Apple Watch Series 8 is still months away, but widespread speculation has begun about its design, specs, features, price, and release date. The leaks and rumors also started coming in. Find out everything we know about Apple’s next wearable device here.
Apple has been announcing a new version of its smartwatch every year since 2016, and the Series 7 was launched last year in September alongside the iPhone 13 lineup. Apple plans to turn the next smartwatch into a breakthrough piece with some health features very useful, a Mindfulness app and more inclusions.
It also plans to use the flat-edged redesign that many Apple fans have come to expect. There are also reports that Apple will also launch a rugged version of the smartwatch geared towards sportsmen and athletes, and the next budget variant, namely Apple Watch SE 2.
Apple Watch Series 8: what is the release date?
Apple has yet to confirm the release date of the Apple Watch Series 8. However, judging from previous launches, they tend to release the smartwatch in September every year alongside the new iPhone line. .
According to Jon Prosser, Apple will launch new products on Tuesday, September 8 via press release at 9:00 a.m. EST. Potential new products include a new iPad and Apple Watch pic.twitter.com/sLgDoPshWJ
— Apple Hub (@theapplehub) September 6, 2020
We therefore expect the Apple Watch 8 to arrive in the second week of September 2022, along with the upcoming iPhone 14 lineup. There were no talks of the next smartwatch during the recent Apple Peek Performance Event That is.
Apple Watch Series 8 design and variants
Apple hasn’t made many changes to the basic design of the Apple Watch since its debut. The design remained visually unchanged, only the iconic circle was customized with the latest model to sport larger screens in a curvier chassis.
However, there are rumors of designs floating around the web, one of LeaksApplePro on Twitter, that Apple Watch 8 will not have many design differences from Series 7, and there would be very few differences. The Set of parallel openings instead of just one would be the only noticeable change.
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Upon receiving the CAD files and images, this will be the only noticeable design change from Series 7 to Series 8.
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— LeaksApplePro (@LeaksApplePro) November 18, 2021
Ross Young, a renowned Display analyst suggests that the Apple Watch Series 8 will come in three sizes, instead of the usual two. The new third size would be larger alongside the 41mm and 45mm size variants.
There is also speculation that the Apple Watch 8 may follow the design concept of the latest flat-edge iPhones. Eminent initiate, Jon Prosseralso shared a series of renders supporting a similar design ahead of the Apple Watch 7 launch.
However, he further mentioned that the design could be developed for future smartwatches, and it’s likely the Apple Watch Series 8 could use it.
Apple Watch and Apple Watch SE 2 Rugged
Apple is reportedly developing a rugged variant of the Apple Watch specifically designed for sports enthusiasts, athletes, and people who regularly engage in outdoor physical activity. This rugged Apple Watch would also launch alongside the Series 8.
It will be a stronger, tougher and more protective variant of the classic Apple Watch. The appearance will also be more robust than ever.
Marc Gurman Bloomberg also reported that Apple is developing a rugged smartwatch and the upcoming Apple Watch SE. The Apple Watch SE 2 will be the entry-level version with a more affordable price. He also claimed that the three models would be launched together.
Apple Watch Series 8 specs and features
The Apple Watch Series 8 will likely use a faster SoC to bring performance improvements as the previous model had no changes. It would still use the Retina LTPO OLED with a peak brightness of 1000 nits and 326PPI.
Apple’s next smartwatch is also expected to run on WatchOS 8, or 8.5 if available at launch. Apple is reportedly developing several new health features for upcoming smartwatches, according to The Wall Street Journal.
These upcoming features include blood pressure monitoring, a thermometer for fertility and sleep tracking, sleep apnea detection, and diabetes detection (blood sugar monitoring). However, it is unknown how many of them will be available in Watch 8.
Apple is also working on a car crash detection feature for the Apple Watch which may be available this year. It will use sensors like the accelerometer to detect car crashes and then report them to emergency contacts. Chances are the Apple Watch Series 8 has it.
According to Rolfe Winkler of the Wall Street Journal, Apple is planning a new feature that would allow an iPhone and an Apple Watch to detect a car accident and automatically call emergency services in 2022. The feature would use device sensors such as the accelerometer. pic.twitter.com/UdVAkaNpxR
— Apple Hub (@theapplehub) November 2, 2021
There are also reports that Apple will add a temperature sensor to the Apple Watch this year, however, Bloomberg mentions that the company has abandoned this plan for the time being. Bloomberg’s Marc Gurman suggests the Apple Watch 8 will feature major “activity tracking” updates.
What do Apple patents reveal?
Apple has filed patents for several notable technologies that they may use in upcoming Apple smartwatches. However, it is uncertain whether they will use them in Series 8 or not.
The first is a patent for biometric authentication that would identify the wearer’s skin pattern for identity verification and eliminate the need for a password to unlock the device.
Another patent is for a self-tightening Apple Watch strap that will be adjustable depending on the situation. When you participate in strenuous activities like running or exercising, it tightens to measure accurate heart readings. However, it later loosens automatically when you relax.
There is another patent that adds an LED indicator on the Apple Watch strap to view the progress of an activity or task. The company has also patented a sensor for its watch that could monitor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, while there is another patent for the smartwatch’s under-display camera.
Apple Watch Series 8 Expected Price
Apple has used the same pricing concept for the Watch series for several years. We anticipate that the price will still be the same this year as well. This means the Apple Watch 8 could be available for $399 for the base model with a 41mm size.
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The price of larger models will increase. It will be interesting to see the price of the supposed third and larger variant. There are rumors available suggesting that Apple Watch SE 2 might feature a slight price change. It will be available between $279 and $329.
As we approach Apple’s launch event in September, more details will become available for the upcoming Watch Series 8. We’ll continue to update them here. Be sure to continue to check in with us frequently.