The new Apple Watch Series 7 will be available from October 15, Apple announced today. Online orders begin this Friday, October 8.
Specifically, those prerelease orders start at 5 a.m. PDT, a week before the watch hits Apple’s physical stores worldwide. In most cases, pre-ordered Apple devices don’t show up at your door until the same day they arrive on store shelves.
Previous leaks from Jon Prosser and Hermes indicated that the watch would be ordered this week and shipped the next, so Apple confirms what we already suspected.
The Apple Watch Series 7 has a larger screen in a redesigned chassis that emphasizes “a unique refractive edge” (Apple’s words). That means the screen curves around the edges to merge into the rounded sides of the watch.
It also means that the watch has less space between the screen and the case.
The watch is available in sizes 41mm and 45mm, slightly higher than previous models. But bands made for the Apple Watch Series 6 will continue to be supported.
Apple also says the new Watch is more durable and more resistant to the elements than its predecessor.
As usual, the wearable will be available in a variety of materials and colors, with plenty of accessories and band choices at launch.
That said, there aren’t any major new health tracking features in this iteration of the Watch. Some reports claim these are coming in next year’s update.
The Apple Watch Series 7 starts at $399, but can be much more expensive depending on the customization options you select. It will co-exist with the Apple Watch SE and Apple Watch Series 3 in Apple’s lineup this year.