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*ANNOUNCED* Apple Watch Series 8 release date, pre-order, features, price

All of the important information and details of the new series
Last Updated on January 18, 2024
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This Fall’s anticipated debut of the Apple Watch Series 8 has arrived, with Apple announcing the new model as well as its variants at its September 7 ‘Far Out’ live stream.

Now that the Apple Watch Series 8 is official, alongside the new Apple Watch SE and the Apple Watch Ultra – not to mention the iPhone 14 and AirPods Pro 2 – we’ve got the run-down on all of the latest details.

Apple Watch Series 8 Price

Since 2019 all Apple Watch models have had the same starting price, which is $399 for the base GPS-only model and $499 for the base GPS + cellular model. The apparent exception is the Apple Watch SE, but since it’s a different device, its lower pricing is justified.

As a result, we didn’t anticipate any deviations from this pattern – and we were proven right. The Apple Watch Series 8 is available for $399 for the 41mm GPS model, while the GPS+cellular 41mm model costs $499.

Meanwhile the new apple Watch SE 2nd Gen will be available from $249 (WiFi), and $299 (cellular).

Apple Watch Series 8 release date

The Apple Watch Series 8 will be available on Friday, September 16, alongside the new Apple Watch SE 2nd gen. So not too dissimilar a date to previous generations of the Apple Watch.

But the Watch Series 8 is actually available to pre-order right now, from both the Apple store and Best Buy.

Apple Watch Series 8 pre-order

More major retailers may announce Apple Watch 8 pre-orders. Currently, though, Apple ‘s own store and Best Buy appear to be two of the best places to pre-order the new model.

Apple Watch Series 8 features

We now have confirmation of features for the Apple Watch Series 8, and there’s a long list of upgrades to like. Including:

  • An always on display
  • Swim-proof, dust-proof, crack-resistant screen
  • cycle tracking and ovulation detection
  • New automotive crash-detection technology
  • dual-temperature sensor for improves accuracy
  • All-day 18-hour power mode
  • Low power mode, offering 36 hours of battery on a full charge
  • International roaming (all cellular models)
  • Silver, Gold, Graphite, Metal color options

Apple Watch Series 8 specs:

Dimensions: 45 x 38 x 10.7 mm (1.77 x 1.50 x 0.42 in)
Weight: 32g (41mm), 38.8g (45mm) (1.13 oz)
Materials: Glass front, ceramic/sapphire crystal back, aluminum frame

Display: Retina OLED, 1000 nits (peak)
Size: 1.9 inches
Resolution: 484 x 396 pixels

Platform: watchOS 9.0
Chipset: Apple S8
Internal storage: 32GB 1GB RAM

Connectivity: WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, dual-band, Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, GPS, NFC
Protection: Ion-X strengthened glass, IP6X certified, 50m water resistant
Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, heart rate, barometer, always-on altimeter, compass, SpO2, VO2max, temperature

Battery: Li-Ion 309 mAh
Charging: Wireless fast charging
Colors: Midnight, Starlight, Silver, Red

The Apple Watch Ultra

Previously, according to Mark Gurman, Apple was developing an “extreme sports” version of the Apple Watch with a bigger screen and a metal case that can withstand more damage.

Additionally, it was suggested it would have a screen area around seven percent larger than the 45mm Apple Watch Series 7 and a 410×502 pixel display.

Gurman hypothesized that Apple may display more fitness metrics using the additional display space on the Apple Watch.

We now know that this is the Apple Watch Ultra.

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