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The Apple Watch 7 is here with a larger screen than ever

Apple Watch 7 gets a new look, but no firm release date as of yet

After introducing the new iPad and iPad mini, Apple turned its attention to the Apple Watch Series 7 — the latest smartwatch, coming this autumn.
The biggest change is a new larger design, with a new re-engineered display featuring both 41mm and 45mm designs, both with bezels just 1.7mm thick. That means you get a lot more display, and Apple claims that it can fit 50% more text on the screen, as demonstrated by the sample text message shown below.  
A larger display might make you worry that there’s more to damage. That may be true, but Apple claims that it’s crack-resistant, and the Apple Watch 7 features an IP6X rating, with a WR50 water resistance rating, too.
Notably, the rumours of a squarer, boxier design have proved to be wide of the mark, with Apple emphasising the curved design, which has barely changed since the first-generation Watch launched in 2015. It is, however, a lot brighter – the always-on display is 70% brighter, according to Apple.
The improvement to brightness and a larger display haven’t impacted battery life either way, with Apple still promising 18-hour battery life with normal use. That means you’ll still need to keep the charger close, but the good news is that it will top up 33% faster than the Series 6, meaning you can go from a flat battery to full in just 80 minutes.  
It will come in five colours: black, gold, blue, red and a new dark green that looks pretty stylish. While we have US pricing – prices start at $399, above the Watch Series 3 at $199 and Watch SE at $279 – we don’t have UK equivalents yet, and Apple was equally cagey about release dates, only promising an autumn release date. 
We’ll update this piece when we have UK pricing and a firm release date.

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