At Apple’s “Far Out” event, the company launched the Apple Watch Series 8 and all-new Apple Watch SE along with the iPhone 14 lineup and the 2nd Generation AirPods Pro. The Apple Watch Series 8 still starts at $399 and the new Apple Watch SE now starts at $249 which is a $30 price drop from its predecessor.
Apple Watch Series 8 comes in aluminum and stainless steel cases in 41mm and 45mm. Aluminium case color options include starlight, midnight, silver, and (PRODUCT)RED, while the stainless steel case has silver, graphite, and gold. In Apple Watch SE, upgrades include the S8 SiP advanced dual-core processor, the same processor that is in Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch Ultra. It is available in 40mm and 44mm aluminum cases, in midnight, starlight, and silver color options.
The Cupertino-based giant announced a ton of new health and safety features. The new Apple Watch Series 8 comes with temperature-sensing capabilities with a two-sensor design that give women further insights into their menstrual cycle. The sensors in Apple Watch Series 8 test the wrist temperature during sleep every five seconds and measure changes as small as 0.1° C.
Apple has also unveiled a driving safety feature called as Crash Detection. It developed an advanced sensor-fusion algorithm that uses a new, more powerful gyroscope and accelerometer on Apple Watch. Crash Detection also uses the barometer, GPS, and the microphone on iPhone to detect the unique patterns that can indicate the severity of the crash.
Low Power Mode is finally available on Apple Watch Series 8, it can extend battery life of the watch to last up to 36 hours. This new mode temporarily disables or restricts select sensors and features, including the Always-On Retina display, workout autostart, heart health notifications.
With watchOS 9, users can stay connected to a cellular network while traveling abroad using international roaming. Users who are diagnosed with AFib can turn on the FDA-cleared AFib History feature and access important information. Compass app surfaces more in-depth information and three distinct views. Workout app includes new in-session views, such as Segments, Splits, and Elevation. Sleep tracking now provides more insights with the introduction of sleep stages. Medications on Apple Watch and iPhone helps users manage and track their medications, vitamins, and supplements.