The updated 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 does integrate Apple’s announced new fault detection feature into the Apple Watch Series 8 and delivers 20% faster performance with the new S8 chip, which it also shares with the Series 8.
However, likely the biggest update for the Apple Watch SE will be the drop to a $249 starting price for the wi-fi-only base 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.
The Retina OLED display on the new SE is 30% larger than the Apple Watch Series 3, which was finally discontinued after this event. The Apple Watch SE’s new low price point is excellent news, as it’s a much better entry point into the Apple Watch lineup than the $199 Apple Watch Series 3 that’s been for the past two years with its outdated design and relatively poor performance.
Apple Watch SE will be available in Silver, Midnight, and Starlight colors. All models are available for pre-order today and will ship on September 16th.