Compare Actual Apple Watch Sizes with an iPhone
Now that we know Apple Watch will take pre-orders at the beginning of next month for a later release date in April, interested users may want to have a better idea of just how big or small given Apple Watch models are. Rounding the numbers, 42MM is 1.65 inches, and 38MM is 1.5 inches. For most of us, hearing 38mm or 42mm means just about nothing, but the Apple Store app has a really handy feature that displays the actual size of each Apple Watch model, giving you an excellent idea of the exact physical size of the device.
You’ll obviously need an iPhone for this, then it’s just a matter of finding the right place in the Apple Store application:
- Get the Apple Store app if you don’t have it yet and launch the app on an iPhone
- Tap on the topmost “WATCH” graphic in the Featured section
- Tap on “View Pricing” in the upper right corner
- Tap on “Compare case sizes”
- Toggle between 38MM and 42MM to see the actual size of the Apple Watch on your iPhone screen
You’ll probably want to hold up the iPhone to your wrist to get the best idea of which model to pick. While the 42MM size clearly offers a larger screen display, it also costs $50 more for the base Apple Watch Sport models compared to the 38MM. Thus not only does the size of the Apple Watch matter to fit your wrist, but whether to opt for the bigger or larger model is also pricing and budget dependent. They both share the same features and functions, though apparently the slightly larger model may have a slightly longer battery life as well.
Ultimately it may be best to visit an Apple Store or reseller to try on both Apple Watch models before making a purchasing decision, particularly given the huge varieties of bands and style variations. Either way, it remains to be seen if the larger Apple Watch will have the same positive yet spoiling effect as the larger iPhone Plus does… time will tell.
This is a little overly hidden in the Apple Store app given how useful it is, but thanks to AppleInsider for pointing this out.