I’m Trading My Apple Watch Series 7 for the Apple Watch SE

And I’m doing it for an invisible feature.

Joshua Beck
11 min readNov 12, 2022
SE & Series 7 on Midnight Mac. Image by Author.

The Apple Watch has, for a long time, been a conundrum for me. On some days, I find that it is a device that I am inseparable from, leaning on its ability to show me my texts and music without pulling out my phone and trusting it to keep track of my health through heart rate and sleep monitoring. On other days, I can’t be bothered to take it off the charger. And sometimes I’m still finding myself preferring to wear a good, old-fashioned analog timepiece on my wrist instead of a technological marvel.

Lately, however, I have been using it more and more. I’m going back into the office every other week now, so it is useful to help me keep an eye on incoming messages or calls when I can’t have my phone out, and I’m relying on it a lot for silent alarms and timers to make sure I’m returning for breaks or signing into meetings on time. As I’m readjusting to workplace normalcy (what even is normal these days?), I’m finding my Apple Watch to be a more constant companion. But as much as I’ve been content with my Apple Watch Series 7, there’s one new feature that Apple introduced with the latest models that I’ve started to think of as a must-have. And it’s one that I hope I never actually have to use.