Will you need a new case if you upgrade to the Apple Watch SE 2?
Apple has said the new Apple Watch SE features a display 30% larger than the previous model.
The new model is available in silver, midnight, and starlight – together with a color-matched nylon composite back which reduces the weight of the watch
The price starts at $249, compares to $279 for the first-gen model.
The 1st-gen Apple Watch SE has launched two years ago, in 2020. It was designed to be a more affordable model than the Apple Watch Series 6, but a better spec than the $199 Series 3, which continued to be sold right up to earlier this year.
Apple finally discontinued the Series 3 as of this event, leaving the new SE 2 as the only budget option.
Do any differences come with Apple Watch SE 2?
The design is unchanged from the previous model, but Apple pointed to a whole range of new features.
Apple Watch SE maintains the same case design, but features a redesigned matching back case made of a nylon composite material, making it lighter than ever.
With watchOS 9, Apple Watch SE users can enjoy the benefits of the new Compass app in addition to the enhanced fitness and wellness features. Apple Watch SE is available in 40mm and 44mm aluminum cases, in midnight, starlight, and silver finishes, and is compatible with all bands.
The new Apple Watch SE delivers the core Apple Watch experience, including Activity tracking, high and low heart rate notifications, and Emergency SOS, as well as the new Crash Detection feature and a completely redesigned back case that perfectly matches the three classic case finishes, all at a more affordable price of $249 (US).
Both models are powered by watchOS 9, introducing new and more customizable watch faces like Lunar and Metropolitan, an enhanced Workout app, sleep stages, a first-of-its-kind AFib History feature, and an all-new Medications app.
The revamped Apple Watch SE also gets the same processor as the Series 8.
The new Apple Watch SE delivers advanced features at a new low price, and is a great way for users to start their Apple Watch journey, use with Family Setup, or gift to their loved ones.
Powerful upgrades include the S8 SiP advanced dual-core processor, the same processor that is in Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch Ultra, making it 20 percent faster than the previous generation, along with Crash Detection and international roaming.
The previous model had the S5 processor.
The company also pointed to the improved environmental credentials of both the SE and S8.
Both models are made with 100 percent recycled aluminum in the case, 100 percent recycled tungsten in the Taptic Engine, and 100 percent recycled rare earth elements in all magnets.
In a first for Apple Watch, both models feature 100 percent recycled gold — in the plating of multiple printed circuit boards on Apple Watch Series 8, and in the plating of the SiP on the new Apple Watch SE. Both models are free of mercury, BFRs, PVC, and beryllium.
No Apple Watch packaging uses outer plastic wrap, and 94 percent or more of the packaging is fiber based, bringing Apple closer to its goal of completely removing plastic from its packaging by 2025.
Where to buy it?
You can order the new Apple Watch SE today in more than 40 countries.
Customers in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Japan, the UAE, the UK, the US, and more than 40 other countries and regions can order Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch SE today, with availability in stores beginning Friday, September 16. Tim Cook said that it “brings all the core Apple Watch features to even more people.”
Does Apple Watch SE 2 fit older cases?
Yes! Aside from differences in weight, the second-generation Apple Watch SE is identical in size and shares the same button layout as the previous model.