Apple Watch 7: Release date, new features and when the heck you can buy one

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The Apple Watch Series 7 starts at $399 and is coming later in the fall. It was announced at  on Tuesday. But the changes don’t seem that dramatic. It has a larger display with thinner bezels, a faster-charging battery that promises 8 hours of use after 8 minutes of charging and a more crack-resistant front crystal. But the battery life — 18 hours — is the same as last year’s watch. 

There are also new colors for the aluminum case: blue, green, midnight (black), starlight (a gold-silver blend), and product red. You can add still more expensive upgrades to steel and titanium-cased versions, too.

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Apple looks like it’s staying the course on the rest of the watch’s design, contrary to  of a massively revamped flat design. For anyone expecting a whole new watch (as I was), the seemingly small updates seem like a disappointment. But Apple’s made small changes year-over-year to previous Apple Watches. The only thing truly new about last year’s was the addition of estimated blood oxygen. 

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