The Apple Watch SE was one thing barely new for Apple, providing patrons an reasonably priced various to the Apple Watch 6. As the identify suggests, it aimed to do for wearables what the iPhone SE (2020) did for telephones, and it largely succeeded. In reality, on the time of writing it’s sitting on the prime of our greatest smartwatch checklist, so we’re excited for the Apple Watch SE 2.
That stated, we don’t know for positive that Apple is even engaged on a brand new mannequin, or that will probably be a yearly launch, on condition that up to now there has solely been certainly one of them.
Still, assuming an Apple Watch SE 2 is within the works we may nicely see it this year, and beneath we’ve included some predictions as to when it’d launch and what it may cost, together with an inventory of the enhancements we want from it.
And as rumors begin to roll in we’ll be together with all of these on this article too, so verify again typically to keep up to date on the Apple Watch SE 2.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? The subsequent reasonably priced Apple Watch
- When is it out? Possibly September
- What will it price? Less than the Apple Watch 7
Apple Watch SE 2 launch date and value
So far there’s no information on when the Apple Watch SE 2 may launch, however the authentic Apple Watch SE was introduced on September 15, 2020, so there’s a good probability the Apple Watch SE 2 will land in September of this year – probably alongside the iPhone 13 vary and the Apple Watch 7.
Then once more, since Apple has solely launched one Apple Watch SE mannequin up to now, there’s not a lot to go on, so there’s an opportunity the Apple Watch SE 2 gained’t even land this year.
There aren’t any value rumors but both, however the authentic Apple Watch SE begins at $279 / £260 / AU$429, with costs rising for LTE, a bigger dimension, or completely different strap varieties. There’s a good probability that the Apple Watch SE 2 can have the same beginning value, however we can’t make sure for now.
News and leaks
We haven’t heard something particularly concerning the Apple Watch SE 2 but, however Tim Cook has spoken about the way forward for the Apple Watch on the Outside podcast, saying that “there’s a ton of innovation left to go in there” and “We are in the early innings… think about the amount of sensors in your car. And arguably, your body is much more important than your car.”
That suggests a continued focus on health and fitness for future Apple Watch models, and we’d expect the Apple Watch SE 2 would be included in that.
What we want to see
There are some key improvements that we want from the Apple Watch SE 2, including the following.
1. An always-on display
The Apple Watch SE doesn’t have an always-on display, which is one of the main things it lacks in comparison to the Apple Watch 6.
That’s fair enough, as Apple would have wanted to save some features for its more premium wearable, but by late 2021 when the Apple Watch SE 2 will hopefully land, we’d like the always-on display to be a standard feature across the range.
2. A longer-lasting battery
The Apple Watch SE actually has better battery life than most Apple Watch models, but at around a day and a half it still doesn’t match a lot of other wearables, and also doesn’t really cut it for sleep tracking, since you’ll likely find you want to charge it at night.
So for the Apple Watch SE 2 we’d like to see life extended to at least two days, and ideally three or more.
3. A bottom of the range price
While the Apple Watch SE is positioned as a relatively budget option in the Apple Watch range, it’s actually not the cheapest wearable that Apple sells. That’s the Apple Watch 3, which is still on sale.
To simplify things, we’d like to see the Apple Watch SE 2 have the lowest price of any currently available Apple Watch, so it’s clear what the wearable’s position is in the range.
4. A wider range of colors
The Apple Watch SE is only available in gold, silver, and space gray shades, and while there’s nothing wrong with those colors, we’d like to see a wider selection available for the Apple Watch SE 2, including perhaps something flashier, like the red color that you can get the Apple Watch 6 in.
You can of course get a lot more color from the strap, as we’re only talking about the body here, but we’d still like more options.
5. Blood oxygen monitoring
Beyond the always-on show, one different function the Apple Watch SE lacks that the Apple Watch 6 has is blood oxygen monitoring.
This is a helpful well being monitoring function, however most likely not an enormous promoting level for most individuals, so whereas we’d like to see it, we wouldn’t thoughts an excessive amount of if Apple retains this for premium fashions.