensor.
Sure, these are not “new features” per se, and it may be less “interesting” to write about it in a news article, I get it, but they are big and important improvements over existing features: I think both of these upgrades will have a bigger impact on everyday users than an altimeter or a compass. After all, isn’t improving the user experience what Apple is all about?