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Apple Watch SE upgrade delivers faster performance and a cheaper price

Apple Watch SE 2022
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An upgraded Apple Watch SE was unveiled today at the company's "Far out" event. The new SE doesn't reinvent the affordable Apple Watch, but it integrates a new crash detection feature that Apple announced in the Apple Watch Series 8 and it delivers 20% faster performance with the new S8 chip, which it also shares with the Series 8.

However, the biggest update for the Apple Watch SE is likely the drop to a $249 starting price for the base wi-fi only model, while the cellular model starts at $299. It's a $30 price cut from the previous model, which puts it below the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5.

Apple Watch SE 2022

(Image credit: Apple)

The Retina OLED display on the new SE is 30% larger than the Apple Watch Series 3, which has finally been discontinued following this event. The new lower price point for the Apple Watch SE is excellent news, as this is a far better entry point into the Apple Watch lineup than the $199 Apple Watch Series 3 has been for the last couple of years with its outdated design and relatively weak performance.

The Apple Watch SE will be available in silver, midnight, and starlight colors. All models are available to pre-order today and will be shipping on September 16.

Sean Riley has been covering tech professionally for over a decade now. Most of that time was as a freelancer covering varied topics including phones, wearables, tablets, smart home devices, laptops, AR, VR, mobile payments, fintech, and more.  Sean is the resident mobile expert at Laptop Mag, specializing in phones and wearables, you'll find plenty of news, reviews, how-to, and opinion pieces on these subjects from him here. But Laptop Mag has also proven a perfect fit for that broad range of interests with reviews and news on the latest laptops, VR games, and computer accessories along with coverage on everything from NFTs to cybersecurity and more.