The newly re-styled Apple Watch Series 7 looks great (and much better than the flat-edge design that was rumored). You can read my review here on Forbes, but here are five items that may have gone under the radar.
1. Set-up is better than ever
Recent iOS updates have meant that you can now choose to set up an existing Watch as well as a new one. This is a much faster set-up than previously and works very well.
Setting up a new Watch Series 7 is also much faster than it used to be, which is also a noticeable and welcome benefit.
Additionally, Apple has fixed one of the least enjoyable details about setting up the Watch…
2. Choose your App View
Until now, the Apple Watch always defaulted to the grid view of apps. If, like me, you’d rather have the much more appealing list view, you had to open up the grid view (oh, the irony), tap Settings, and choose App View.
Now, during set-up of a new Watch, Apple presents you with a screen with both view options on it so you can pick which you prefer. This is a neat upgrade.
3. Faster recharge doesn’t need an upgraded charging plug
Faster recharge is very useful, especially if you use Sleep Tracking. If you recharge your Watch overnight, then there’s no benefit at all, but if you track your sleep, then finding the time to recharge it is a little less easy.
With the new charging cable and puck, this recharge is much faster. And eight minutes of charge on the puck is enough for a decent night’s sleep tracking (eight hours, Apple says).
And the good news is, you don’t need a special plug for the upgraded recharge speed, despite what you may have read elsewhere. Specifically, you can use any Apple USB-C power adaptor, or any power adptor that’s USB-C compliant. It doesn’t have to be a 20W charger.
4. How do they make those bands fit?
The thing about the Apple Watch is it’s a small enough device to fit your wrist, obviously. But although the first Apple Watch came in 38mm and 42mm sizes, and it’s now available in 41mm and 45mm sizes, the original straps still fit and still look perfect.
This is a very clever trick because, although the sizes refer to the case height, not screen size, there are width differences to take on board, too. So it’s pretty clever that they still work so beautifully.
5. The diagnostic port has gone
On earlier Apple Watch models, if you look inside the slot where the bottom band connects, there is a special port. It’s not for consumer use but for diagnostic functions when the Watch is being serviced by Apple.
So, what happens now that port has gone? It seems that if you put the Watch on a special dock, data can be transferred wirelessly. Details aren’t known but it’s possible that Apple could use the puck to restore an Apple Watch wirelessly.