Apple Watch Series 7 Tidbits: S7 Chip, Storage Remains 32GB, USB-C Fast Charging Cable in the Box, and More

Contrary to some recent media reporting, MacRumors can confirm that the new Apple Watch Series 7 is powered by a new S7 chip, although the S7 is based around the same CPU found in the S6 chip from the Series 6.

apple watch series display lineup
Apple announced the Apple Watch Series 7 during its event yesterday, but the watch will not be available until "later this fall." As a result, Apple has so far offered relatively little detail about the new watch, not even publishing a specifications page on its website detailing the specific features of the Series 7.

Nonetheless, MacRumors can confirm several details about the Series 7 not currently shared by Apple. First, the ‌Apple Watch Series 7‌ is indeed powered with an S7 branded chip, which Apple indicates will offer the same 20% advantage in performance compared to the S5 chip found in the Apple Watch SE and Series 5 as the Apple Watch Series 6 did.

As noted by Steve Troughton-Smith, the CPU in the S7 chip carries the same t8301 identifier as the CPU in the previous S6 chip, which explains why Apple's performance claims are unchanged relative to the S6.

There is more to an Apple Watch chip than just the CPU, however, and that's where there have apparently been a few changes that have led Apple to brand it with a new name despite offering the same performance. With the larger display on the Series 7, the S7 chip is likely to have been tweaked to continue providing customers with all-day battery life while still powering the larger, more advanced display.

This isn't the first time Apple has done something like this. For example, with the Apple Watch Series 5, Apple included the S5 chip that carried the same CPU as its predecessor but with the addition of a gyroscope.

As far as internal storage, the ‌Apple Watch Series 7‌ includes 32GB, the same as on the Series 6 and SE models.

We can also share a number of details about the weight of the upcoming ‌Apple Watch Series 7‌ compared to the Series 6:

  • ‌Apple Watch Series 7‌ 41mm in Aluminum: 4.9% heavier than 40mm Series 6
  • ‌Apple Watch Series 7‌ 41mm in Stainless Steel: 6.5% heavier than 40mm Series 6
  • ‌Apple Watch Series 7‌ 41mm in Titanium: 6.9% heavier than 40mm Series 6
  • ‌Apple Watch Series 7‌ 45mm in Aluminum: 6.6% heavier than 44mm Series 6
  • ‌Apple Watch Series 7‌ 45mm in Stainless Steel: 9.3% heavier than 44mm Series 6
  • ‌Apple Watch Series 7‌ 45mm in Titanium: 9.2% heavier than 44mm Series 6

With the ‌Apple Watch Series 7‌, Apple includes faster charging, claiming that it can charge to 80% in just 45 minutes and that 8 minutes of fast charging will provide sufficient battery life for 8 hours of sleep tracking. To support the new fast charging, Apple will be offering a new 1-meter USB-C magnetic fast charging cable.

We can confirm that Apple will be including the new fast charging cable in the box with the ‌Apple Watch Series 7‌. Using the older USB-A cable with the Series 7 will still charge the device at normal, non-fast charging speeds.

On the connectivity front, the Series 7 includes the same Bluetooth 5.0 protocol as the Series 6, but, unlike the Series 6, the new ‌Apple Watch Series 7‌ also has built-in support for Beidou, China's satellite navigation system. The Series 7 also includes the U1 chip, with no apparent improvements compared to the ultra wideband chip found in the Series 6 or last year's iPhone 12.

Related Roundup: Apple Watch Series 7
Buyer's Guide: Apple Watch (Neutral)
Related Forum: Apple Watch

Top Rated Comments

djlythium Avatar
9 months ago
[HEADING=2]Apple Watch Series 7 Tidbits: It’s just a Series 6 Max. Don’t Get One.[/HEADING]

FTFY.
Score: 28 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macsplusmacs Avatar
9 months ago


[HEADING=2]Apple Watch Series 7 Tidbits: It’s just a Series 6 Max. Don’t Get One.[/HEADING]

FTFY.
Really? don't get one? but I have a series 4 and know all my needs..and decided to get one.

guess I won't then.
Score: 28 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dantracht Avatar
9 months ago
Definitely keeping my 6 and waiting for the 8. This is more of an upgrade for older watch owners, if even that.
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dannys1 Avatar
9 months ago

Wow, and I thought last year’s bump was minor. This is basically nothing except a 1 mm bigger display.
1mm sounds like nothing, however it's 20% bigger than the Series 4, 5 and 6...

It's also 70% brighter always on
You've got software enhancements like keyboard typing, swiping and calc
It's stronger, more durable, has better screen protection and is more dust proof (which is useful for someone who actually damaged the sensors in their watch with building dust)
Plus fast charging - being able to get enough for sleep tracking with just 8 minutes of charging is pretty cool/useful
And then of course the new colours.

Put yeah apart from that, it's basically no different...
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iksnirks Avatar
9 months ago
Kinda surprised at the comments in here. Yes, the screen is the only difference, but for many people the screen is the watch's main feature. What have they added in the past few years that was more worthy of an upgrade?
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
anshuvorty Avatar
9 months ago
I am glad that I can still stay on my S6 for another year without any feelings of FOMO.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Related Stories

apple watch series 7 casing

Apple Watch Series 7 the Same Thickness as Series 6, Despite Rumors

Friday October 8, 2021 7:36 am PDT by
Despite speculation that the Apple Watch Series 7 may be thinner or thicker than its predecessors, the latest models have the same thickness as the Series 6. Now that Apple's official specification pages have gone live, it has been confirmed that the Apple Watch Series 7 models are 10.7mm thick, which is the same as the Series 6 models that have today been discontinued. Both the 41mm and...
Apple Watch Series 7 Rainbow Cropped Blue Discount

Deals: 41mm Stainless Steel Apple Watch Series 7 Drops to New Low Price of $449.99 ($249 Off)

Tuesday February 22, 2022 6:38 am PST by
Amazon today has a rare, steep discount on the stainless steel model of the Apple Watch Series 7. You can get the 41mm Cellular Stainless Steel Apple Watch Series 7 with Starlight Sport Band for $449.99, down from $699.00, thanks to a coupon that will be applied at the checkout screen. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors. When you click a link and make a...
series 7 vs series6 screen size

New Image Offers Clearer Look at Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Size Compared to Series 6

Thursday October 14, 2021 2:27 am PDT by
The Apple Watch Series 7 officially hits the shelves and starts arriving with customers worldwide tomorrow. While we have seen media reviews of the new watch, we've yet to see a clear real-world comparison to last year's Apple Watch Series 6 until now. Apple says the new Apple Watch Series 7 features a 20% larger screen than the Series 6, primarily thanks to reduced bezels that allow the...
magsafe duo perspective feature

Apple's $129 MagSafe Duo Charger Can't Fast Charge Apple Watch Series 7

Friday October 15, 2021 1:29 pm PDT by
With the launch of the iPhone 12 models last year, Apple introduced a $129 MagSafe Duo Charger that's able to charge an iPhone and an Apple Watch at the same time, but it's unfortunately already outdated. The Apple Watch Series 7 has a new fast charging feature that requires an updated charging puck, and that means the Apple Watch Series 7 does not fast charge when connected to the MagSafe...
Apple Watch Series 7 Rainbow Cropped Blue Discount

Deals: Take $50 Off the Apple Watch Series 7, Starting at $349 for 41mm GPS

Wednesday January 26, 2022 7:32 am PST by
Amazon is offering fresh discounts across the entire Apple Watch Series 7 lineup today, with $50 markdowns across the board on 41mm and 45mm GPS and cellular models. Every model is shipped and sold directly by Amazon, with stock available for shipping today for most devices. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may...
apple watch series 3 trio

Kuo: Apple Watch Series 3 May Finally Be Discontinued Upon Its Fifth Anniversary in Q3 2022

Monday March 21, 2022 6:10 am PDT by
Apple may finally discontinue the Apple Watch Series 3 when it reaches five years of age in the third quarter of 2022, according to reputable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In a tweet, Kuo said that the Apple Watch Series 3 may reach the end of its life in the third quarter of 2022 because its computing power will not be able to meet the requirements of a new version of watchOS. The Apple Watch...
apple watch series 7

Apple Offering Up to $235 Extra Trade-In Savings for Customers Upgrading to Apple Watch Series 7 This Month

Thursday February 24, 2022 1:55 am PST by
Apple has begun offering additional trade-in savings on the Apple Watch Series 7 when customers upgrade from an earlier model during February, which is Heart Month. Apple is offering all customers who trade in an Apple Watch this month up to $235 in extra trade-in savings to encourage owners of older Apple Watch models to upgrade to the latest model. The extra trade-in values apply to...
apple watch series 7

Apple Watch Series 7 to Come in 41mm and 45mm Case Sizes, Will Be Compatible With Older Bands

Tuesday September 14, 2021 2:48 pm PDT by
Apple hasn't released full details on the Apple Watch Series 7 as of yet because it's not set to launch until later this fall, but the new Apple Watch bands that came out today confirm that the Series 7 will be available in 41mm and 45mm sizes. The 41mm Apple Watch Series 7 replaces the 40mm Apple Watch Series 6, while the 45mm Apple Watch Series 7 replaces the 44mm Apple Watch Series 6....

Popular Stories

iPhone 14 Pro Purple Front and Back MacRumors Exclusive

iPhone 14 Pro Renders Highlight Multiple Design Changes

Wednesday May 25, 2022 8:56 am PDT by
Leaker Jon Prosser today shared ostensibly accurate renders of the iPhone 14 Pro, providing the most accurate look yet at what the device could look like when it launches later this year. In the latest video on YouTube channel Front Page Tech, Prosser revealed renders of the iPhone 14 Pro made by Apple concept graphic designer Ian Zelbo, highlighting a range of specific design changes...
iPhone 13 Always On Feature

iPhone 14 Pro Screen Refresh Rate Upgrade Could Allow for Always-On Display

Tuesday May 24, 2022 7:23 am PDT by
Last year's iPhone 13 Pro models were the first of Apple's smartphones to come with 120Hz ProMotion displays, and while the two iPhone 14 Pro models will continue to feature the technology, their screens could well boast expanded refresh rate variability this time round. To bring ProMotion displays to the ‌iPhone 13 Pro models‌, Apple adopted LTPO panel technology with variable refresh...
iPad Pro USB C Feature Coral

Deals: Apple's iPad Pro Reaches Up to $449 Off in Amazon's Latest Sales

Wednesday May 25, 2022 10:09 am PDT by
Amazon is marking down a wide variety of 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models this week, with prices starting as low as $749.00 for the 11-inch tablet. You'll find the full list of sales below, all of which can be found on Amazon. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep...
apple account card

Wallet App Now Supports Apple Account Cards on iOS 15.5

Wednesday May 25, 2022 5:01 pm PDT by
Apple appears to have recently updated the Wallet app to allow users to add an Apple Account Card, which displays the Apple credit balance associated with an Apple ID. If you receive an App Store or Apple Store gift card, for example, it is added to an Apple Account that was previously visible in the App Store and Apple Store apps. As of today, the Apple Account balance can also be added to...
Apple Tap to Pay iPhone

Apple Stores Rolling Out iPhone-to-iPhone Contactless Payments Starting Today

Wednesday May 25, 2022 6:54 am PDT by
Apple in February unveiled a new "Tap to Pay on iPhone" feature that will allow compatible iPhones to accept payments via Apple Pay, contactless credit and debit cards, and other digital wallets, with no additional hardware required. Apple began testing the feature at its Apple Park Visitor Center earlier this month, and now Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has tweeted that the feature will begin...
apple wwdc 2022

Apple Shares WWDC 2022 Schedule, Keynote to Take Place June 6 at 10:00 a.m PT

Tuesday May 24, 2022 9:06 am PDT by
Apple today confirmed that the keynote event for the Worldwide Developers Conference will begin at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time on June 6, the first day of WWDC. The keynote will be an online-only event, though a select number of developers have been invited to the Apple Park campus for a viewing event. In addition to confirming the keynote date and time, Apple has shared the full WWDC 2022...