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Apple Watch SE

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Apple Watch SE
Release Date
September 2020


• LTPO OLED display (1000 nits)
• S6 Chip
• Always-On Retina display with Force Touch
• Up to 18 hours Battery Life


The latest and affordable Apple Watch SE will keep you on your fitness goals and be one of the best productivity tools. Combining features of the latest Apple Watch Series 6 and the Apple Watch Series 5, the SE is perfect for anyone looking for a smartwatch. With almost all of the Series 6's advanced features, you'll be getting more than your money's worth with the Apple Watch SE.



If you want to get the latest watchOS on your smartwatch, but don’t want to invest too much money, the Apple Watch SE is your perfect smartwatch. It has many great features that almost match the new Apple Watch Series 6 but at a lesser cost.

Released alongside the Apple Watch Series 6 during Apple's September 2020 event, Time Flies, the Apple Watch SE is a wonderful device. When it comes to balancing affordability and functionality, you won't find a better smartwatch than the SE.

It has the classic 40mm and 44mm models, each of which has a Retina OLED display. The finishes are aluminum, and you can choose between three color options: Space Gray, Silver, and Gold.

But to customize your Apple Watch SE even further, you'll be able to add the new Apple Watch band styles, which are the Solo Loop, Braided Solo Loop, and Leather Link. Then, you can also get the new watch faces.

When it comes to hardware, the Apple Watch SE runs on the S5 chip, the same one used in the Apple Watch Series 5. The S5 chip provides quick and smooth performance, sure to be comfortable on your eyes. Additionally, you'll get some features from Series 6, too, like the Always-On Altimeter, the latest accelerometer, and more.

The Apple Watch SE is already out and available on the Apple website. Be sure to get a more in-depth look at its features and compare the Apple Watch SE to the Apple Watch Series 3 below.



Design and Size

The Watch SE comes in two models, the 40 mm and 44 mm. The budget-friendly Apple Watch also features a Retina OLED display that projects 1000 nits of brightness, with thin aluminum borders and curved corners.

As for the finishes, the Apple Watch SE will only have the classic aluminum case with three colorways: Space Gray, Silver, and Gold. Moreover, the front screen is the sturdy Ion-X strengthened glass front and has the same ceramic and sapphire crystal backing as the Apple Watch Series 6.


Apple also released three brand-new bands that you can attach to your Apple Watch SE for style:

  • Solo Loop: Crafted out of single soft silicone material with a smooth, silky finish.
  • Braided Solo Loop: Made of 100% recycled material, with ultrathin silicone threads making it stretchable and comfortable.
  • Leather Link: Shaped using flexible magnets that wrap elegantly around the wrist.

Like the bands, the Apple Watch SE will have the same newest and latest watch face upgrades. You can now choose from:

  • GMT: View multiple time zones at once.
  • Countdown: Start a timer and let the countdown begin.
  • Chronograph Pro: Track speed and time at any time, anywhere.
  • Typography: Three different numeral styles and four scripts.
  • Memoji: Use your interactive Memoji as your pocket assistant.
  • Wallpaper Stripes: Support your favorite sports team or social cause
  • Geoff McFetridge Exclusive: Create a unique piece of art that resembles your face

Hardware and Software

The Apple Watch SE will have the best of both worlds. The newest addition to the Apple Watch line up kept special features from the previous Apple Watch series. At the same time, it incorporated the latest technology from Series 6.

As speculated by the prolific Apple leaker, Komiya, the Watch SE will have technical components that match the Watch Series 6.

Here’s a list of the same upgraded features that appear in the SE and Series 6:

  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Always-on altimeter
  • Latest motion sensors and health and safety capabilities including fall detection, Emergency SOS, international emergency calling
  • Latest microphone and Noise app

The main difference between the Apple Watch SE and Apple Watch Series 6 is that the SE uses the S5 SiP with 64-bit dual-core processor. The S5 processor is the same as the Apple Watch Series 5 and is two-times faster than the Apple Watch Series 3 and still supports the latest Bluetooth 5.0.

As for software, it is no surprise that Apple Watch SE will operate on the latest watchOS 7. Announced at WWDC back in June, watchOS 7 is currently in beta testing and released soon.

Now, it's out for the Apple Watch SE and comes with several excellent features.

This brilliant product strategy is perfect for the Apple Watch SE. Taking parts from different devices allows Apple to fast track product development and maintain technical support for years to come.

Health Tracking

The Apple Watch SE will have everything people love about the Apple Watch already.

Considering the Apple Watch SE has the same health features as the Series 5, the SE capabilities are beyond its price point. The only thing the Apple Watch SE lacks compared to the new Series 6 is the Blood Oxygen sensor.


The new always-on altimeter in the Apple Watch SE model can detect small elevation changes above ground level, up and down to measuring 1 foot. The Apple Watch faces also updated by adjusting to your environment changes, such as displaying your workout metric when you’re cycling or running.

With Apple putting in a powerful processing chip, the SE is capable of tracking more fitness and health-related data. New health features to try out on the Apple Watch SE and watchOS 7 include:

  • Workout modes: Core Training, Dance, Functional Strength Training, and Cool Down
  • Mobility Metrics: Low-range cardio fitness, walking speed, stair-descent speed, stair-ascent speed, six-minute walk distance, double support time, step length, and asymmetry
  • Sleep Tracking app

Sometimes accidents and injuries occur unexpectedly. The new Apple Watch SE has the Emergency SOS, Fall detection, and Noise app features to protect and assist you.

With the new Family Setup feature, you can have peace in mind when older family members or even children use the Apple Watch’s health features. The SE is an excellent tool for families to stay healthy and connected.

Pricing, Launch, and Release

Since Apple released the Apple Watch SE as an affordable alternative, its retail prices are quite price-conscious. The GPS-only versions start at $279, whereas the GPS + Cellular versions start from $329. They are cheaper than the Series 6 but have almost all the features available on the Series 6.

Furthermore, the new watch bands start at $49 for the silicon Solo Loop and $99 for the braided Solo Loop and Leather Link band. Both will add style and functionality to your Apple Watch SE.

Like the Apple Watch Series 6, the Apple Watch SE will be available for pre-order starting September 15, 2020, and will be available worldwide on September 18, 2020.

Nonetheless, you should expect some delays when awaiting your new Apple Watch SE with postal delays and other unknown variables.


Apple Watch SE vs. Apple Watch Series 3

Key Differences

SE Series 3
Price Starting at $279 Starting at $199
Case Size 40mm or 44mm 38mm or 42mm
Display Retina Display Retina Display
Altimeter Always-On Altimeter Barometric Altimeter
Family Setup Yes N/A
Processing Chip S5 S3

Design and Size

The Apple Watch SE has 40mm and 44mm options for its case, whereas the Series 3 only has 38mm and 42mm options. So, while both devices use Retina OLED displays, the SE's screen is 30% larger than the Series 3.

Both devices only offer aluminum cases, but the SE offers another color. In addition to Silver and Space Gray, which the Series 3 offers, you can get your Apple Watch SE in Rose Gold too. You can also get the latest Solo Loop, Braided Solo Loop, or Leather Link on your Apple Watch SE.

Then, the SE outperforms the Series 3 in a variety of other ways too. The SE has a second-generation speaker and mic system, haptic feedback on its digital crown, and more. All of these will improve your Apple Watch experience drastically.


Health Tracking

The Apple Watch Series 3 has got you covered with an altimeter, optical heart sensor, Emergency SOS feature, and more when it comes to health tracking. If you're looking to get an overview of your health while getting specific information for the more general statistics, the Series 3 is a great choice.

However, with an Always-On Altimeter and other health features, the Apple Watch SE is the way to go. Its upgraded features make it a much more versatile device that can give you detailed insights about your health.

A health feature that is available on both models is the Emergency SOS. On the other hand, only the SE has additional health features that prioritize your safety, such as Fall Detection, international emergency calling, and noise monitoring.

Family Setup

While both devices run on watchOS 7, only the SE can run Family Setup. Introduced alongside the device, Family Setup allows Apple Watch SE users to experience some iPhone functions without needing an iPhone.

Controlled from one device, you can hand out Apple Watches to your family members, such as children or the elderly.


For children, you'll get features like Schooltime and Location tracking to make sure your kids are learning and safe. For the elderly, you can fill out their medical information and set yourselves up as emergency contacts as safety measures.

In Family Setup, users of the Apple Watches can send text messages, play games, and more, giving them some iPhone features without the phone itself. It's a formidable tool that can help you keep your family close through technology.

Processing Chip

The SE's S5 processing chip is much faster than the Series 3's S3 chip. The S3 chip can perform all the tasks required of it, including running the screen smoothly. For all the apps and features available to the Series 3, the S3 chip will handle them all correctly.

However, the S5 chip can run everything on the SE, which is much more than the Series 3's capabilities.

The S5 chip outperforms the S3 chip drastically; it's twice as fast as the S3 chip. With that performance speed and higher capacity, the S5 chip is a surefire upgrade from the S3 chip. It enables you to use all the fantastic features on the Apple Watch SE.

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