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Apple Watch 8 early rumors and what we want to see

The Apple Watch 8 is already on our minds, even though the Apple Watch 7 has only been available for purchase for a few months. And while we’re impressed with the latest Apple smartwatch, as we elaborate on in our Apple Watch 7 review, some features are still lacking.

Apple has announced a new version of the best smartwatch every year since the original launched. So there’s a good chance the company is already working on a follow-up to the Apple Watch 7. We haven’t seen any major leaks like we’ve seen for the iPhone 14, but rumors that haven’t materialized. with the latest model could be intended for Apple Watch 8.

As far as we know, Apple is still planning the flat-edged redesign that a lot of people have been waiting for. It could also bring a new health sensor to the Apple Watch 8, since the hardware of the Apple Watch 7 compared to the Apple Watch 6 didn’t introduce much in terms of wellness. In the meantime, watchOS 8 welcomes more workout types, as well as a Mindfulness app for day-to-day reflection.

Still, we are curious to know what awaits us. The Apple Watch sets the standards for wearable computing, which makes early Apple Watch 8 rumors (and watchOS 9 rumors) worth putting on your radar. Be sure to bookmark this page for the latest updates on the possible Apple Watch 8 price and release date, expected features and more.

Apple Watch 8 latest rumors and news (updated January 11)

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  • Here’s everything we want to see from watchOS 9, which is expected to be revealed at WWDC in summer 2022.
  • What’s coming from Apple in 2022? The Apple Watch 8 could be joined by the iPhone 14, new iMacs and more.

Apple Watch 8 release date and possible price

Claimed Apple Watch 8 render

(Image credit: LeaksApplePro)

We don’t yet know a potential release date for the Apple Watch 8. But based on previous Apple Watch launches, we expect to see the next Apple Watch in September 2022.

Likewise, no information is available on the price of the Apple Watch 8 at this time. But Apple has maintained the same pricing structure for several years, so we expect next year’s Apple Watch to match the price of the Apple Watch 7. The Apple Watch 7 starts at $399 for the 41mm model. , with bonuses for the larger 45mm model and cellular connectivity.

Apple Watch 8 design

The Apple Watch’s appearance has remained virtually unchanged since the first model launched in 2016, but the iconic circle has been modified with Apple Watch 7 to accommodate larger screens in an ever more curved chassis.

Although it is early for Apple Watch 8 rumors, there are some rumors circulating. The latest is an alleged render image of the Apple Watch. We can’t verify the legitimacy of this image, but if it’s accurate, the Apple Watch 8 won’t feature a big design change from the Apple Watch 7.

But the Apple Watch 8 could follow the design language of the new flat-sided iPhones, if it gets the upgrades that were previously announced for the Series 7. Expectations for a flat-sided Apple Watch rose when leaker Jon Prosser shared a series of renders earlier this year. Prosser covered the timeline for the major design change, saying his sources could have passed on information for a different future Apple Watch — not necessarily the Apple Watch 7.

A render of what the Apple Watch 8 might look like

(Image credit: Jon Prosser & Ian Zelbo)

Another set of renders released ahead of the Apple Watch 7 announcement revealed plans for a flat-edged redesign. The allegedly leaked CAD renderings shared by 91Mobiles tease an all-flat design, display included.

Could Apple go from its most curved Apple Watch to its sharpest?

Apple Watch Rugged, Apple Watch SE 2

It’s possible that the Apple Watch 8 will come with a cheaper follow-up Apple Watch SE, which will be two years old by next September. Check out our Apple Watch SE 2 guide for a complete guide to everything we know about the rumored mid-range watch.

We could see the Apple Watch SE 2 start at $279 with updated specs from the current best budget Apple Watch.

There is also talk of a rugged Apple Watch designed to better cater to outdoor sports enthusiasts. Whether it would become one of the best sports watches depends heavily on battery life and GPS features.

Rumors of the rugged Apple Watch started before the Apple Watch 7 launched, but according to Apple tipster Mark Gurman it could arrive alongside the Series 8.

Apple Watch 8: What we’d like to see

Better battery life: Apple Watch battery life has been rated at 18 hours for several years now. And while the company has added more taxing features like an always-on display, you still can’t bypass a daily charge. Perhaps with a larger battery capacity and a more efficient processor, the endurance of the Apple Watch 8 will improve over the previous generation models. But we hope every year. Even the Apple Watch 7 was supposed to dramatically increase battery life, but that didn’t happen.

Skin temperature reader: According to a Bloomberg report, Apple is working on a skin temperature sensor, as found in the Fitbit Sense. A the wall street journal report is targeting 2022 as the possible arrival of this capability, which would require new hardware in the Apple Watch to monitor temperature. It’s possible that the watch’s temperature-taking capability is touted as a fertility planning feature.

Blood glucose meter: Blood sugar reading for Apple Watch has been rumored for some time. The Wall Street Journal report mentioning the skin temperature reading also confirms that Apple wants its smartwatch to be able to detect or help monitor diabetes. There are already third-party apps that work with an invasive pump, but Apple is reportedly investigating non-invasive ways to take blood sugar readings. A recent report from DigiTimes backed up that claim, saying that Apple has started working with its vendors to create short-wavelength infrared sensors that can monitor users’ blood sugar levels.

Tensiometer: Like blood sugar reading, rumors of blood pressure monitoring for Apple Watch started a while ago. For a while before the Apple Watch 7 launched, Apple looked set to announce the health sensor, but it didn’t materialize. As we have seen, Samsung is still struggling to get FDA approval for the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 blood pressure monitor. Apple Watch won’t get blood pressure monitoring until she obtains the necessary certificates for the American application. .

microLED display: Rumors have estimated that the Apple Watch could change from an OLED display to a microLED display. This could allow for a slimmer, more power-efficient Apple Watch. MicroLED displays offer better brightness and do not suffer from the luminance degradation issues of traditional OLED panels. In other words, the use of micro-LED screen technology could help increase the lifespan of the Apple Watch, which is only 18 hours with an always-on display.

Touch ID: The current Apple Watch biometric system is quite simple. If you use a passcode, you’ll need to enter it each time you put your Apple Watch on your wrist. Considering the amount of information your smartwatch can contain, we would like more security. Until the Apple Watch gets a native selfie camera for FaceID, TouchID seems to be the way to go. Perhaps a fingerprint reader could be added to the side button, or even under the Apple Watch screen.

Even larger sizes: Although the Apple Watch 7 has gone from 40mm and 44mm to 41mm and 45mm (as confirmed by the Apple Watch bands listed on Apple’s website), we would like the Apple Watch to come in even larger sizes. Current sizes allow for a miniaturized user experience that’s great in snippets but impractical for productivity. Adding a few millimeters to the Apple Watch might not seem like a major change, but it could give the company the option to add things like more powerful microphones and speakers or a bigger processor.