The ‘affordable’ Apple Watch SE is also not Apple’s cheapest, so what’s the point?

While not the lowest price, the new Apple Watch SE represents better value on paper.


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With him launch Of Apple Watch Series 6 And this Apple Watch SE, Now you have more options for your wrist and wallet. The Series 6 has several new features, including an S6 processor and a sensor that can measure your blood oxygen level. The Watch SE draws parts from the Series 3, Series 5 and Series 6 into a new affordable version.

When we launched the iPhone SE earlier this year, we saw Apple doing something similar. It used the iPhone 8 body and processor from the iPhone 11 Pro, but it came with a price tag of $ 399. This is the cheapest new iPhone you can buy.

With the price of $ 279 (£ 269, AU $ 429), the same cannot be said about the Apple Watch SE. This is because you can still buy Apple Watch Series 3 for $ 199 (£ 199, AU $ 299). So, you may wonder what the Apple Watch SE means?

If you are looking at the price right now, there will obviously be a $ 80 savings and getting the Series 3 would be attractive. But you will get the watch launched three years ago and if everything is equal, watchOS will be out of the update three years earlier than the SE.

The Watch SE includes a more powerful processor than Apple’s older wearables. Think of SE as a series 3, which is a much needed refresh on the inside. Powering the Series 3 is the S3 processor. Underneath the watch face of the SE is an S5 processor which is 2 times faster than the S3 and is the same one found in the Series 5. The new processor makes SE more relevant in 2020 and future. For example, series 3 does not support Apple’s new family setup plan Which allows you to set up an Apple Watch for your child, with parental controls for messaging and location tracking. Apple Watch SE does.

Apple Watch Series 3

Apple Watch Series 3 launched in 2017.

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Then there is the display and body. The Watch SE has a retina display that is 30% larger than the Series 3. It is said that, nor is the C-on display always found on Series 6.. The SE comes in Silver, Space Gray and Gold while the Series 3 is available only. Silver and Space Gray.

The SE also supports features such as fall detection and noise monitoring, and comes in both cellular and noncellular models. Apple only sells the Series 3 in a non-version version. Although you may be able to find the Series 3 cellular version through other retailers.

The SE has a compass, an alt-on altimeter (an altimeter in the Series 3, but not always on), a second-generation optical sensor (the first-generation one in the Series 3) and a W3 to connect. Accessories like Chip AirPods. The Series 3 has a W2 chip.

At the end of the day, even with a higher price, the Apple Watch SE seems like a better value. But no one will embarrass you to get a 3. Series.

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