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Best Apple Watch: Choose the right model and best accessories

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Apple Watch buying guide: Choose the best models and accessories
Gifting an Apple Watch for the holidays? We'll help you find the perfect pick.
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Apple Watch is almost an essential for any iPhone owner these days, so it makes the perfect gift for anyone who doesn’t already own one. It’s also one of the more affordable Apple devices you can buy with a range of options to choose from that start at just $249 (or even less if you shop around).

In this buying guide, we’ll help you choose the right Apple Watch for you or for someone else, help you find the best prices, and highlight some of the best Apple Watch accessories you can get.

What to expect from Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 [Updated]

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What to expect from Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2
We already know quite a bit about What to expect from Apple Watch Series 9. And Apple Watch Ultra 2 as well.
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Wonderlust 2023

Apple will unveil the next generation of Apple Watch on Tuesday at its Wonderlust event, but you don’t have to wait to find out what the new wearables will offer: Many of the details have leaked out already.

Here’s what we know about Apple Watch Series 9, Apple Watch Ultra 2 and the next Apple Watch SE.

Apple Watch SE review roundup: Amazing value

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Apple Watch SE 2022 is an outstanding value at $250.
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The first reviews of the new 2022 version of Apple Watch SE highlight was a value the device is. Engadget calls it “a $400 smartwatch for $250.”

Considering your first model? Or an upgrade from an older one? Read on to see if the revamped Apple Watch SE is right for you.

Apple’s Far Out event packs plenty of surprises

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Apple's Far Out Event delivered plenty of hardware and some solid surprises.
Apple's Far Out Event delivered plenty of hardware and some solid surprises.
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Apple definitely over-delivered with Wednesday’s Far Out event. The rumor mill’s constant churn of leaks and speculation gave us a solid framework for our expectations, but Cupertino’s hardware and software wizards still whipped out a few surprises.

Here’s everything you need to know about the iPhone 14 lineup, second-gen AirPods Pro and the 2022 Apple Watch models — including that hot new Ultra version for extreme athletes (and couch potatoes with solid credit ratings).

BAM! Crash detection smashes into iPhone 14

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BAM! Crash detection smashes into iPhone 14
Both iPhone 14 series and the new Apple Watch models will call for help if you've been in a car wreck.
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If you’re in a severe car accident, your iPhone 14 will be able to tell and it can contact emergency services if you’re unconscious.

The feature will also be incorporated into the most recent Apple Watch models.

What we already know about Apple Watch Series 8

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Apple Watch Pro with flash screen
A new top-of-the-line Apple Watch Pro allegedly coming in 2022 will have a flat screen and a titanium body.
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You don’t have to wait until September to get the details on the next-gen Apple Watch. Many of them leaked out already.

Here’s what to expect out of the upcoming Series 8, and a new “extreme sports” Apple Watch. An updated Apple Watch SE is also supposedly in the offing.

Apple Watch 7 and SE hit all-time low prices

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You can get great deals right now on Apple Watch 7 and SE.
You can get great deals right now on Apple Watch 7 and SE.
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Various discounts across the Apple Watch lineup appeared Thursday, including Apple Watch SE hitting an all-time low price on Amazon for the first time and models of Apple Watch Series 7 reaching or returning to all-time low prices.

Act fast, though — these deals often don’t last long.

Why you shouldn’t buy an Apple Watch Series 3

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Apple Watch Series 3 was a great smartwatch in its day. But that day was in 2017.
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Apple Watch Series 3 is still in Apple’s product lineup but you should avoid it. It’s so near the end of its product life that it’s not a good value even at $199.

There’s another Apple wearable that costs just a bit more and isn’t about to ride off into the sunset.

Apple Watch SE gets a tempting $50 discount

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Don't miss this deal on the Apple Watch SE
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Amazon currently has the Apple Watch SE discounted to just $229 — down from $279, a savings of $50.

The listing will show a $30 discount, bringing the price down to $249, with the additional $19.01 off automatically applied at checkout.

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Apple Watch SE down to $219 as Amazon slashes $60 off

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Bag yours before the discounts disappear.
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Pick up Apple Watch SE at its lowest ever price after a generous $60 discount from Amazon. Prices start at $219 — down from $279 — for a limited time only.

Stock is selling fast, so bag yours before they’re gone or the discounts disappear.

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Apple Watch passes 100 million active users

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Apple Watch Series 6 is expected to look just like Series 5.
Apple Watch Series 6 is the best selling smartwatch in the world.
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Apple Watch recently passed an important milestone. There are now 100 million of them in active use according to a market analysis firm. And more than 50 million Americans have one.

The user base is one of the most important measurements of a product’s success. It shows how many people are actively using a device, as opposed to buying one, disliking it, then dumping it in a drawer.

Apple Watch Series 7 will feature updated display, Explorer Edition will ship in 2022

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Apple Watch Series 7 concept
Is this the Apple Watch set for release later this year?
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The Apple Watch Series 7 will boast a faster processor, better wireless connectivity, and a new, improved screen, says a new report from Bloomberg. The screen will have thinner bezels and a “new lamination technique that brings the display closer to the front cover.” This would be the first Apple Watch form factor redesign since 2018.

However, a body temperature sensor that was planned for this year’s update has supposedly been pushed back to the 2022 iPhone. Meanwhile, a rumored blood sugar sensor for monitoring glucose levels is reported as still being several years away.

watchOS 7.3.1 repairs serious Apple Watch charging problem

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watchOS 7.3.1 squashes a bug inApple Watch’s Power Reserve feature.
Power Reserve reduces drain on your Apple Watch’s battery. But there’s a bug.
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To prevent your Apple Watch Series 5 or Apple Watch SE from refusing to charge when it’s in Power Reserve, you need watchOS 7.3.1. Apple rushed this update out on Monday specifically to fix this bug.

Any Apple Watch hit with this bug drains until it’s dead, and can‘t be recharged. But Apple will repair the affected devices at no cost.

Apple Watch SE and Series 6 first impressions: Time for an upgrade?

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Apple Watch SE is only $279
Solid upgrades to an already great smartwatch.
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Ahead of the new Apple Watch units finding their way onto users’ wrists, the initial “first impressions” reviews have hit the internet. While they’re not deep dives into the Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE (users got to try them out for 24 hours), they still provide a sense of how they’re being received.

So what do the lucky individuals Apple sent an early review unit to have to say about them? Read on to find out.

5 big takeaways from Apple’s September ‘Time Flies’ event

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The Apple September event had everything you could want
Important new products and services were all highlights of the Apple “Time Flies” September event.
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Apple executives took to virtual stages on Tuesday to unveil a parade of important new products at its “Time Flies” event. The much-anticipated Apple Watch made its debut, and a cheaper version too. And the iPad Air got a massive upgrade. Plus, there are new services and more.

Here’s why you shouldn’t overlook anything Apple just announced.

Apple Watch SE packs essential features, larger screen for just $279

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Some of the best Apple Watch features at a great price.
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Take advantage of some of the best, most essential Apple Watch features at a brilliantly low price with the new Apple Watch SE. Unveiled alongside Apple Watch Series 6 on Tuesday, the more affordable model packs an edge-to-edge display, a super-speedy S5 processor, fall detection and more.

The best bit? It’s priced at just $279!