Apple Watch SE’s lack of always-on display actually isn’t a deal breaker: Our first impressions

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The Apple Watch SE.


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Featuring WatchOS 7, water resistance and a proprietary dual-core S5 processor, the Apple Watch SE serves as a cheaper option to the flagship Apple Watch Series 6. The Apple Watch SE starts at $279 (£269, AU$429). It will come in cellular and Wi-Fi-only variants, and ships out Sept. 18.

Though it doesn’t have all the same high-end features as the Series 6, such as blood oxygen level measuring and an electocardiogram (EKG or ECG) sensor, the Watch SE still has some features that are new to WatchOS 7. That includes new watch faces and Family Setup. Staple features such as sleep tracking, fall detection and messaging are also built into the Watch SE. 


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