Every Apple Watch Model, Finish, and Band Available Now

Apple’s 2020 release of the Apple Watch Series 6 and the Apple Watch SE — the newest models available today — reinforces the widely held view that the Apple Watch is the best smartwatch you can buy. The advanced Apple Watch 6 has every athletic, fitness, and health-related feature available on a smartwatch, while the SE was designed to give a price break to people who do not need quite that level of pro features and case options.

Apple’s stylish wrist computers come packed with an array of comprehensive health and fitness features and the ability of the cellular model to replace your phone for a short time. Our Digital Trends review singles out the Apple Watch Series 6 as “the best, most feature-rich smartwatch you can buy” and the SE as “the best Apple Watch for most people.”

But there’s more than one Apple Watch series available, depending on your price range and craving for the latest and greatest. Several generations of the Apple Watch, including the Apple Watch Series 3, Series 4, and Series 5 are also still available via various channels at discounted prices. We have a look at the Apple Watches available today to help you choose which one is the best for you.

Apple Watch models

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Apple now sells the Series 3, the Series 6, and the SE models on Apple.com. The Apple Watch Series 3 now comes in the GPS model starting at $199. The Series 4 and the Series 5, both similar and discontinued, are out there on various secondary channels, at steep discounts, though it may take some effort to locate them. Buyers on the second-hand and refurbished market may be dismayed at how much the Apple Watch holds its value over time.

Here’s a quick spec comparison of the Apple Watch Series 3, 4, 5, 6, and SE.

Apple Watch Series 3Apple Watch Series 4Apple Watch Series 5Apple Watch Series 6Apple Watch SE
Processor S3S4S5S6S5
Operating System WatchOS 4 (upgradeable to WatchOS 7)WatchOS 6 (upgradeable to WatchOS 7)WatchOS 6 (upgradeable to WatchOS 7)WatchOS 7 (upgradeable to WatchOS 7)WatchOS 7 (upgradeable to WatchOS 7)
Body (dimensions) Aluminum case

1.52 x 1.31 x 0.45 inches (38mm)

1.67 x 1.43 x 0.45 inches (42mm)

Aluminum case

1.5 x 1.3 x 0.42 inches (40mm)

1.7 x 1.4 x 0.42 inches (44mm)

Aluminum case

1.5 x 1.3 x 0.42 inches (40mm)

1.7 x 1.4 x 0.42 inches (44mm)

Aluminum case

1.5 x 1.3 x 0.41 inches (40mm)

1.7 x 1.5 x 0.41 inches (44mm)

Aluminum case

1.5 x 1.3 x 0.41 inches (40mm)

1.7 x 1.5 x 0.41 inches (44mm)

Resolution (pixels) 272 x 340 (38mm)

390 x 312 (42mm)

368 x 448 (40mm)

324 x 394 (44mm)

368 x 448 (40mm)

324 x 394 (44mm)

324 x 394 (40mm)

368 x 448 (44mm)

324 x 394 (40mm)

368 x 448 (44mm)

Weight Aluminum case

38mm: 26.7 grams (GPS)

42mm: 32.3 grams (GPS)

Aluminum case

40mm: 30.1 grams (GPS)

44mm: 36.7 grams (GPS)

Aluminum case

40mm: 30.1 grams (GPS)

44mm: 36.7 grams (GPS)

Aluminum case

40mm: 30.5 grams (GPS)

44mm: 36.5 grams (GPS)

Aluminum case

40mm: 30.1 grams (GPS)

44mm: 36.7 grams (GPS)

Storage 8GB (GPS), 16GB (GPS and cellular)16GB (GPS and cellular)16GB (GPS and cellular); 32GB (GPS)32GB (GPS and cellular); 32GB (GPS)32GB (GPS and cellular); 32GB (GPS)
Screen Sapphire crystal glass (stainless steel and ceramic); Ion-X glass (aluminum)Sapphire crystal (stainless steel); Ion-X glass (aluminum)Sapphire crystal (stainless steel, titanium, ceramic); Ion X glass (aluminum)Sapphire crystal (stainless steel, titanium, ceramic); Ion X glass (aluminum)Ion-X glass
Wireless LTE, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2LTE and UMTS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5LTE and UMTS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5LTE and UMTS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5LTE and UMTS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5
Water resistance 50 meters50 meters50 meters50 meters50 meters
Display 2nd-gen OLED Retina display with Force TouchRetina LTPO OLED display with Force Touch, 1000 nitsAlways-on Retina LTPO OLED display, 1000 nitsAlways-on Retina LTPO OLED display, 1000 nitsRetina LTPO OLED display, 1000 nits
Price GPS starting at $199No standard price listed; harder to findNo standard price listed; harder to findGPS and cellular starting at $499; GPS starting at $399GPS and cellular starting at $329; GPS starting at $279

The Series 6 and the SE models are major upgrades from the Series 3. The Series 3 has a smaller face at 38mm and 42mm for the women’s and men’s models, respectively. Newer models, starting with Series 4, run a slightly larger face at 40mm and 44mm, which seems to have hit the sweet spot in terms of ideal size. Many women found a 38mm watch a tad small, while 40mm is a great fit for both men and women.

If you live an active lifestyle that involves a lot of running and walking, and you don’t want to carry your phone around all the time, or if you’re a speed demon who wants the absolute fastest and longest-lasting Apple Watch on the market, a Series 6 will suit your needs.  The Series 6 watch, like the Series 5, has the always-on display, something that the SE left out, which is more in line with the Series 4 and Series 3. The Series 6, like the Series 5, also comes in titanium, whereas the SE only comes in aluminum. Many other features are exactly the same from the Series 4 on, and all watches continue to use the same size watch band.

If you’re rocking a Series 5, there’s no need for most people to ditch it in favor of a Series 6. However, if you are interested in running the Blood Oxygen or ECG apps, or insist on the gorgeous new blue or (Product Red) colors, then a Series 6 is the only one that o