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Apple Watch Series 9 Release Date, Price, Specs, Must-Know Features

Apple Watch Series 9 is Apple’s latest Apple Watch for 2023, officially unveiled on September 12 along with the new and popular iPhone 15 series. This article contains everything you need to know about your new watch.

Primarily, this year’s Apple Watch 9 is a relatively minor update that brings performance improvements thanks to the new S9 processor based on the A15. The 2023 Apple Watch also features faster on-device Siri, a brighter display, and a new gesture called Double Tap (now available in the latest WatchOS update).

By the way, if you want to see how the Series 9 performs in real life, be sure to check out our detailed Apple Watch Series 9 review.

Update: The Apple Watch Series 9 is currently not sold in Apple stores across the U.S. along with the Apple Watch Series 9 as part of a sales embargo imposed by the U.S. International Trade Commission. Apple appears to have infringed on Masimo’s pulse oximetry patent. However, you can purchase wearable products from third-party retailers.

Latest Apple Watch Series 9 news:

release date

When was Apple Watch Series 9 released, and how does the release date match the order of Apple Watch releases from previous years?

Apple Watch Series 9 was announced on September 12, 2023. General sales began in stores on September 22, 2023.

Apple Watch Release Order
Launch of Gongji Market
Apple Watch Series 4
September 12, 2018
September 21, 2018
Apple Watch Series 5
September 10, 2019
September 20, 2019
Apple Watch Series 6
September 15, 2020
September 18, 2020
Apple Watch Series 7
September 14, 2021
October 15, 2021
Apple Watch Series 8
September 7, 2022
September 16, 2022
Apple Watch Series 9
September 12, 2023 (date of next Apple event)
September 22, 2023

price

How much does Apple Watch Series 9 cost?

The Apple Watch Series 9 costs the same as its predecessor, so there are no changes on that front.
The Series 9, like previous premium Apple Watches, starts at $399. Of course, if you want a cellular Apple Watch, the price goes up. The price depends on the size of the watch.
Apple Watch Model
41mm GPS only
45mm GPS only
41mm GPS + Cellular
45mm GPS + Cellular
Apple Watch Series 7
$399$429$499$529
Apple Watch Series 8
$399$429$499$529Apple Watch Series 9
$399
$429
$499
$529

design

What design features, color options, and new band choices are available for Apple Watch Series 9?

There are no major surprises in the design department either. The Apple Watch Series 9 follows the same path as previous Apple Watches in terms of design, sporting a striking rectangular shape with two case sizes: 41mm and 45mm.

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You can choose between aluminum and stainless steel case materials, which are pretty standard.

One difference this year is that the next-generation Apple Watch, the Apple Watch Series 9, will also be available in pink along with the standard color options to match the iPhone 15 colors available this year. In addition to pink, there are Starlight, Midnight, Silver, and Product (RED).

The digital crown and buttons are also unchanged.

Series 9 comes with a new watch band.

Apple has been aiming to be more environmentally friendly lately, and now it’s taking it one step further. With the Series 9, you get a new environmentally friendly watch band, and Apple is getting rid of the leather band. First of all, the Series 9, combined with the new Sport Roof, is Apple’s first completely carbon neutral product.

Nike’s collaboration with Herm├Ęs also introduces new environmentally friendly products.

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This is an environmentally friendly Nike band.

Apple has introduced its new FineWoven material, which is made from 68% post-consumer recycled content and will replace leather bands. Available with Magnetic Link and Modern Buckle bands, leather bands are no longer sold.

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Apple’s new FineWoven band. The photo shows the FineWoven band with Magnetic Link.

display specifications

The 2021 Apple Watch Series 7 was a big step in the right direction for Apple and wearable displays. Compared to the Series 6, the bezels are noticeably thinner and the display is larger. The Series 8, on the other hand, has kept its display pretty much the same. The only difference from the previous model was the watch face. Series 8’s Always-On Retina display features a dust- and crack-resistant screen that’s comfortably bright outside.

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The Apple Watch Series 9 display received some upgraded love from Apple. You can now get peak brightness of up to 2,000 nits, which is double that of the Series 8. Other than that, the display is the same as the previous model.

battery

The Apple Watch’s battery is something Apple really needs to consider. It’s true that the Apple Watch Ultra and the new Ultra 2 have longer battery life, but not everyone wants to wear such a large smartwatch all day (and into the night). So far, Apple Watch battery life has remained roughly the same. The same thing is happening with Series 9 this year.

Series 9 boasts up to 18 hours of battery life and a new low-power mode that can keep your watch running for up to 36 hours.

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As for charging, Apple’s official documentation states that the Series 8 can charge from 0% to 80% in about 45 minutes (using the Apple USB-C Magnetic Fast Charging Cable and Fast Charging Device). The same goes for the Series 9, which is pretty good in our opinion.

Features and Software

What new features, Siri improvements, health and fitness features, and operating system improvements does Apple Watch Series 9 introduce?

Before we talk about the features, let’s first take a quick look at the new chips under the hood of the Series 9. As mentioned at the beginning of this article, the S9 is based on the A15. This chip has 60% more transistors than the S8, making it much faster and more performant. Plus, it features a new 4-core neural engine that processes machine learning tasks up to several times faster.

And thanks to the new Neural Engine, you get the new Double Tap gesture, a very cool feature that was highlighted during the event. You can now control the main functions of your watch with a double tap of your thumb and index finger.

You can use new gestures to answer calls, end calls, and control basic buttons in apps (play or pause music, stop timers, snooze alarms, etc.).

Also available is a new 2nd generation Ultra Wideband. That means you can now track and locate your iPhone with greater precision using Apple Watch Series 9. This allows for precise search (using your Apple Watch to guide you to your iPhone) and HomePod integration (meaning you can control what music is playing on the Series 9’s Now Playing screen).

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You can now also access and record your health data using on-device Siri. On-device processing is now faster and more secure. For example, you can ask Siri how many hours you slept last night or your progress on closing an activity ring. According to Apple, the ability to ask Siri about your health data will launch “later this year.”

Apple Watch is quite popular for its health features, and the Series 9 continues that tradition. The usual features found on premium Apple Watches are also present on the Series 9. These are blood oxygen monitoring, sleep monitoring, emergency SOS, heart rate monitoring and crash detection.

Series 8’s body temperature monitoring function for women’s health is also included in Series 9.

Of course, like other premium Apple Watches, the Series 9 has a variety of workout features.

watchOS 10 powers Apple Watch Series 9

Series 9 comes standard with watchOS 10. The updated OS brings some very useful features to the watch. First, it overhauls the display to ensure widgets are accessible from the watch face. Smart Stack is also available in watchOS 10.

But that’s not all! Apple has redesigned some essential apps with watchOS 10. Weather, Stocks, Home, Maps, Messages, World Clock, and other Stocks apps look slightly different.

There is also a very noticeable improvement in activity. With watchOS 10, Apple Watch devices also offer new advanced metrics and data views for cyclists. For example, if you start a cycling activity on your Apple Watch, it will automatically appear as a live activity on your iPhone. Tapping on this activity will bring up a large screen showing your current speed, distance, average speed, heart rate, and other useful information.

watchOS 10 Activity Updates

watchOS 10 Activity Updates

Lastly, this update adds two new watch faces: Palette and Snoopy & Woodstock.

New watch faces in watchOS 10

New watch faces in watchOS 10