Apple Watch SE 2: What We Want to See From Next Budget Watch | Digital Trends

When Apple first announced the Apple Watch SE alongside the Watch Series 6 in 2020, I was intrigued. After all, it was a cheaper version of the latest smartwatch with just the right amount of hits and misses. I bought the Watch SE for myself earlier this year, and while it is an overall champion, there are a few things Apple can work on and improve on with the Watch SE 2, which is expected to be announced in 2022. Here are five things for us. would like to see from the Apple Watch SE 2.

1. A bigger screen

Apple Watch Series 7 (left) and Series 6 (right) Andy Boxall / Digital Trends

The big selling point of the original Apple Watch SE was that it looked exactly like the Watch Series 6. Users could get the latest hardware with some limited software features, like an always-on display.

With the Apple Watch Series 7, Apple moved to a larger screen, giving rise to new features such as a full keyboard on the wrist. If the Watch SE 2 wants to retain its key selling point, we would expect Apple to design the smartwatch based on the model of its latest wearable device.

Including a larger screen would allow Apple to not only pair it with their more premium device (assuming they don’t change the screen size on the Watch Series 8), but it would also offer a whole new range of features.

A larger screen would allow the Apple Watch SE 2 to come with new watch faces like the Series 7. You can also get a full keyboard on the smart wearable, which is missing from both the Watch Series 6 and the Watch SE.

2. Better sleep tracking

Daily activity in the Apple Health app.
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In a world where competitors like Huawei and Amazfit offer nap tracking, Apple is stuck with sleep tracking, which is far from accurate. This weakness is not limited to the Watch SE 2, but I would like Apple to improve its sleep monitoring algorithms.

First of all, you need to establish a routine to track your sleep, which makes the Apple Watch dependent on the iPhone. In contrast, wearables from Huawei and Amazfit can monitor your sleep and collect accurate data in the app. You also get data on your REM, hours of light and deep sleep, and more.

All I get from my Watch SE is the number of hours of sleep, which is also not accurate. If I sleep later than usual and wake up after my established routine on the iPhone, the Apple Watch becomes extremely confused, eliminating inaccurate data.

I would like the Apple Watch to monitor my sleep in a better way, just like the Huawei and Amazfit counterparts, which are way ahead in this regard.

3. Add an always-on display

Apple Watch Series 7 on the wrist from behind.
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This falls under the category of “Hello Apple, could you bring your premium feature to your cheapest portable device?” The Apple Watch SE includes the same processor as the Watch Series 6. There are no hardware limitations (as far as I know) that it does not support the always-on display.

With the Watch SE 2, I would ask Apple to bring the premium feature to its most affordable version of the watch. Hopefully, the Apple Watch Series 8 would have more premium features, so Apple doesn’t feel the need to limit the always-on display in the pricey offering.

4. Better battery life with faster charging

Applications menu on Apple Watch Series 7.
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My Apple Watch SE can last up to 1.5 days maximum. We’d love to see a full 2-day battery life on the Watch SE 2 with regular use.

Better battery life would ensure that I could take weekend trips without worrying about the Watch’s charger, which is proprietary and doesn’t work with anything else.

Apple also introduced a faster charging standard with the Watch Series 7. We hope the company can bring it to the Watch Series 2, so it can charge faster.

Personally, I could use better battery life without any improvement on the charging front, as I mainly charge my Watch SE overnight. However, fast charging would be a nice feature.

5. No price increase

At around $ 279, the Apple Watch SE hits the sweet spot of affordability with functionality. We hope that Apple can bring the requested improvements without price increase, as it has been doing with the iPhones.

When is the Apple Watch SE 2 release date?

Apple is expected to launch a “rugged” Apple Watch and Watch SE 2 alongside the Series 8 in 2022. The ruggedly designed Apple Watch is said to be aimed at sports athletes. While Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman did not reveal an exact launch date, we can expect the next wave of Apple Watch devices to be announced in the second half of 2022.

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