Apple Watch Series 6 vs. SE: What’s the difference between them anyway?


At Apple’s virtual event on Tuesday, the company launched two new smartwatches: the Apple Watch Series 6 and the Apple Watch SE. Both devices run WatchOS 7, but because the Watch SE is a more affordable version of Apple’s flagship Watch line, it has fewer features and a less advanced S5 chipset. The devices have cellular and Wi-Fi only variants and ship out Sept. 18.

The Watch Series 6 starts at $399 (£379, AU$599) while the Watch SE costs $279 (£269, AU$429). If you’re interested in either wearables but are not sure which one you should get, read on for our deep dive on how these two compare.

Design: Similar looks, but Series 6 has more design options

Both the Watch Series 6 and the SE have the same display and resolution, so you’ll get the same viewing experience. They’re also water resistant so you can swim with them, and they work with Apple’s two new bands, the Solo and Braided loops.

The Watch Series 6, however, has more design and color choices. In addition to the standard silver, grey and gold aluminum colors, the Series 6 comes in blue and red. It also has steel and titanium variants, with different color options in both materials. Hermès, the luxury fashion company and longtime partner of Apple Watch also has new bands of its own for the Series 6.

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