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(Pocket-lint) – Apple is expected to announce a Watch Series 8 before the end of the year, but a number of rumors indicate that the smartwatch will be joined by a second generation of the Apple Watch SE and a more rugged Apple Watch, currently dubbed Apple Watch Pro.
We’ve covered the Apple Watch Pro rumors in a separate post, as well as the Apple Watch Series 8 in another post, but here we’re looking at what we might expect from the next generation of the Apple Watch SE. entry-level.
What could the next Apple Watch SE be called?
- Apple WatchSE
- Apple Watch SE 2
- New Apple Watch SE
- Apple Watch SE (2nd generation)
Apple will likely call the new Apple Watch SE simply New Apple Watch SE when it launches, rather than something else. The iPhone SE is now in its third generation, but the company simply refers to the device as iPhone SE, or New iPhone SE.
It’s possible it will be called Apple Watch SE 2, or Apple Watch SE (2nd Gen), while others might call it Apple Watch SE (2022), but we believe it will simply be marketed as of Apple Watch SE. As of now, nothing is confirmed though.
Release date and price
- September 2022
- From around £249/$279?
It has been reported that Apple may be planning an event on September 13, which matches the company’s traditional release pattern. The iPhone 14 series is expected at this event, although upcoming Apple Watch models are usually revealed at the same time.
The original Apple Watch SE launched alongside the Series 6 in September 2020 and many reports claim that the next generation will launch alongside the Series 8, which is expected in September 2022.
In terms of price, the Apple Watch SE starts at £249 in the UK and $279 in the US. With the Watch Series 3 no longer compatible with watchOS 9, Apple could reduce the price of the original SE model to £199 and put the second-gen SE at the same price as the original.
Either way, the Watch SE will undoubtedly be cheaper than the Series 8 models.
Design and screen
- Same as current SE?
- 40/44mm cases?
- Always On display?
The original Apple Watch SE offered the same design as the Watch Series 6 it came with, but it ditched a few features like the Always On display and the electrical heart rate sensor in the Digital Crown, allowing users to do an ECG. .
Not much has been said about the design of the next-gen Apple Watch SE, although it wouldn’t be surprising to see the same design as the previous model – the iPhone SE 3rd Gen didn’t change the design after all.
If the design stays the same, we can expect a Digital Crown on the right, along with the side button and an overall rectangular shape with rounded corners. The current Watch SE sizes are 40mm and 44mm rather than the 41mm and 45mm that the Series 7 offers.
It’s possible the new Watch SE will add the Always On display launched on the Series 5 as an update, but stick to the same case sizes as the current SE, rather than extending the size of the watch. screen in the footprint. For now, we don’t know yet.
- Same chip as Series 8
- GPS / GPS & Cellular
It has been reported that the next Watch SE could have the same chip as the Watch Series 8, which would be a nice jump over the current SE model. The Watch SE 2020 offered the same chip as the Watch Series 5, with the Series 6 offering a jump, but the Watch Series 7 has the same chip as the Series 6 and the Series 8 should offer the same too.
Even if so, there will still be improvements over the current Watch SE and the same chip as the Series 8 model would see the new Watch SE follow the same strategy as the iPhone SE, offering the same chip as iPhone 13.
We expect the optical heart rate sensor, along with many other sensors and it’s certainly possible that the new Watch SE will also offer the electrical heart rate sensor, allowing users to do an ECG by opening the app ECG and placing their finger on the Digital Crown for reading.
Rumor has it that the Watch Series 8 will also come with a body temperature sensor, but we don’t expect to see it on the Watch SE. After all, there must be some differentiation between the models.
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As with the current Watch SE model, there are likely to be GPS-only models, as well as GPS and cellular models.
Even though the new Watch SE lacks some of the features you’ll find on the Watch Series 8, we still expect it to offer many of the main Series 8 features.
The new Watch SE will also offer watchOS 9 – scheduled for release in September. You can read all about the features that will come with the new software build in our separate article, but there’s more advanced sleep tracking, as well as improvements to the Workout app.
We still expect the new Watch SE to be a great smartwatch, with features like fall detection, great workout tracking, and great smartphone notifications, even if it doesn’t have all of them. the latest and greatest features of the Series 8 or Apple Watch Pro models.
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Written by Britta O’Boyle.