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Apple Watch series 7: When can you pre-order the new wearable in the UK?

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Apple is famously secretive about its upcoming launches  (iStock/The Independent)
Apple is famously secretive about its upcoming launches (iStock/The Independent)

Apple held one of its famous product launch events on September 14, where it announced the new iPhone 13, as well as its latest smartwatch, called the Watch series 7.

The event, broadcast from Apple’s Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California, is called California Streaming and comes a year after the launch of the iPhone 12 and Watch series 6.

Apple unveiled a totally new design for its Watch, featuring a vastly bigger screen, 40 per cent thinner borders on the edge of the display, as well as an improved display so it can be brighter while indoors.

There’s also the introduction of a keyboard on the Watch for the first time and a series of new faces designed for the new display, while the edges of it remain curved.

Apple also said its made the watch more durable with added software options for people on bikes, including support for ebikes. The charging experience has also been improved with the company claiming just eight minutes of charge can allow for eight hours of sleep tracking.

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The new Watch will be available in aluminium, steel and titanium versions with a range of colour options.

When can you pre-order the Apple Watch series 7 in the UK?

Usually, we can expect Apple to confirm a pre-order and release date with the announcement of a new product. This time, Apple simply said the Watch series 7 would be available “later this fall”. This most likely means the wearable will be released anytime before the end of November 2021 with a pre-order window up to two weeks before the device goes on sale.

However, the ongoing global chip shortage could cause some delays with the initial production and availability of the Watch series 7. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Apple Watch series 7 release date

With Apple stating the Watch series 7 will become available in “the fall”, we can expect to see the wearable released any time before the end of November.

Is the Apple Watch series 7 waterproof?

The current model of Apple Watch, called the series 6 (from £379, Apple.com), is water resistant to 50 metres. More specifically, it meets the ISO standard 22810:2010, which means the smartwatch is safe to wear during shallow-water activities like swimming in a pool or the sea. The Watch series 7 maintains this WR50 water resistance rating.

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Apple Watch SE, GPS + cellular, 44mm: £323.28, Amazon.co.uk

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(Amazon)

The GPS and cellular model of the Apple watch SE allows you to text, call, get directions and stream music all without your phone, making it a great choice for those who prefer to work out with empty pockets. In our review of the Apple Watch SE, our tester praised its “dazzling design, intuitive notifications, accurate heart-rate monitoring, slick activity tracking and sleep monitoring, scores of watch faces, warnings when you’re in an over-noisy environment, fall detection and much more”.

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Apple Watch series 6 GPS, 44mm: £399, Amazon.co.uk

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Apple’s best ever smartwatch packs a full suite of health sensors, from an ECG monitor to catch a misbehaving ticker to your usual step counters, sleep trackers, heart-rate monitor and blood oxygen level indicators. The Apple Watch series 6 featured in our list of the best smartwatches, where our reviewer fell in love with it: “The Apple Watch is easily the classiest smartwatch, with gorgeous design and immaculate build quality,” they said.

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Apple Watch series 3, GPS, 38mm: £194, Amazon.co.uk

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(Apple)

Launched in 2017, the Apple Watch series 3 is an older model of the Apple Watch, but it’s far from over the hill. For years it was the undisputed king of wearables, and now it continues to be sold as a cheaper, entry-level alternative to the cutting-edge series 6 and the dialled-back Apple Watch SE.

It has all the core functionality you might need from an iPhone-compatible smartwatch, allowing you to control music and see and respond to notifications and messages without having to take your phone out of your pocket. The display looks sharp and the UI is responsive. You don’t get the fancy ECG monitoring of newer Apple Watches, but the most vital fitness sensors are all there, enabling you to track workouts, count steps and monitor your heart rate around the clock.

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Apple iPad air, 10.9in, 4th gen, 64GB: £539.97, Amazon.co.uk

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(Steve Hogarty/The Independent)

The newest iPad air is one of the most powerful and versatile tablets Apple has ever created, rivalling even the flagship iPad pro in performance terms. It took the number one spot in our round-up of the best tablets, where our reviewer praised the device’s cutting-edge specs: “It also has the most advanced processor Apple has installed in a tablet, the A14 Bionic, which is also found in the iPhone 12 pro.”

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