Release Date, Rumors, Specs, Price, Feature Wishlist

Release Date, Rumors, Specs, Price, Feature Wishlist

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Update: September 5, 2022 (6:30am ET): We’ve updated our Apple Watch SE 2 Rumor Hub with more details related to the device’s potential feature kit, and more.


Original article: May 20, 2022: Apple is ready to offer yet another affordable wearable. Leaks suggest that the company will revamp its SE lineup, launching a new Apple Watch SE 2 alongside the Apple Watch Series 8. Read on to find out everything we know so far, plus what we expect to see.

Will there be an Apple Watch SE 2?

The Apple Watch SE displays their activity rings on the user's wrist.

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According to comments from industry insider Mark Gurman (via) power on newsletter) and analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, a budget-friendly SE follow-up is at work, While the details are still unclear, users can probably expect marked updates for the previous generation, all at an equally low price point.

See all: The Complete Apple Watch Buyer’s Guide

When will be the Apple Watch SE 2 release date?

A user wears an Apple Watch Series 6 on his wrist which displays the face of the artist watch.

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Apple hasn’t revealed the Apple Watch SE 2 release date yet, nor have the leaks pointed to anything definitive. However, the original Apple Watch SE was launched in September 2020 alongside the Apple Watch Series 6. The line was then abandoned when Apple unveiled the Series 7 in 2021. We expect the new model to launch with the Apple Watch Series 8 anticipated this September.

Luckily, we now have a pretty good idea of ​​when that might happen. The September iPhone 14 launch event has been officially confirmed and will take place on September 7, 2022 at 10:00 AM PT (1:00 PM ET). Although the invite does not mention the company’s new smartwatch lineup, there is speculation that wearables will also be launched at the event.

What are the features and specs of Apple Watch SE 2?

An Apple Watch SE rests on a white table with a red silicone band.

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Overall, we are not expecting any major changes to the Apple Watch SE formula for the second iteration. Looks like the big changes may be reserved for the Apple Watch Pro. But there are some rumors that indicate what to expect.

design

The Apple Watch SE is similar in design to the Apple Watch Series 6, except for its colors and materials. Apple offered the Series 6 in Silver, Space Grey, Gold, Blue, and Red, but the SE was limited to Silver, Space Gray, and Gold. Similarly, while the Series 6 was launched in aluminium, stainless steel and titanium, the SE has been available only in aluminum.

The new device will likely retain the same size and case design as the previous model, but may add an always-on display, a feature missing from the first generation. According to reportsOf course, other specs that could make their way into the SE 2 include the S7 chip from the Series 7 and a new sensor that will allow the device to take a user’s ECG. If this chip is used, blood oxygen monitoring isn’t entirely out of the question, and will bring the Apple Watch SE 2 on par with its rivals. Recent rumors suggest that the device may also receive an S8 chip similar to the upcoming Apple Watch Series 8.

These are all features that set the SE apart from Apple’s more expensive models, and their inclusion shows that Apple is committed to offering not just a budget option, but a powerful one. If the SE 2 launches this fall with these upgrades, we’d be hard-pressed not to recommend it.

Additionally, we also expect the SE 2 to run the recently previewed watchOS 9. That means a ton of software upgrades and new features including AFib history, medication reminders, advanced training metrics, improved sleep tracking, and more. Of course, these upgrades will roll out to all devices with the Apple Watch 4 and newer, so they won’t differentiate this device at all. However, they would make this an even more impressive budget watch.

Don’t expect all the more kitchen sinks on the SE2, though. According to reliable source Mark Gurman, the watch will be lacking several new features that could debut on the Series 8, including a body temperature sensor.

What will the Apple Watch SE 2 cost?

Rumors about the pricing of the Apple Watch SE 2 haven’t been particularly fruitful, but we’d expect to see something similar set by Apple for the original SE. The first SE starts at $279 for the standard model, up from $329 for LTE. It was even more so if you opt for the larger size case. Considering that the device was launched two years back, the slight increase in this will not come as a surprise. A leak suggests a rise to $20 could be imminent.

Apple, on the other hand, has dropped the Apple Watch 3 from its official lineup. When Apple announced watchOS 9 at WWDC 2022, we learned that the older model would not be eligible for the update. You can still buy the Apple Watch 3 from Apple, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see that this fall. This could completely set a new SE 2 as the budget option of the company and if so, we could see a new pricing structure.

Apple Watch SE 2: What we want to see

The Apple Watch SE rests face down on a stone surface displaying the sensor on the back of the device.

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Apple Watch SE

The Apple Watch is arguably the most popular wearable on the market, but that doesn’t mean it’s flawless. Below are some of the improvements we would love to see in the company’s next SE model.

long battery life

We’re prepared not to wish for better battery life on Apple’s upcoming wearables. Like most other recent models, the Apple Watch SE offers 18 hours of use between charges. A single GPS workout, however, drains the battery significantly. We expect longer battery life and faster charging in the new SE. The fast charging technology offered on the Apple Watch 7 is more realistic than a significant upgrade to battery life.

ECG and other new health tracking features

The Apple Watch Series 6 ECG prompt screen displays on the user's wrist.

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The Watch SE offers users a deep well of features to monitor health and fitness. But there is no harm in asking for more than that. The original omits two features: blood oxygen monitoring and an electrocardiogram. If these make their way to the Apple Watch SE 2, it will be a tough budget one that will be hard to beat.

We already consider the Apple Watch SE to be the best option for most Apple users. Adding advanced health monitoring tools to the new model will allow more health-focused users to opt for cheaper models.

more colors

An Apple Watch SE rests outside on rocks with a splash of rain on the display.

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As mentioned above, the SE is limited to Silver, Space Gray, and Gold. We expect Apple to bring a facelift to the budget lineup with additional colors. Of course, this isn’t a deal-breaker as users can always add flair with replacement bands and watch faces, but it won’t hurt.

We’d also love to see a more durable display screen. The original SE’s Ion-X glass is prone to scratches more easily than other Apple Watch models with sapphire glass.

better sleep tracking

The iPhone paired with the Apple Watch Series 6 displays the user's sleep tracking data.

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Both the Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch SE 2 can get the most out of the improved sleep tracking features. Apple’s sleep tracking is incredibly basic compared to competitors like Fitbit and Garmin. Luckily, Apple has already previewed some of the exciting things coming to watchOS 9 in this category. We’re very happy to see Apple start tracking users’ sleep stages, but expect to see accuracy as well. More data and deeper analysis overnight would be a huge benefit for the users.

Which upgrade would you most like to see in the Apple Watch SE 2?

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That’s all we want to see on the Apple Watch SE 2. Which features do you expect the most? Be sure to vote in our poll above.


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