Apple Watch Series 9 vs Series 8: Specs, Price, Differences

apple watch series 9 vs series 8

Apple has recently unveiled its Apple Watch Series 9, which comes with a host of new features and improvements over its predecessor, the Apple Watch Series 8. Here’s a detailed comparison of the specifications between the two models to help consumers make an informed decision.

Processing Power and Operating System

  • Series 9: Powered by the new S9 SiP chip, runs watchOS 10.
  • Series 8: Powered by the S8 SiP chip, runs watchOS 10

Gesture Control

  • Series 9: Introduces a new double-tap gesture for one-handed control.
  • Series 8: Standard gestures like tap, swipe, and wrist raise.

Display Brightness

  • Series 9: Maximum brightness of up to 2000 nits.
  • Series 8: Maximum brightness of up to 1000 nits.

Siri Capabilities

  • Series 9: On-device Siri processing for quicker and more reliable responses.
  • Series 8: Standard Siri functionalities, reliant on Wi-Fi or cellular networks.

Health and Fitness Features

  • Series 9: New: Precision Finding for iPhone, ability to log health data.
  • Series 8: Temperature-sensing capabilities, retrospective ovulation estimates, and Crash Detection.

Battery Life

  • Both Series: All-day 18-hour battery life.

Environmental Impact

  • Series 9: Carbon Neutral when paired with new Sport Loop bands
  • Series 8: Made with 100% recycled aluminum, tungsten, and rare earth elements.

Case and Band Options

  • Series 9: Available in aluminum and stainless steel cases, multiple colour options (NEW: pink, midnight, starlight, silver, Product Red).
  • Series 8: Available in aluminum and stainless steel cases, multiple colour options (midnight, starlight, silver, Product Red)

Additional Sensors and Features

  • Series 9: 4-core Neural Engine for machine learning tasks, Blood Oxygen app, ECG app
  • Series 8: Two-sensor design for temperature sensing. Blood Oxygen app, ECG app

Connectivity and Integration

  • Series 9: Second-generation Ultra Wideband (UWB) chip for Precision Finding and HomePod integration.
  • Series 8: U1 chip for Ultra Wideband functionalities.

Storage Capacity

  • Series 9: 64GB storage capacity.
  • Series 8: 32GB storage capacity.

Again, a minor update for Apple Watch Series 9 over Apple Watch Series 8. This year, prices increased as well for Series 9.

You can click here to pre-order your Apple Watch Series 9, ahead of next week’s launch on September 22.

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