A good man, at my request, brought from Dubai still brand new Apple Watch Series 8, gold col­or.

I gave the watch to my wife. I myself will con­tin­ue to use Series 7. I didn’t order the same for myself, know­ing essence.

essence I’ll explain now.

What is the Apple Watch Series 8?

Gold itself is per­ceived dif­fer­ent­ly depend­ing on the inten­si­ty of the light. On the street they are just gold-gold, and indoors and in dim light — almost cop­per.

It’s like Apple Watch Series 7, but plus two new fea­tures.

What not changed: bat­tery (16–30 hours of oper­a­tion), proces­sor pow­er, mem­o­ry (32 GB), dial size (41 and 45 mm), screen res­o­lu­tion, dis­play bezel thick­ness, drop and water resis­tance (IP6X), max­i­mum div­ing depth (50 m ), design.

Seri­ous­ly, it’s prac­ti­cal­ly the same hours as a year ago. Here, read my Series 7 review, and you will know 99% of every­thing that the Series 8 is capa­ble of and will please.

The stan­dard bun­dled sports strap is gray rather than beige. Just like that, the cam­era of the iPhone 13 Pro Max saw it.

What’s new in Apple Watch Series 8?

We get a mag­ni­fy­ing glass.

1. Temperature sensor.

Tem­per­a­ture sen­sor used in watchOS 9 and app Healthto prompt­ly noti­fy peo­ple with a men­stru­al cycle about the onset of ovu­la­tion. Then I quote my wife: “I already know when it comes.” For the rest of the fea­ture too lim­it­ed use­ful, see below.

Let me tell you the most impor­tant thing: you can’t take the tem­per­a­ture your­self at a ran­dom moment. Per­haps lat­er there will be appli­ca­tions that allow any­one to mea­sure body tem­per­a­ture through this sen­sor. To date, this func­tion­al­i­ty is not pro­vid­ed at all.

When you sleep, Series 8 records your body tem­per­a­ture on the app Health every five sec­onds. If your body tem­per­a­ture dur­ing the night has sharply devi­at­ed from the stan­dard or inher­ent to you, the watch and appli­ca­tion Health will warn you in the morn­ing.

The watch is real­ly beau­ti­ful. Not mine, I don’t like gold, but they should look great on a girl. Even the nou­veau riche will appre­ci­ate it.

The wife is sur­prised that the body tem­per­a­ture is mea­sured only at night and only when track­ing the sleep phas­es is turned on. If you do not wear the watch at night, body tem­per­a­ture data in the appli­ca­tion Health it just won’t.

Maybe you haven’t noticed yet, but it’s hard for me to find the words to describe bewil­der­ment around this fea­ture. Apple at the pre­sen­ta­tion promised a sen­si­tiv­i­ty of mea­sure­ments with­in 0.001 degrees Cel­sius. But it does not allow using this mea­sure­ment in free form and impos­es so many restric­tions, as if you are doing some­thing undoc­u­ment­ed and ille­gal.

I hope all these vague restric­tions are just a tem­po­rary moment. But we were not giv­en any guar­an­tees that some­thing would change in the future. Draw your own con­clu­sions.

This is a mod­el with a 41mm dial.

2. Determinant of car accidents.

It is also built into all iPhone 14 mod­els. For its sake, Series 8 has a three-axis gyro­scope (more pre­cise­ly, the pre­vi­ous one) and an over­load sen­sor. In the event of a car acci­dent, the clock call the emer­gency ser­vices and noti­fy the attend­ing physi­cian and rel­a­tives added to Emer­gency Con­tacts in Set­tings.

The idea is great and cor­rect. Blog­gers have already test­ed it and made sure that the fea­ture works as expect­ed.

Per­son­al­ly, I have not checked.

Series 8 includes a USB‑C cable to a mag­net­ic charg­ing puck, a watch, and a wrist­band of your choice.

3. They are not sold in EU.

Sor­ry. I just could­n’t find any oth­er dif­fer­ence. Because their No.

Apple real­ly mud­died the waters around this watch at the pre­sen­ta­tion and the offi­cial web­site. After look­ing at it and read­ing the resources, it may seem that the Series 8 has a lot more inno­va­tions. In fact, 95% of them are avail­able on pre­vi­ous watch mod­els, that is, Series 7 (and old­er!) And are sim­ply part of the gen­er­al soft­ware update — watchOS 9.0.

Per­son­al­ly, this “sleight of hand” did not go very well for me. I eval­u­ate this trend more neg­a­tive­ly than the insignif­i­cant per­for­mance graphs of brand­ed proces­sors, which in recent years have become so fond of in Cuper­ti­no. Graphs at least remote­ly give some pic­ture. And then every­thing was mixed up. And sit and guess what is real­ly new from this, and what just appeared on your pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion of watch­es.

Unlike the “sil­ver” steel ones, not any “bow” is suit­able for the gold Apple Watch. I would­n’t be able to wear these.

Watch faces in watchOS 9 are cool, and now there are a lot of them. For Series 8, unique dials were not giv­en.

Who should buy the Series 8? If a…

You have Series 7: not worth it.

You have an Apple Watch SE: if you like watch­es and want these watch­es to be in every­thing Bet­ter, then update. The always-on screen is worth it, as is its larg­er size. And if the clock has not entered you as a device, then there is no point in updat­ing.

You have Series 6: the screen will be larg­er, bat­tery life will be bet­ter, and the charg­ing time will be notice­ably faster (by 25%). But you can wait a year, because your proces­sor is the same in terms of pow­er as the newest ones.

Series 8 let­ter­ing is the only vis­i­ble dif­fer­ence between the new gen­er­a­tion and Series 7.

On top are my Series 7s in the awe­some Starlight col­or.

You have Series 5: buy a Series 7 or Series 8 when you get tired of wear­ing a dead watch. Bat­tery life on mod­els with Series 6 and above is much bet­ter than on Series 5. And the screen is also large, it’s direct­ly notice­able.

You have Series 4: it’s time to update, every­thing has been improved both in terms of spec­i­fi­ca­tions and func­tion­al­i­ty.

You have Series 3: sor­ry.

You have Series 0–2: Have you checked the clos­et for a long time, where do they lie? By the way, it’s bet­ter to check as soon as pos­si­ble, oth­er­wise the bat­tery could swell and the screen fall off (I’m not kid­ding). As you check, buy Series 7 or Series 8.

PS Gold steel Apple Watch must be bought imme­di­ate­ly with the same Milanese loop bracelet. It’s kind of sad with­out him. You can replace it with a sports strap in dark green, dark pur­ple or black. But def­i­nite­ly not light, like mine. In gen­er­al, for men I rec­om­mend ordi­nary, “sil­ver” steel. Clas­sic.

The review will be in a month, as we check the main inno­va­tion of the Series 8.

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