Apple Watch History (Series 0-7)

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So, what is the Apple Watch history? Apple is known for releasing some of the most popular and useful technology.

Since it was released in 2015, the Apple Watch has been a favorite for individuals of all ages. Its sleek design and fashionable appearance make it essential for staying connected, staying organized, and looking great at the same time. 

After years of researching which watches are ideal for family and friends and working with them over the years, I’ve gathered some insightful information about this classic piece of technology. 

Consider the information I’ve gathered after years of research and working with Apple watches for myself and my family. Use this information to learn more about the Apple Watch and its rich history over the years.

The Beginning: Series 0

The original Apple Watch was released in 2015 and had somewhat of a rough start. It was prone to many updates and had several issues needing improvement. The series 0, as it was known, Lewis to Trail for the Apple Watches of today.

What sets the Apple Watch apart from other smartwatches is that they have stayed true to its original design throughout the years and have tweaked and improved on this style. The original came in appealing sizes for those with smaller wrists, which was new to the market. They also had a standard size ideal for most wrist widths. 

Some key features made Apple stand out, which included the following. 

  • An 18-hour battery life
  • Three Activity Rings
  • Unique method for switching bands
  • OLED display
  • Supported third-party apps 
  • Heart monitor 

This version was known for having issues with bugs and needed frequent updating. It was a rough start for the Apple Watch, but a breakthrough nonetheless.

Second Edition: The Apple Watch Series 1

Apple Watch History

For the Series 1 Apple Watch, the price dropped to just over $250 and sped up the processes with a dual-core processor.

The old features remained intact, with the primary changes being to the operating system, 3 and improved speed, and reduced problems with bugs. This version was released the following year, in 2016. 

Big Improvements: Apple Watch Series 2

Apple Watch Series 2

The Apple Watch Series 2 added some new features and improved on some original features. 

  • GPS
  • Water resistant up to 50 meters
  • Improved display 
  • New Breathe app

This version was released the same year in 2016 as Series 1, which gave consumers more options

More Connectivity: The Apple Watch Series 3

Apple Watch Series 3

The series 3 provided new connectivity features that allowed users to have LTE as an add-on via their carrier. Additionally, they added even more useful features. 

  • Siri
  • Barometric altimeter
  • S3 processor

Released in late 2017, the Series 3 had faster speeds and performance, with fewer bugs than ever. 

More Streamlined: The Apple Watch Series 4

Apple Watch Series 4

The Series 4 focused on streamlined features, connectivity, and visibility. It was all-around a more comprehensive upgrade than its predecessors. 

  • Hepatic feedback
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Faster speeds with the S4 chip
  • Larger screen
  • ECG

Released in 2018, this model improved the appearance and usability for users of all ages to appeal to a wider market. 

More Visually Appealing: The Apple Watch Series 5

Apple Watch Series 5

This version was released in 2019 and improved many of its visual features. It also added a critical safety feature. 

  • Emergency calls
  • Ambient light upgrades
  • Ceramic edition 
  • Directional compass
  • Always-on feature for display

The addition of Apple’s LTPO technology allowed for the Always-on feature.

Focus on Health: The Apple Watch Series 6

Apple Watch Series 6

The Apple Watch Series 6 was released in late 2020. It was more focused on improving health-related apps and offering more variety. 

  • New colors
  • WiFi heart rate sensor
  • Sleep tracker
  • Oxygen tracker
  • Brighter screen settings
  • Faster processor (S6) speeds 

The primary upgrades were health-focused on helping individuals track their breathing and sleep patterns while improving heart activity tracking. 

Better Pricing: The Apple Watch SE

Apple Watch SE

Released in 2020, the Apple Watch SE was all about affordability.

It was priced at just under $300 and featured cellular service as an add-on feature. 

Convenience Features: The Apple Watch Series 7

Apple Watch Series 7

The Apple Watch Series 7 was released in 2021 and was focused on looks and convenience features. 

  • Dust resistant
  • Keyboard
  • Faster charging
  • Larger screen

There were no new upgrades besides faster-charging speeds and an onboard keyboard. The screen was slightly larger, however, which made viewing easier. 

Eagerly Anticipating: The Apple Watch Series 8

Apple Watch Series 8

The Apple Watch Series 8 is set for release in September of 2022.

Although no official specifications have been released, it’s rumored to have a new design and new features. 


The Apple Watch has made its mark on the smartwatch industry and has provided revolutionary features that add to its usability, convenience, and popularity.

We are currently awaiting the new release with hopes of even more useful technology and streamlined design. 

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Joe Davies
Joe has a keen interest in wearable tech, after running marathons and triathlons and trying just about every Garmin watch there is.