There's something strange about this Apple Watch Series 7 launch — where are the prices?

Apple Watch Series 7 Aluminum colors
Apple Watch Series 7 Aluminum colors (Image credit: Apple)

As soon as Apple announced Apple Watch Series 7 last month, things started to get weird. We knew things were off when Apple announced the new wearable but wouldn't tell us when it would go on sale. Instead, all we were told was that a launch would happen this fall. Sure enough, today saw the announcement — pre-orders are live on Friday, October 8. But that isn't the end of it.

Now we know Apple Watch Series 7 will be available for pre-order in a few days and that the watch will go on sale on Friday, October 15. We also know that the watch will start at $399 (opens in new tab). But that's it. That's as much as we know. It's all so ... strange. We don't even know what adding cellular to the mix will do to the price. Want to know how much a 45mm Apple Watch Series 7 will cost? Guess. That's all you can do.

We've not seen any kind of configurator for band and color combinations, either. If you wanted to plan your pre-order out ahead of go-time, you're out of luck. It's the complete opposite of the iPhone 13 pre-preorder situation that we were all lauding just a few short weeks ago. It's as if Apple doesn't know the answers to any of these questions, and that's the strangest of all.

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Apple, of course, continues to sell the Apple Watch Series 6, so that's all present and correct right now. But with attention turning to Apple Watch Series 7, it's as if Apple is just going to dump everything on Friday morning and leave everyone to it. You're going to need to decide on case size, color, and band combination on the fly — all while also learning the pricing for the first time, too.

Are we in for a shock when those prices land? Maybe, but I would imagine that any price increase would also see the $399 model change, too. It hasn't, so it's a reasonably safe bet pricing will mimic previous years. Which makes this situation all the weirder. Why not just put pricing and configuration options on the site now, so we can all get ready?

The one thing we do know is arguably the most important — Apple Watch Series 7 pre-orders go live on Friday, October 8, at 5 a.m. PDT. Just try to get there early and try and have a plan for what you want to buy, if anything. Because you're going to have to make a few decisions quickly. You could just skip launch day and wait, of course — and risk missing out on the best Apple Watch yet. But where's the fun in that?

Oliver Haslam
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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.

7 Comments
  • It’s even more confusing if you’re outside the US as pricing there isn’t even guaranteed. The new iPhone pricing was cheaper in the UK than the 12 so there’s a small hope for a reduction in pricing!
  • I'm in the UK too and the iPhone 13 pricing was definitely a nice surprise!
  • The suggestion/rumor of the last minute change (this was not the S7 Apple wanted) has caused this abnormal preorder? Or simply parts shortages has Apple still working out the details up to last minute? Or is Apple purposefully trying to be coy as they sometimes do with their event invites — such as the S7 has a little more than the event outlined(however unlikely that is)?
    We have3 days to find out.
  • I'll trade in my 44mm GPS AWS6 for a 45mm blue GPS AWS7. But, unlike the iPhone 13 Pro Max, I'm not in a hurry to pick one up. I'll wait until they're readily available.
  • Amen to the configurator. For me that's a really strong component of shopping online for a new Apple Watch.
  • Especially given the sheer number of options at hand!
  • I’m still on AWS4, 44mm. I suspect I might finally upgrade now that another redesign has finally arrived. The screen increases is a bigger selling point to me than the always-on feature that showed up with Series 5.