There are less than 48 hours until Apple’s special “Far out” event, where the company is expected to showcase the iPhone 14, Apple Watch Series 8, AirPods Pro 2, and an all-new Apple Watch Pro destined people who practice extreme sports. Now, Bloomberg Journalist Mark Gurman revealed that Apple has developed exclusive straps and faces for the new Apple Watch Pro.
In a recent tweet, Gurman said there is “a new set of bands for the Apple Watch Pro that will be quite large and play with an extreme sports theme.” In other words, consumers willing to buy Apple Watch Pro will have access to a new line of watch straps made exclusively for it.
It’s unclear what exactly these watch straps will look like, but Apple could follow a similar approach to what the company is already doing with watch straps created in partnership with Nike. Apple also sells Apple Watch straps created for Hermès models. It’s worth noting that Gurman has previously said that while older watch bands will work with Apple Watch Pro, they won’t fit perfectly.
Moreover, the reporter also believes that there will be new watch faces designed exclusively for the Pro model which will show dense fitness information to users. If true, it wouldn’t be the first time Apple has designed new watch faces for a specific Apple Watch model.
For example, only the cellular versions of the Apple Watch have a watch face named “Explorer”, not to mention the Nike and Hermès watch faces.
Apple Watch Pro design
Earlier today, a leaked CAD render revealed the potential Apple Watch Pro design. Unlike current Apple Watch models, the new one has a larger 47mm case and a flat screen with no curved edges. However, the Apple Watch Pro case is not flat, contrary to previous rumors. The render also revealed a third new side button.
According to Gurman, this new button is “programmable” so that the user can define different actions on it, such as opening a specific application, starting a workout or any other action within an application. The Digital Crown is also quite different from current Apple Watch models, but it’s unclear if this will enable new software features.
Apple Watch Pro should be built in titanium. This, combined with the flat screen, should make the device more crash-resistant.
Apple Watch Series 8 and SE 2
In addition to the Apple Watch Pro, Apple has also been working on two other new Apple Watch models. The Apple Watch Series 8, which is expected to replace the Apple Watch Series 7, will retain the same design and size as the previous generation with similar internal hardware. The main difference in this year’s model will be the addition of a new body temperature sensor.
As for the second-generation Apple Watch SE, or Apple Watch SE 2, Apple is also expected to keep the same design and sensors as the current model, but this time with a faster processor.
Interestingly, a last-minute rumor has it that Apple is announcing another “cheaper than Apple Watch SE” Apple Watch model aimed at kids and teens. Perhaps the company intends to keep the first-generation Apple Watch SE as an even cheaper alternative.
Apple’s special event will take place on Wednesday, September 7, and you can follow full coverage of all the announcements here on 9to5Mac.