Apple Watch Series 7 is available to preorder on Friday, October 8 [Updated]

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Apple Watch 7 preorders start October 8
Prices start at $399.
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Apple on Monday confirmed that Apple Watch Series 7 will be available to preorder on Friday, October 8 at 5 a.m. PDT/8 a.m. EDT. Deliveries and Apple Store availability are scheduled for one week later on Friday, October 14.

The new device will be available in more than 50 countries initially, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and China. But if you want one on launch day, you probably should be prepared to pounce when preorders start Friday.

Apple Watch 7 finally on its way

Apple Watch Series 7 is almost identical to its predecessor on the inside, with the same chipset and the same health tracking sensors. Apple’s newest wearable charges 33% faster than before, and sports a much larger display.

Cupertino’s designers made this possible by shrinking Apple Watch’s display bezels even further. They now measure a mere 1.7mm, which provides a larger surface area for the screen itself. The increase allows you to see more content at a glance.

It also makes using certain Apple Watch features easier than ever before. You’ll find larger buttons inside your favorite apps, and a new qwerty keyboard inside watchOS 8 that means you don’t have to dig out your iPhone to quickly reply to texts.

Apple also added two new watch faces — Contour and Modular Duo — to take advantage of Apple Watch’s new screen. These will only be available on Series 7, so you’ll have no choice but to splash out on an upgrade if you want them.

A widely predicted redesign with flat edges didn’t materialize this year, possibly because of challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. And that could mean short supplies on launch day.

“If you want the Apple Watch Series 7 on launch day (October 15th) you better be up to place your pre-order as soon as they open up on Apple’s website,” wrote tipster Jon Prosser on Front Page Tech. “I’m told that the first round of mass production started just under a month ago, so initial stock will be very limited.”

Apple Watch Series 7 is stronger

The larger screens mean Apple Watch 7 now comes in 41mm and 45mm size options — up from 40mm and 44mm with Series 6. Apple also says it “refined” the device’s design with “softer, more rounded corners.”

In addition, Apple Watch 7 is tougher than its predecessors, with a more crack-resistant front crystal. It’s also IP6X rated for dust- and water-resistance.

Preorder yours this Friday

You can preorder your Apple Watch Series 7 starting Friday, October 8 at 5 a.m. PDT/8 a.m. EDT. Prices start at $399 for the aluminum model, which come in new midnight, starlight, green, blue and red color options.

The stainless steel models will come in in silver, graphite and gold, while Apple Watch Edition comes in titanium and space black titanium. Nike and Hermès options also will be on offer.

Apple Watch Series 7 makes its official debut Friday, October 14, at which point you could try to purchase the device from your local Apple Store.

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