What you need to know
- Some Apple Watch Series 7 orders have already shipped.
- The new Apple Watch goes on sale on Friday, October 15.
As we get closer to Apple Watch Series 7 going on sale on Friday, October 15, some people who got their pre-orders in nice and early last week are already seeing their watches ship.
We saw some orders prepare for shipment over the weekend, but some are already en-route — although it's extremely unlikely that any Apple Watch Series 7 will actually be delivered before launch day.
Apple isn’t doing the “let’s pretend this hasn’t shipped yet even though you’ll get it in 2 days” thing with Apple Watch orders, apparently. pic.twitter.com/VQ0vY8NMcqApple isn’t doing the “let’s pretend this hasn’t shipped yet even though you’ll get it in 2 days” thing with Apple Watch orders, apparently. pic.twitter.com/VQ0vY8NMcq— Matt Birchler (@mattbirchler) October 11, 2021October 11, 2021
Somewhat predictably, mine hasn't shipped yet — but I'm not worried. Apple tends to only mark items as shipped when we get closer to the release date — even if the parcels themselves have been on their way for some time. That's absolutely the case with iPhones in particular, with some orders not marked as shipped until the day before they arrive on doorsteps.
I think we can all agree that mine will be the last Apple Watch to be put onto a truck, right? pic.twitter.com/XdWJ51uMKAI think we can all agree that mine will be the last Apple Watch to be put onto a truck, right? pic.twitter.com/XdWJ51uMKA— Oliver Haslam (@OliverJHaslam) October 11, 2021October 11, 2021
While expectations were perhaps not met when Apple Watch Series 7 was announced due to incorrect leaks, this is still set to be the best Apple Watch that Apple has ever sold. With new 41mm and 45mm cases and a tweaked display, the differences between the new watch and the outgoing Apple Watch Series 6 might not be huge, but they're definitely there.
One key improvement is faster charging, something that will be of huge benefit to people who use their watch for sleep tracking.
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.