It’s shaping up to be a huge year for Apple, and the latest iteration of the company’s market-dominating smartwatch is one of the key releases of 2022. But what’s in store for the Apple Watch?
In this article, we round up all the latest leaks and rumors about the Apple Watch Series 8 launching in 2022. We cover its likely release date, pricing details, new features, technical specs, and design changes. .
Check back regularly for the latest Apple Watch Series 8 gossip.
What will the new Apple Watch be called?
An easy start – this year’s main release will almost certainly be called the Apple Watch Series 8. Of the nine models released so far, only two (the original Apple Watch and the cheaper Apple Watch SE ) have names that are not based on the word Series and a number.
Speaking of SE, however, it’s possible we’ll see a second (or even third) model with a different name released alongside the Series 8. Besides a second-gen SE, possibilities include an “Apple Watch Pro” , an Apple brand would have considered in 2015, or an Apple Watch Sport.
We’ve covered several Apple Watch Pro and Sport rumors over the past few months. They are not as wacky as one might think.
When will the Apple Watch Series 8 be released?
We expect the Apple Watch Series 8 to be released in September 2022.
Apple’s smartwatches weren’t as predictable as its iPhones, but now the company seems to be settling in September as a launch window for its Watches. You can see it in the latest iterations:
- Apple Watch Series 7: October 15, 2021
- Apple Watch SE: September 18, 2020
- Apple Watch Series 6: September 18, 2020
- Apple Watch Series 5: September 20, 2019
- Apple Watch Series 4: September 21, 2018
With an announcement in October, the Apple Watch Series 7 is the only device to buck this particular trend of recent years. But 2021 has been an unusual year in many ways; we suspect semiconductor shortages and COVID-related distribution disruptions played a role in the delay, and both should (hopefully) be less significant in 2022.
Whatever the specific month – and we’re still betting heavily on September – you should definitely expect Series 8 to debut in the fall of 2022.
How much will the Apple Watch Series 8 cost?
Again, Apple has been pretty consistent with pricing for the Watch line, so with that in mind, we expect the Apple Watch Series 8 to cost £369/US$399/AU$599 for the 41mm version and £399 / US$429 / AU$649 for the larger 45mm model.
These are the prices for the Apple Watch Series 7 (2021), and very similar to what they were with the previous two generations as well, so it seems reasonably sure that Apple will stick to these sweet spots for its new ones. models. There are also rumors of a new, larger model (which we discuss below), which would add another price tag into the equation, although we don’t have any details yet on what that might be. to be.
The only newer version to be cheaper is the Apple Watch SE (2020) which currently costs £249 / US$249 / AU$429 for the 40mm and £279 / US$279 / AU$479 if you prefer a display 44mm. You can still pick up the Apple Watch Series 3, which is a very reasonably priced £179 / US$199 / AU$299 for the 38mm and £209 / US$229 / AU$349 for the 42mm, though it’s getting a little long in the tooth now.
If you’re looking for a bargain, you’d do well to bookmark our guide to the best Apple Watch deals, as it’s regularly updated with all the latest discounts across the range.
Early rumors from analyst Ross Young suggest that Apple may be about to introduce an additional size option with the Series 8. He tweeted that alongside the traditional 41mm and 45mm models, we shouldn’t not be surprised if there was a third size in 2022.
Don’t be surprised if there are 3 sizes next year…
— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss)
October 12, 2021
With the Series 7 increasing the display size on offer, in the same frame, that would suggest a larger model would need a larger chassis to accommodate a roomier panel. Could this make room for additional features and sensors? It would make sense in terms of new capabilities, but would it also usher in a Pro version of the Watch? Intriguing.
Perhaps this could be achieved by leaving behind the classic watch frame that has been around pretty much since the beginning and moving to a flatter, more square design, as suggested by tech leaker Jon Prosser and concept artist Ian Zelbo.
— Ian Zelbo (@RendersbyIan)
May 19, 2021
Prosser claims the origin of this new look dates back to when “sources sent me a mix of images as well as CAD files for this new design.” He then handed them over to Ian Zelbo to work his magic, resulting in a rather attractive potential facelift for the Watch line.
This lines up with previous rumors from renowned industry analyst Ming Chi-Kuo and Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman who both said new Apple Watch models were on the way. Most predicted the update in the Series 7 release, but they might see all the details about Series 8 instead.
New color options
This is a perennial design rumor, as it’s easy for pundits to imagine their favorite device in a different color. The problem for Apple is deciding which color finishes will actually sell.
So stay skeptical when you are shown some concept artwork posted on Instagram by the Appledsign account. These show the Apple Watch Series 7 “as it could have been” – with a different, bolder set of colors – and look pretty good. Whether Apple takes notice in time for the Series 8 launch is another matter.
Obviously, with the Apple Watch Series 8 still a long way off, there are few confirmed new features that we know will appear in the next generation. But with so many rumors of previous upgrades that aren’t part of the 7-series, some might finally surface when Apple revamps the catalog.
Improved battery life
Compared to other smartwatches, the Apple Watch can be a bit lacking in battery life.
There were rumors that this would be addressed in Series 7, but there wasn’t really much to get excited about. Of course, if Apple redesigns the chassis (as mentioned above), there might be room for a bigger battery.
Switch to a Mini-LED screen?
Another way to increase battery longevity is to switch from the current OLED display to the popular Mini-LED and Micro-LED alternatives. To be fair, it’s been reported for the new iPads and MacBook Pros for a little while, but almost none have received the new technology yet. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro received a Mini-LED panel, which shows that Apple is starting the transition, and we expect new MacBook Pros to feature Mini-LED panels as well.
In the future, it’s possible that the smaller displays in Apple’s lineup will be early adopters of new Mini-LED panels or even beneficiaries of Micro-LED displays when the technology can be perfected. It might be too soon in terms of cost and production, but it would be a significant new feature if it ever comes to fruition.
New blood glucose sensor
It wouldn’t be an Apple Watch rumor without some sort of new health-related feature. Apple has definitely placed the Watch at the center of its healthy lifestyle universe and if current rumors are to be believed, we could finally see the arrival of a blood glucose sensor. Apple has already filed patents for measuring blood sugar, including those with non-invasive tetrahertz (THz) electromagnetic radiation, which would no doubt be a real boon for diabetics who currently need to use needles several times a day. .
If you can’t wait for the Apple Watch Series 8 (2022) to arrive, be sure to check out our Apple Watch buying guide to make sure you pick the model that’s right for you.
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