While we all knew that the Apple Watch Series 6 was coming this fall, one of the more surprising announcements during today’s “Time Flies” event was the unveiling of the Apple Watch SE, a new lower-cost version that’s designed to make Apple’s newest wearable technology more accessible to the masses.
Surprisingly, the Apple Watch SE defied some expectations that it would simply be a rebranded Apple Watch Series 3, and in fact Apple hasn’t discontinued the older S3 model, which remains as the most affordable option in the lineup at a starting price of $199. On the other hand, the Apple Watch SE sports the same basic design as the new Apple Watch Series 6, and at least some of the exact same features.
During today’s keynote, Apple naturally put a lot of emphasis on everything that the Apple Watch SE brings to the table for its $279 price tag, but of course the company was also a bit more circumspect about what the new mid-range Apple Watch won’t be able to do compared to its newest Apple Watch Series 6. In many ways the Apple Watch SE is a couple of steps both forward and backward. Read on for 6 things that won’t be coming to the Apple Watch SE, plus 7 surprising things it will be offering.