In three days, Apple will announce a new Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch Pro and Apple Watch SE 2. In its To light up newsletter, Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman shares the latest on these new watches ahead of Wednesday’s iPhone 14 event.
While many rumors have swirled this year regarding these three watches, Gurman brings his latest information on the Apple Watch Series 8 series. Here’s what you need to know:
- Apple Watch Series 8: This watch will bring a new body temperature sensor, as already covered, and women’s health features related to fertility;
- Apple Watch SE 2: This watch will retain the same look as its first generation, but will see an upgrade from the S5 chip to the S8 chip – which should have many similarities to the S6 and S7 processors.
For the Apple Watch Pro, Bloomberg‘s reporter has the most information. Along with the S8 chip, body temperature sensor, and women’s health feature, this rugged, high-end watch will be aimed at “intensive athletes like mountain bikers, hikers, and marathon runners.”
With a “significantly larger display”, it will feature redesigned watch faces, more fitness and health tracking stats, a larger battery and the rumored low power mode.
Gurman says this device “probably won’t appeal to all consumers, as it will be larger than most wristbands.” On the retro compatibility controversy, the reporter doubled down on the fact that “given the larger size, older Apple Watch bands may not appear to line up with the device, but the new case is designed so that existing wristbands can still work”.
The journalist also mentions Garmin’s competitiveness and price:
The device should appeal to people who have coveted the equally sizable Garmin offerings. Apple has been working on this new watch for some time (…) I expect this watch to cost at least $900 to $1000, surpassing the current Apple Watch edition. For comparison, Garmin’s high-end watches cost between $1,000 and $1,500. Amazfit also competes in this category, although generally at lower prices.
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