The first owners from South Korea faced the frightening consequences of the operation of the inexpensive Apple Watch SE smartwatch model. Today it became known about at least six confirmed cases of severe overheating of the gadget. Moreover, in some cases, this led not only to fatal damage to the display; but also to burns to the wrist of the wearers. The problem arose a few days after the purchase, and the appearance of a yellow spot on the screen was a clear sign of it.
Apple Watch SE has a severe overheating issue
Some users discovered overheating while charging the gadget, and some were less fortunate and overheating occurred while wearing them on the hand, which caused the burn. It is reported that three of the six users who reported the problem have already received a refund from Apple. The massiveness of the problem is still difficult to assess. But the Phonearena publication suggests that the Apple Watch SE was unsuccessful for South Korea. And only the 40-mm version of the device with both GPS and LTE modems is affected by the problem.
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Apple Watch SE is the company’s affordable wearable with $279 starting price
The key highlight of the affordable wearable is the fact that it is two times faster than the Series 3 lineup. Apple is pitching the Watch SE as the successor to the three-generation older Apple Watch Series 3. Even though it is an affordable option, it still comes packed with most of the features from the three-year-old offering. The affordable wearable comes packed with a bunch of features such as fall detection, compass, always-on altimeter, sleep tracking, and other common features that we see with Apple smartwatches.
Furthermore, it also comes with a swim-proof chassis along with face sharing. Under the hood, Apple Watch SE makes use of the S5 chipset which we also saw with the previous-gen Series 5 lineup. The chipset is the reason why the product offers two times faster performance. Talking about the build quality, the Watch SE is built on 100% recyclable aluminum. When it comes to design, the Watch SE looks a lot similar to the older Series 4 offering.
Since we’re looking at the new 2020 affordable watch, it will also come with new watch faces and Family Setup. The latter allows users to pair their children’s smartwatches even if they don’t have a personal smartphone. With that said, the smartwatch also misses out on a key feature namely always-on display. The Watch SE runs on the latest watchOS 7 which was unveiled back in WWDC 2020.
Apart from Watch SE, Apple is also offering a subscription-based service called Fitness Plus. Through this service, users will be able to join virtual classes and workouts. Apple Watch SE buyers will get free three months of the service which costs $9.99 per month.