Apple Watch Series 8 and SE: Where to Pre-Order

Apple updated its Apple Watch line on September 7th with the expected Apple Watch Series 8 and SE models that are decent (but not earth-shattering) upgrades compared to last year’s models.

The Apple Watch Series 8 breaks new ground with skin temperature readings, women’s health tracking, new motion sensors, increased battery life, and international roaming for cellular models. Here’s what you need to know about the latest Apple watches – and where you can get your hands on them.

Where to Preorder Apple Watch Series 8 and SE

apple watch series 8 And Apple Watch SE Now available to order at the Apple Store. The Series 8 starts at $399 for the GPS version and $499 for the cellular version, and the SE starts at $249 for the GPS version and $299 for the cellular. Shipping of both will start from September 16. Both watches include three months free Apple Fitness+,

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• Apple Watch SE (from $249) Apple,

Major updates for women’s health, overall safety and battery life

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Apple says the two temp sensors – one on the bottom for the skin and one on the top for the air temperature – allow an accurate body temperature reading to within 0.1°C. Wearing a watch at night will reveal a biphasic shift, which is often an indicator of hormone shifts and ovulation. The company says that all this data allows your watch to retrospectively estimate the date of your ovulation. This is a big deal for family planning.

Women have been able to track menstrual cycles on Apple Watches for some time now, but this is the first time Apple has allowed an estimated ovulation date. There are already several apps available to do this, but given the current politics of reproductive health in the United States, some women have privacy concerns about how that data is stored on servers.

Apple is sensitive to those concerns. The company says the women’s bicycle data will be encrypted on the watch itself and will only be accessible via passcode, Face ID or Touch ID. If you sync with iCloud, it will use end-to-end data encryption. Apple insisted that no one else but you would be able to unlock the data.

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Other new sensors include a beefed-up accelerometer, barometer and microphone that Apple says can detect car accidents. If it detects a sudden change in velocity (up to 256 gees), air pressure (from airbag inflation) and crash sounds, it will offer to call 911, send your location, and call your emergency contacts. This is a natural evolution of the Apple Watch’s fall detection.

And, hallelujah, the Apple Watch now has extended battery life. Apple says the new Series 8 (starting at $399 for GPS and $499 for cellular) and SE ($249/$299) will get 18 hours on a full charge — and, thanks to a new Low Power mode , Up to 36 hours of battery life. The new Low Power mode is more capable than the existing Low Power mode, which turns off almost everything. The new mode uses new battery-squeezing algorithms that only turn off the most power-hungry functions, such as an always-on display and autodetection of workouts.

Finally, the Apple Watch Series 8 cellular model includes international data roaming (for free or at a reduced cost, Apple claims), making it all the more useful now that people are traveling internationally again.

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Except for the temp sensor, blood oxygen, electrocardiogram readings and an always-on display, the SE model offers much the same as the Series 8. It’s also a hair shorter (44mm and 40mm faces compared to the Series 8’s 45mm and 41mm).

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There are no major upgrades compared to the Series 8 and SE, except for the women’s health features apple watch series 7 either 2020 Apple Watch SE, The new watchOS 9 offers a number of new features, but they will extend to many previous models, so you’ll get about 90% of the new functionality anyway.

But these are good upgrades if you are a first-time smartwatch or have an Apple Watch Series 4 or earlier. The SE is a great starter watch for kids or those who don’t need a lot of health data. The Series 8 women’s health features look great for those who want to take control of their reproductive health while maintaining their privacy.

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