If you need a refresher over what came last year: a larger screen and push to 41mm / 45mm chassis, which brought a slightly larger screen that could show off more information, and that’s the shape we’re seeing on the Watch 8.
The Watch 8 comes in two finishes, stainless steel, and aluminum. The watch comes in four colors for the aluminum option: midnight, starlight, silver, and product red, while silver, gold, and graphite metallic colorways are available for the steel.
All of this is the same as in previous years, and the only changes coming are entirely under the hood. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad design at all – it fits nicely on the wrist, the screen (an OLED affair) is clear and bright as before, and easily flips around under the finger.
A new temperature sensor
As mentioned, the big changes to the Apple Watch 8 are inside, where there’s a new temperature sensor for reading your body’s heat and the new S8 chip that brings a few little benefits.
Car crash detection
Another new feature, but not one that we can test at all, is the car crash detection feature. Using an enhanced gyroscope and an accelerometer that can now sense G-force changes up to 256G, Apple is pretty confident the new Watch 8 will be able to tell when you’ve been in a crash and will instantly alert the emergency services, giving all the data should you be unconscious.
Apple Watch 8 battery
The battery life on the Watch 8 is the same as normal: 18 hours, but able to get to the night without too much of a worry. Nothing really to talk about there, but there is now low power mode, which can extend the life up to 30 hours. This new mode will shut off the always-on display, slow down some of the sensors tracking your vitals and switch off things like auto-workout detection.
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