Apple is widely expected to unveil an updated smartwatch alongside the iPhone 14 this fall, with the device likely to be called Apple Watch Series 8 if the company sticks to its current naming conventions. What can you expect from Apple’s next smartwatch? Read on as we tell you what you really need to know about the rumored Apple Watch Series 8, including likely specs, release date, price and more.
The Apple Watch Series 8 is set to succeed last year’s Apple Watch Series 7, which we currently consider to be the best smartwatch money can buy. If the latest Apple Watch 8 rumors are anything to go by, it’ll be a pretty big update, featuring a design overhaul as well as a new rugged variant full of new fitness features.
Along with the new flagship wrist tech, there could also be room for an Apple Watch SE 2 upgrade. The first model was announced in 2020, and Apple may be looking to refresh its more affordable offering now that this is officially the entry-level Apple Watch – with the arrival of watchOS 9 at WWDC heralding the beginning of the end for the Apple Watch 3.
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Apple Watch Series 8: specs, design and rumored new features
Among the many highlights of WWDC 2022, we got our first good look at watchOS 9, which is expected to launch alongside the Apple Watch 8 in a few months. This gives us a number of major clues as to what to expect from Apple’s next flagship smartwatch, as in addition to offering the usual bag of new watch faces, it’s packed with new health and fitness features. fitness, especially those aimed at runners and outdoor athletes. .
This lines up nicely with Apple Watch 8 rumors suggesting that a third Apple Watch model could be released this year. At present, the Apple Watch comes in 41mm and 45mm models – the size being that of the watch case – but analyst Ross Young of Display Supply Chain Consultants thinks the Series 8 could see the birth a threesome.
It’s gossip that dovetails nicely with a report from respected Apple insider Mark Gurman of Bloombergwho in one of his recent Power-Up Bulletin the installments posited that the Apple Watch Series 8 would also come in a beefed-up version aimed at outdoor types.
Given that one of the most exciting new features in watchOS 9 is the ability for triathletes to quickly switch between Apple Watch running, cycling, and swimming modes, we think there’s a chance reasonable that this one arrives later this year.
Why? Well, round up the slew of new health and fitness features in watchOS 9, coupled with several reports that a new Apple Watch 8 variant is in the works, and you’ve got a pretty heavy rumour. Plus, it could be a shrewd business move for Apple, given that Garmin’s products currently dominate the debate over the best GPS sports watches and generally dominate the roost dedicated to running watches.
WWDC also gave us a new 2022 MacBook Air, which at first glance would seem mostly unrelated to the Apple Watch Series 8. But there are also clues to be found here, as the MacBook Air has been on the receiving end of flat design refresh – something the Apple Watch 8 has also been linked to.
Twitter tipster ShrimpApplePro, for one, is putting all of its weight behind a new flatscreen Apple Watch, like has YouTuber Jon Prosser in one of his videos.
A flatter Apple Watch screen was first announced for the Series 7 and didn’t materialize, leading some to believe it was just wishful thinking. Still, the flatter displays of the current iPhone 13 family, and now the new MacBook Air, make us feel that flat design could be a major theme in Apple’s new releases this year.
Apple Watch Series 8: potential release date
The release date of the Apple Watch 8 has not been confirmed by the company, although it has a strong historical trend when it comes to the launch of the product.
It usually does this at the same fall event that it launches the new iPhone, which usually falls on the second (or sometimes first) Tuesday in September, releasing the product soon after.
There have been slight deviations in previous years, but not many. Take a look yourself:
- Series 1 and 2 release date: September 16, 2016
- Series 3 release date: September 22, 2017
- Series 4 release date: September 21, 2018
- Series 5 release date: September 20, 2019
- Series 6 and SE release date: September 18, 2020
- Series 7 release date: October 15, 2021 (announced September 14, 2021)
Based on the 2022 calendar, we therefore have predict that the Apple Watch Series 8 will launch on Tuesday, September 13. It might be released a week or two later, but don’t be surprised if some or all of the models don’t start shipping until October due to what happened last year and current channel challenges. global technology supply.
Apple Watch Series 8: price rumors
As for the price of the Apple Watch 8, we’re once again limited to educated guesses. The Apple Watch 7 starts at £369 but can go up to £1449 for the most luxurious model. Expect to see similar prices overall, although if there’s a new, beefed-up third model aimed at outdoor athletes, this one might cost a bit more to strap on.