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The Apple Watch Series 7 wasn’t quite what we thought it would be. It’s got a slightly bigger screen, a few new colors, and slightly faster charging, but otherwise it’s identical to the Apple Watch Series 6, from chip to sensors. So that means Series 8 will be the one to, uh, watch, in 2022. Here’s everything we know about what’s to come.
Apple Watch 2022: the latest rumors
April 12: Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reports that the Apple Watch Series 8 may have a body temperature monitor to help women track their fertility.
April 12: watchOS 9 would bring a low power mode and improved atrial fibrillation feature.
December 8: Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and Ming-Chi Kuo (via 9to5Mac) both report that several new Apple Watch models will arrive in 2022, including a new SE and a “rugged” version of the 8-series.
October 12: Ross Young of Display Supply Chain Consultants reports Apple Watch Series 8 could be coming a third larger size.
Apple Watch Series 8: Design
We haven’t heard any specific rumors about the Apple Watch Series 8 design, but we had heard a flurry of rumors about a new Series 7 design that didn’t materialize. Front Page Tech’s Jon Prosser reported in May 2021 that Apple was working on a new Apple Watch design, which has flat edges like the iPhone 13 and iPad mini. Additionally, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the 2021 watch will feature an “upgraded form factor.”
Meanwhile, Bloomberg’s Gurman reported in August that “a slight redesign, with flatter screens” is expected, while 91mobiles has released CAD renders of the upcoming Apple Watch Series 7 showing a similar design to the leaked Apple Watch. Prosser, with flat edges and a thinner frame. (9mm versus 10.7mm). It’s starting to look like the Apple Watch Series 7 will look different but not drastically changed (like a square or circular design).
That’s a lot of smoke for no fire, so our intuition tells us that the redesigned Apple Watch has been discontinued or delayed. With a massive supply crisis affecting all Apple products, it makes sense that Apple simply opted for a simpler design in 2021.
Apple Watch Series 8: Display
Apple Watch Series 7 comes in 41mm and 45mm sizes, a 1mm increase from Apple Watch Series 6. This is the first size increase since Series 4, which introduced the 40mm and 44mm models. However, 2022 could bring another screen size shake-up.
In mid-2021, Gurman reported that the Series 7 watch would come with “updated screen technology” while 91mobiles added that Apple may use “a new lamination technique that should bring the front cover panel”. Although we got thinner bezels and a harder coating, the Apple Watch Series 7 appears to use the same overall display technology as previous models. So we’ll keep an eye out for a new screen process in the 2022 flagship model.
There could also be a new size in addition to the 41mm and 45mm models. Ross Young of Display Supply Chain Consultants reported in October that people should “not be surprised” if there are three models in 2022. This would presumably mean that Apple will introduce a larger model in the 48mm-50mm range. .
Apple Watch Series 8: health and fitness features
While the Apple Watch Series 7 has identical health features and sensors to the Series 6, the next model could bring huge advancements. A report by The Telegraph in May 2021 revealed that Apple is a customer of a company specializing in next-generation health sensors, fueling speculation that future watches will have blood pressure, glucose and blood pressure monitoring. alcohol level. However, Bloomberg reported in April that while Apple is working on such a feature, it might not be ready until 2024 at the earliest.
A temperature sensor is also in development. While the feature was originally planned for the Series 7 Watch, Bloomberg reported in June 2021 that Apple had pushed the feature back until at least 2022. In April, Gurman reported that the Series 8 watch will contain a temperature sensor but it will be used for fertility tracking rather than recording actual readings.
In January, Apple stopped selling the Beddit sleep tracker, a device that measures sleep time, heart rate, breathing, snoring, bedroom temperature and humidity. Apple acquired Beddit in 2017, and it’s rumored to bring a lot of its advanced sleep-tracking features to the Apple Watch Series 8.
Apple Watch Series 8: “robust” model for extreme sportsmen
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reported in December that Apple may release an Apple Watch with a “rugged case,” which could appeal to users who participate in extreme sports and events. Such a watch would presumably have a more scratch and shock resistant exterior to better compete with Casio and Luminox rugged watches. A rugged watch has also been announced for 2021.
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Apple Watch 2022: processor and specs
The Apple Watch Series 7 tech specs list an S7 embedded system, but multiple reports suggest it’s new in name only. For all intents and purposes, the S7 chip is the same as the S6 chip.
However, Apple was indeed working on a brand new processor for the Apple Watch Series 7 which never saw the light of day. In June, a DigiTimes report claimed that Apple would use a new double-sided chip packaging process to further reduce the size of the S7 chip, which could leave room for more battery or other components, or to reduce the overall thickness of the watch. . A follow-up Economic Daily news report from China suggested that Apple was clearing space to make room for a larger capacity battery.
That didn’t happen either. Although Apple does not state the capacity of the Apple Watch battery in the technical specifications, everything indicates that it has a similarly sized battery of around 300 mAh. A battery update for the Series 8 is therefore definitely on the table, especially as reports were circulating that a big breakthrough was on the horizon. For example, Twitter account @pinleakswhich is led by Max Weinbach and leaked specific information about the AirTag ahead of the “Spring Loaded” event, reported that the Apple Watch Series 7 “should see its first real battery life improvement since the original Apple Watch”.
Gurman also reported that a new low power mode is coming to watchOS 9.
Bloomberg previously reported that the Series 7 Watch may bring updated ultra-wideband functionality that hasn’t arrived. Apple first introduced the ultra-wideband U1 chip with the Apple Watch Series 6 and has since expanded the technology’s usefulness with AirTag trackers and digital keys in Wallet. It’s unclear how Apple would upgrade the technology in the Apple Watch Series 7, but it will likely mean a U2 chip.
Apple Watch Series 8: Straps
Other than the Solo Loop bands, which are not compatible with any model prior to Apple Watch Series 4, Apple has supported all previous bands with every Apple Watch model, including Series 7, there is so no reason to think the 8-series will break that trend. The Series 7 watch delivered a new set of colors, but did not introduce any new band styles.
Apple Watch SE: 2nd generation
After Apple neglected the Apple Watch SE in 2021 without even a price drop, Mark Gurman reports that it will be refreshed in 2022. We haven’t heard further details, but if Apple follows through, the Apple Watch 2022 SE will be closer to an Apple Watch Series 6, with an always-on display and additional sensors (ECG and blood oxygen). If Apple keeps the same price of $279, this could be a very compelling wearable accessory.
Apple Watch Series 8 and SE: Price and version
As you might expect, Apple has released a new Apple Watch in early fall since 2016, so it’s almost certain that the Apple Watch Series 8 and SE will arrive in September or October. We expect the price to stay the same as well, with the Series 8 starting at $399 and the SE starting at $279. The rugged model will likely cost more, but we need to know more about that.
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