While all eyes are on the Apple Watch Series 8, Apple will reportedly also be updating the Apple Watch SE this fall. And if you’ve been waiting to buy one, you may have to save a few more bucks.
According to LeaksApplePro, Apple will increase the price of the Apple Watch SE to $299 this year. That’s a $20 increase from its current price and a somewhat surprising move, especially since the $199 Apple Watch Series 3 is likely to disappear. It’s not clear whether Apple will sell the current SE at that price or just push the whole line to the next level.
However, you get more for your money. The Apple Watch SE 2 will reportedly get the newer S7 chip (which is just a new S6 chip), as well as an always-on display, improved speaker, third-generation optical heart sensor and an electrical heart sensor (ECG), according to LeaksApplePro. .
That would mean the Apple Watch SE is essentially a Series 5 with a newer chip. An always-on display would be the biggest upgrade, but an ECG sensor would also be a significant improvement. The Apple Watch SE is a relatively rudimentary smartwatch, with a heart rate sensor and a handful of health features, including fall detection, sound monitoring, and irregular heart rate and speed alerts. An SE 2 with advanced sensors would be an attractive option for people, even with a $20 price increase.
LeaksApplePro also says that the Apple Watch SE 2 will come in the same sizes (40mm and 44mm), design and battery life. The Apple Watch SE 2 is expected to launch in September alongside the iPhone 14.