Apple’s “Far Out” event is going to be on September 7, 2022. That’s when the Apple Watch Series 8 should be revealed.
Apple Watch Series 8 is predicted to debut alongside the new iPhone 14. If reports are accurate, meaning we could see the next generation of Apple Watch on September 7, with pre-orders the identical week and a release shortly thereafter.
According to multiple reports and rumors, it’s shaping up to be a very big year for Apple Watch. That’s because we’re expecting not one, not two, but three fresh Apple Watch models. Of course, there’ll be a new Series 8, the mainstay of the lineup. But reports indicate we will also expect a new Apple Watch SE, and possibly a replacement Apple Watch ‘Pro’ with a focus on the rugged outdoors and exploration. Here’s what we all know so far.
Apple Watch Series 8: Design changes
The Apple Watch Series 8 design may be a tricky one because it could go one of two ways. While there is a very good chance that the new wearable won’t look all that dissimilar to Apple Watch Series 7, last year’s offering was rumored to urge a new design with flat sides but that didn’t come to fruition.
However, the rumors of a redesign are back! A recent report from Apple leaker ShrimpApplePro said that they had “heard from (a) source today that there is a flat front glass display for apple watch display.” The leaker didn’t specify if the flat display glass would mean a different housing for the entire Apple Watch or which models would get the new design.
Apple specifically called out the new glass design on the Apple Watch Series 7 as how to make the watch more durable, so it wouldn’t be surprising to work out that the company goes completely flat in order to improve durability even more. Such a design would also work well for a rugged edition of the Apple Watch if that model involves light, but that seems unlikely for the new model.
In addition to a new display size for the rugged model, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman says that the remake will also ditch aluminum in favor of more durable metal. during a later edition of his newsletter, the journalist believes that material to be titanium.
“Apple Inc. plans its largest smartwatch display so far, a much bigger battery and a rugged metal casing as a part of the upcoming Apple Watch geared toward extreme sports athletes, consistent with people with knowledge of the plans.”
Apple Watch Series 8: Models
According to a report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the corporate is planning to release an update to the Apple Watch SE this year. The reporter says that the new Apple Watch SE isn’t expected to be upgraded to the larger displays featured first in the Apple Watch Series 7.
In addition to the Apple Watch SE getting an upgrade, Gurman also says that the corporate plans to release a completely new rugged edition of the Apple Watch that would be designed for use in extreme conditions.
“The other major announcement this year at WWDC was watchOS 9. That update certainly heralds what we will expect from the Apple Watch Series 8 this fall. As I’ve reported, Apple is preparing three new variations: a replacement low-end SE, a typical Series 8, and a rugged edition aimed toward extreme sports.”
The reports on the rugged Apple Watch thus far point to a possible “Explorer Edition” name and indicate the new watch could feature a more durable design as well as longer battery life. it might make sense for those wanting to use an Apple Watch in extreme scenarios like triathlons, hiking, mountain biking, et al. that require equipment that can take a beating.
Gurman’s reporting matches that of Ming-Chi Kuo and his own reporting back in 2021. Kuo also agreed that the corporate is set to release an Apple Watch SE, Apple Watch Series 8, and Apple Watch “Extreme Sports” edition of the Apple Watch this fall.
Apple Watch Series 8: Health features
Apple is again expected to specialize in health this time around., Reports have suggested that car crash detection could come to a future Apple Watch and iPhone — potentially Apple Watch Series 8 and iPhone 14.
We heard almost a year ago that Apple wanted to feature sleep apnea tracking and detection in a future Apple Watch, although rumors of such an addition to the Apple Watch Series 8 are lacking.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has pointed to a replacement temperature sensor being added, something that Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman recently about confirmed the feature was coming to this year’s models. Gurman, however, says that the technology will provide a general reading instead of an exact temperature, with a feature that will inform the user if they are running a fever.
“The body-temperature feature won’t offer you a specific reading—like with a forehead or wrist thermometer—but it should be able to tell if it believes you have a fever. It could then recommend lecture your doctor or using a dedicated thermometer.”
The validity of the temperature sensor rumor continues to grow as a patent recently filed by Apple shows off the potential technology that Apple could bring back to the Apple Watch Series 8. consistent with the patent, the temperature sensor could detect both the ambient and blood heat separately and then product readings for differential temperature measurement.
Apple says that the technology can detect the “absolute temperature” of the surface it’s measuring, which points to Apple’s confidence in its accuracy. If included within the Apple Watch Series 8, the corporate is likely to introduce some new wellness features around the measurement like other health devices already do.