Apple today announced the Watch SE, a cheaper update to its wearable line. It comes in at $279, making it significantly cheaper than the $399 Series 6.Unlike the Series 6, it features Apple’s older S5 chip. It features most of an equivalent tracking capabilities as its costlier sibling, sans the flamboyant new blood oxygen sensor and ECG.
Meaning you get waterproofing, pulse and VO2 Max tracking, sleep monitoring, fall detection, and more. And like other Apple Watch options, you’ll choose Bluetooth or cellular options.Though the lower cost is appreciated, it’s worth noting Apple remains selling the Watch Series 3 for fewer at $199 — and it still does most of what the SE does. The SE does have a 30 percent larger screen with thinner bezels — to not mention a 2x faster processor — but the Series 3 remains an honest option who those that don’t need the newest and greatest. The Apple Watch SE becoming available this Friday, September 18.