Apple Watch Series 8: everything we know so far

In addition to a renewed iPhone 14 series, Apple is expected to upgrade the Apple Watch later this year. Unlike last year, competition from Google’s Wear OS is increasing. It will compete with the Pixel watch and galaxy watch 5 when it breaks cover, and a slew of WearOS 3 watches are expected to finally start to trickle down. It will be tough, but the wearables market continues to lose Apple.

In the run-up to Apple’s big fall event this year, rumors have been circulating about the company’s hardware lineup. The Apple Watch Series 8 has made short work of this, at least compared to the iPhone, but here’s everything we know so far from both Apple and outside sources.

Design

Alleged renders of the Apple Watch Series 7

With the Apple Watch Series 7, rumors circulated that Apple would be working on a square design for the Apple Watch. Of course with the launch of the Apple Watch Series 7, that didn’t work out. Still, there may be a grain of truth in the rumor. A new but increasingly prominent leaker, ShrimpApplePro, shared a report that Apple would include a flat panel display for the Series 8. Now that the iPhone has flat bezels and the MacBook Air and Pro have recently joined, it’s possible the company has a similar look to the watch as well.

Heard from the source today that there is a flat glass front for an Apple Watch display. Chances are this is the front glass for the Apple Watch Series 8.
I haven’t heard anything about the case redesign, nor about which model.
illustration image only not real. https://t.co/uC6i22Q0aZ pic.twitter.com/DmWh8FOZGE

— ShrimpApplePro 🍤 (@VNchocoTaco) May 16, 2022

Apple is also said to be introducing three sizes for the Apple Watch for the first time in a while. Apple currently has a 41mm and a 45mm Series 7 watch measuring 1.7 and 1.9 inches respectively. The Series 8 could bring a 47mm watch, with display analysts Ross Young and Jeff Wue both agree that the aforementioned new format would have a 2-inch display.

Software

A variety of Apple Watches with new Watch OS 9 features and screens.

At WWDC earlier this year, Apple announced: WatchOS 9 which will power the Series 8. The new update brings more of the company’s “rich complications” and adds additional watch faces, including the Utility, Simple. and Activity Analog. New focus mode features are being added to the watch, allowing you to pair certain watch faces to select focus modes. Just like with the iPhone, the Apple Watch will be a lot more personal this fall.

Fitness and health features also get a boost with updates to the EKG functionality, a new Medicines app, and updates to the Workout app.

“Users around the world love Apple Watch because it helps them stay connected with those they love, be more active throughout the day, and better manage their health,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. the launch. “This fall, WatchOS 9 is taking the Apple Watch experience to the next level with scientifically validated insights into fitness, sleep and heart health, offering users more creative ways to personalize their Apple Watch.”

Hardware and sensors

Apple Watch Pride Watch Band
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Expect the Watch Series 8 to have a compass, GPS, a blood oxygen sensor, an electrocardiogram (ECG), a gyroscope, and additional similar functionality. There are reports that Apple was testing a blood glucose sensor, as well as one that would help measure temperature, but the glucose sensor seems unlikely this year. While the temperature sensor was saved for next year as it wasn’t quite ready, a later report claims Apple will bring it to the Series 8 this year. At the very least, he’s much more likely to show up than earlier in the year.

As for the power, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has said the chip powering the Apple Watch Series 7 will be the same as the 8, dwindling hopes of a processor upgrade.

“For those hoping for a faster chip in this year’s Apple Watch, I’ve heard that the S8 chip will have the same specs as the S7, which was also the same as the S6. However, next year’s models will get a brand new processor,” Gurman wrote.

models

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next the main Apple Watch Series 8, Gurman reports that Apple is also bringing a rugged Series 8 edition and a low-end Apple Watch SE refresh. The Apple Watch SE is said to be an update to the latest SE, which would bring the new S8 processor, but little else as far as we know. we should to expect the Watch SE 2 has a bigger screen and better sleep tracking, and an always-on screen, but it’s up to Apple to deliver on those promises.

As for the rugged Series 8, that’s an Apple Watch built for those into extreme sports. There have been rugged smartwatches from the likes of Samsung in the past, but this would be the first time Apple would jump into that pool — so to speak.

Price and availability

Apple Watch Series 7 on top of an iPhone 13 Pro.
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The Watch Series 8 is expected to cost the same as the Series 7. This means it starts at $399. As for availability, Apple usually launches its Watch alongside the iPhone in September, so that’s when we expect it to debut. to make. It may be made available later if production allows, but we expect an announcement in the fall anyway.

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