Apple released its first smartwatch in April 2015, and from that point onwards, there was no looking back. Many wearable technology companies have tried their hands, but none of them has been as successful as Apple. In 2022, the tech giant launched the Apple Watch 8 series, the Apple Watch SE, and the Apple Watch Ultra. Though the Apple Watch Ultra has taken center stage and the limelight, there are certain aspects of the Apple Watch 8 series that are quite interesting. Read the blog to find out more about the watch.
For the 8 series, Apple has retained the similar rounded square look it had on its 7th generation. In fact, the whole design has not undergone some serious change, but only the name of the Apple Watch 8 is written in place of the Apple Watch 7 at the rear. The dimensions of the device are 41/45 x 38 x 10.7 mm, where the 41 mm casing weighs 32 g, while the 45 mm weighs 38.8 g and is comfortable to wear while doing any kind of activity, like running, exercising, and swimming, among many others. The watch is built on an aluminum frame with Ion-X glass on the front and sapphire or ceramic crystal on the back, and it is scratch resistant. The Apple Watch 8 series also boasts IP68 certification and 50 meters of water resistance.
The 1.9-inch Retina LTPO OLED display is by far the most advanced-looking screen available, and premium smartwatches like the Google Pixel Watch or Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 are far behind in this segment. The 41 mm has a display area of 904 sq mm, while the 45 mm has 1143 sq mm. The Apple Watch 8 series has a brightness of up to 1000 nits (peak), which is incredible, and you can see it outdoors easily even on a sunny day. Assume you awoke in the middle of the night from a deep sleep; a flash of light will not blind you while checking your watch. The watch can manage its brightness and provides adequate dim light, which is advantageous. With a resolution of 484 x 396 pixels, the smartwatch also has an always-on display available.
Software And Performance
The Apple Watch 8 series comes with WatchOS 9.0 and is upgradable to 9.3. The smartwatch has the latest Qualcomm S8 chip with a dual-core CPU and a PowerVR GPU. The configuration is extremely powerful and provides a smooth and fluid performance where you will not face any lag even when the watch is multi-tasking. From changing watch faces to changing workout modes, the Apple Watch app can be used for customization in several fields. WatchOS 9.0 brings in some cool new features, like a new calendar app, banner-like notifications, and language support, among many others.
The list of features offered by the Apple Watch 8 series is insane and endless. Here we will discuss some of the most important features that make the smartwatch stand out in the market. The 8 Series has got an upgraded accelerometer and gyroscope, which now has the ability to track up to 256 G-forces, in which car crash and fall detection are present. Suppose one has crashed their vehicle, and if they do not respond within 10 seconds, the Apple Watch and the iPhone will work in synchronization to place a call for emergency services. Like many other wearables, Apple has introduced a new temperature sensor that can measure the skin, air, and water temperature. The sensor measures the body temperature at night for five straight days when the wearer is sleeping to create a baseline. And after that, it will provide charts and bars in the Skin Temperature section of the health tracking app to gauge the progress. Apple has yet to work on this section in order to create a readiness or wellness score similar to those found in Oura and Fitbit. But what makes the temperature sensor interesting is that it can be used by women for ovulation and period tracking, which can come in handy. The company has claimed the watch has to be worn for at least two months before such tracking begins. Sleep tracking was already available, but with the upgrade to WatchOS 9, you can now get sleep tracking stages that include time awake, core sleep, deep sleep, and REM. Other features like SpO2 tracking, GPS, and heart rate, among many others, also work efficiently and provide accurate data.
Battery And Connectivity
The Apple Watch 8 series has a 308 mAh battery that supports wireless charging. On a single charge, the battery can last up to 18 hours, but if you turn off some features like the always-on display, you can squeeze in some extra hours. Apple has introduced a new “lower power” mode that disables most features while increasing the battery life to 36 hours. Apple Watch Series 8 has the most up-to-date connectivity features, including Bluetooth 5.3 and WiFi 802.11ac.
Available in colors like Midnight, Red, Silver, and Starlight Apple Watch 8 series starts at a price of $399. Silicone, rugged steel, or leather straps can be used for wearing this watch, and what’s truly cool is that you can even use straps from the previous watch versions with ease. It is truly a great smartwatch, but if you are using a Series 7 or 6, then buying it would not be wholesome. If you are switching from other smartwatch brands or using an Apple Series 4 or below, then this is definitely worth a try.