Apple watch

New report reveals surprising design change

This fall, Apple looks set to unveil three new Apple Watch models: Apple Watch Series 8, a new Apple Watch SE, and what’s shaping up to be the most intriguing of them all, likely to be called Apple Watch Series 8 Pro or simply Apple Watch Pro.

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In his last Power-Up BulletinBloomberg’s Mark Gurman leaks more details, and some of them are definitely not what we expected.

No flat edge design

You might recall last year that details leaked of an all-new Apple Watch design, with flat edges, much like the iPhone 13 and iPad Air (or, to come to that, the new MacBook Air). It was thought to be the new design of the Apple Watch Series 7, although some analysts were skeptical. This striking new look did not appear, the redesign being more subtle.

Aha, said some of those ill-intentioned tipsters, we were right, just a little early. In other words, this design would land this fall. As rumors of a new Apple Watch designed for extreme sports enthusiasts emerged, it looked like this new model, the Pro version in other words, would come with this leaked design.

There was some logic to this: it looked like the Pro would have a case that was 2mm taller than the current Series 7, being 45mm instead of the Series 7’s 45mm.

But Gurman is specific that this doesn’t mean a shift to the supposed cliff edge appearance. He says: “It will be an evolution of the current rectangular shape, not circular. It also won’t have those supposed flat sides (for those who will undoubtedly ask).

It doesn’t tell us exactly what the Pro model will look like, but it does exclude very specifically what many people thought it would be.

How about this display?

This is another surprise. After hearing rumors that the Pro will come with a screen around 7% larger than the Series 7, measuring almost exactly 2 inches in diameter, more details are suggested now. It was nice that the bigger screen was housed in a watch not much bigger than the larger 7 Series. But now Gurman says it will be so big it could drive people away.

He says, “I’m told the top model will be a bit larger than the standard Apple Watch, large enough to appeal to only a subset of customers.

I use a 45mm Series 7 and it’s easily big enough for me, so maybe I don’t fit into that subset. On the other hand, it took me a long time to try out a Plus-sized iPhone and now I’m a convert, so maybe I just need another leap of faith. There are much bigger smartwatches on the market and I think Apple won’t mind them for the accolade of the biggest watch ever.

What is it made of?

The entry-level watch is made of aluminium, the top-of-the-range models using stainless steel, titanium or even ceramic. Gurman says the Pro will be titanium. This is not entirely surprising, given the strength and lightness of titanium. The new report is more specific: “In terms of materials, the watch will have a more durable titanium formulation to make it more robust.”

Titanium, then, but not as we know it on the current Apple Watch Edition.

Battery life

In his final detail, Gurman elaborates on one of the most important things about a gadget: battery longevity. The Pro, he claims, will have longer battery life. Specifically, he thinks it will “perhaps last several days on a single charge via the new low-power mode.”

He also comments that the Apple Watch Series 8 (regular and Pro) will have a body temperature sensor, which is a nice addition for health.

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