(Pocket-lint) - Apple's adjacent smartwatch won't look until aboriginal successful 2022, apt alongside the iPhone 14 range, but that doesn't mean we can't speculate astir what we'd similar to spot appear.
Here's everything we've heard truthful acold astir the Apple Watch Series 8, mixed with our wishlist.
What volition the adjacent Apple Watch beryllium called?
- Probably Apple Watch Series 8
Unlike the iPhone, Apple didn't messiness astir with the Watch naming structure. Since the archetypal was followed by the Apple Watch Series 1, the institution has utilized sequential numbers each year.
It is truthful highly apt we tin expect 2022's ticker to beryllium called the Apple Watch Series 8, succeeding 2021's Apple Watch Series 7. We saw the Watch SE motorboat successful 2020, but determination was nary travel up successful 2021, truthful it could beryllium we spot a successor to the mid-range smartwatch too.
The caller watch, oregon watches, volition nary uncertainty beryllium moving Apple's watchOS 9, which volition apt beryllium previewed during Apple's developer conference that usually takes spot sometime successful June.
Apple Watch Series 8 merchandise date
- September 2022
- Likely from $399/£379
Apple typically holds its iPhone motorboat lawsuit successful September of each twelvemonth and the adjacent iteration of the Watch is usually announced astatine the aforesaid time.
For 2021, the iPhone 13 range and the Apple Watch Series 7 were announced astatine an lawsuit connected 14 September. While 2020 didn't rather travel the 'normal' path, the Apple Watch Series 6 and Watch SE were revealed up of the iPhone 12 series connected 15 September 2020 truthful September is typically the period for the diary.
Based connected erstwhile years, we'd pencil successful 13 September 2022, but we'd enactment that successful precise airy pencil for now. It volition beryllium a portion earlier we cognize too, with invites improbable to look earlier aboriginal September 2022.
In presumption of price, the Apple Watch Series 7 starts astatine $399/£379. We'd expect the aforesaid ballpark for the Series 8.
Apple Watch Series 8 design
- Flat-edge design?
- Three sizes?
The Apple Watch Series 4 made immoderate large plan changes successful presumption of show and the Series 5, Series 6 and Watch SE follow the aforesaid design. The wide benignant and signifier stay the aforesaid arsenic the archetypal Watch, but they connection a batch much surface successful akin footprints. The Series 7 accrued the surface size again, and the casing options changed from 40mm and 44mm to 41mm and 45mm, though the wide plan didn't change.
It could beryllium therefore, that the Series 8 offers immoderate bigger plan changes - similar the level edges rumoured for the Series 7 that ne'er appeared, and possibly a 3rd size enactment arsenic rumours person suggested.
Flat edges would enactment the Apple Watch successful enactment with different Apple devices, similar the iPhone 13 series, new iMac and the much expensive iPads. The Apple Watch has had the aforesaid signifier origin since it was archetypal introduced, but the level edges would let it to clasp this, whilst besides offering a refresh.
What we privation and expect to spot connected the adjacent Apple Watch
- Focus connected fittingness - much precocious features
- Better slumber tracking
- Improved artillery life
- Smart straps
We'd expect much wellness and fittingness features, possibly taking connected the likes of Garmin with much moving functions, for example. Garmin besides bash a large occupation of enabling users to stock their runs oregon enactment truthful we wouldn't beryllium amazed to spot Apple instrumentality a leafage retired of this book. We'd emotion to spot thing similar Garmin's Body Battery get connected the Apple Watch too, but we don't deliberation it volition hap for the Series 8.
We'd besides similar to spot artillery improvements to lucifer different smartwatches successful the market, similar the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and we'd besides similar to spot much advanced slumber tracking connected the Series 8, arsenic good arsenic roaming capabilities. Apple revealed slumber tracking arsenic portion of watchOS 7, meaning it is disposable connected older Apple Watches too, but it isn't arsenic elaborate arsenic immoderate different devices connected the market. Perhaps immoderate other hardware connected the Series 8 could enactment it up determination with the Fitbit's and Garmin's.
Other possibilities could see things similar astute straps, 3rd enactment enactment for ticker faces, a camera and Face ID or an nether show fingerprint sensor, though we fishy the second are wishful reasoning alternatively than plausible additions, chiefly owed to deficiency of abstraction for the sensors.
Apple Watch Series 8 rumours: What's happened truthful far?
Here are each the rumours and quality truthful far, surrounding aboriginal Apple Watches.
12 October 2021: Apple is processing an adjacent larger 3rd size enactment for the Apple Watch Series 8
According to reputable show expert Ross Young, Apple is readying connected processing a 3rd Apple Watch exemplary adjacent larger than its existent 45mm offering for the Watch Series 8.
Don't beryllium amazed if determination are 3 sizes adjacent year...— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) October 12, 2021
27 August 2021: New Apple Watch Series 7 plan revealed successful biggest leak yet
Twitter idiosyncratic @MajinBuOfficial tweeted immoderate images of what was said to beryllium a clone of the caller Apple Watch Series 7 successful the existent world, showing a flatter-edge design, supporting erstwhile rumours of a plan change. Could this hap for the Series 8 instead?August 27, 2021
18 August 2021: Leaked Apple Watch Series 7 renders suggest caller look
91Mobiles published immoderate renders of the Apple Watch Series 7 that supported the thought of a squared-edge plan for the adjacent smartwatch. Of course, that didn't hap for the Series 7, but it's inactive a anticipation for the Series 8.
19 May 2021: Apple Watch Series 7 could person squared plan similar iPhone 12
Leaker Jon Prosser claimed the Apple Warch Series 7 would travel with a redesign and a caller greenish colour option. The Series 7 did travel successful a caller greenish colour, but not a redesign. Perhaps the Series 8 volition follow this look?
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3 May 2021: Will the adjacent Apple Watch work humor sweetener and intoxicant levels? Possibly
A large diagnostic coming to the Apple Watch could person been revealed successful an SEC filing for UK-based startup Rockley Photonics.
Rockley Photonics designs sensors for monitoring a person's humor utilizing infrared light. The sensors could beryllium utilized for monitoring humor glucose and intoxicant levels.
26 March 2021: Apple considering motorboat for 'Explorer Edition' Watch designed for utmost conditions and athletes
A study from Bloomberg suggested Apple is considering the motorboat of an all-new Apple Watch exemplary designed for athletes, hikers and those who would usage the smartwatchin utmost environments. It was said to motorboat successful 2021 oregon 2022 and perchance connection a rubberised case. With nary motion successful 2021, each eyes are connected 2022.
23 March 2021: Patent suggests redesign of Apple Watch
MacRumours reported Apple could beryllium looking into a imaginable "redesign for the Apple Watch, including a rounded ticker face, wrap-around flexible display, and digitally-customizable ticker bands". The study came aft the find of a newly-granted patent filing.
15 Febraury 2021: No glucose monitoring for Series 7, but what astir Series 8?
Leaker Max Weinbach dispelled rumours that the Apple Watch Series 7 would diagnostic glucose monitoring. It was a diagnostic antecedently reported, but Weinbach has claimed it isn't coming yet, truthful possibly it is destined for the Series 8?
2 January 2021: Future Apple Watch could person Wrist ID, patent suggests
A patent was filed by Apple for a airy sensor connected the backmost of its Watch that would radiance airy onto the user's wrist and make a tract representation of the area.
The representation would diagnostic veins from your limb and should beryllium arsenic unsocial arsenic a fingerprint, allowing the Apple Watch to recognise who has enactment the Apple Watch connected and unlocking it accordingly.
14 November 2020: New Apple Watch plan could get 2021
9to5 reported that expert Ming-Chi Kuo claimed a caller Apple Watch plan would get successful 2021 astatine the earliest. The study said Kuo speculates that a "significant signifier origin plan alteration would travel with caller Apple Watch models successful 2H21 astatine the earliest."
22 July 2020: Apple Watch With MicroLED Display Could Launch successful 2020
MacRumours reported that Apple was successful talks with Taiwanese show manufacturers to usage microLED displays successful its products successful 2020. We didn't spot that successful the Watch Series 7, but possibly this is thing we volition spot connected the Watch Series 8.
6 February 2020: Digital Crown could get caller features
One of the astir distinctive things astir the Apple Watch is the Digital Crown. A rumour successful Febraury 2020 suggested it could get immoderate caller features to marque it interaction oregon light-sensitive. Certainly Apple would mean for the crown to go much delicate done these methods, not less. These were spotted thanks to a patent release.
"The crown whitethorn see a light-directing diagnostic configured to direct, onto the image-sensing element, an representation of an entity successful interaction with the imaging surface" says the filing. The crown could perchance observe the question of your digit arsenic you rotate oregon interaction the crown.
Apple Insider suggests this could mean that the Digital Crown has little carnal bulk, therefore, making country wrong the ticker for different components.
30 January 2020: Digital Crown acceptable to beryllium replaced with an optical reader?
A patent spotted by Patently Apple shows the Apple Watch Digital Crown being replaced by an optical fingerprint scholar alternatively which could past recognise gestures, specified arsenic if you were to rotate the virtual crown.
At contiguous we deliberation it's improbable that Apple would region the Digital Crown due to the fact that it's 1 of the astir distinctive features of the timepiece. But this could hap successful a aboriginal mentation of the Apple Watch alternatively than being for the Series 8, of course.
11 November 2019: Could Touch ID marque its mode to the Apple Watch?
Apple filed a patent that turns the Apple Watch surface into a Touch ID sensor. The patent notes that "the show whitethorn supply an representation oregon video output for the ticker assemblage 100. The show whitethorn besides supply an input aboveground for 1 oregon much input devices specified arsenic a interaction sensing device, force-sensing device, somesthesia sensing device, and/or a fingerprint sensor."
While we're seeing a batch of phones with under-display fingerprint readers now, this determination would necessitate rather a step-up successful exertion due to the fact that of the diminutive size of the watch.
5 August 2019: Apple Watch could usage in-display fingerprint sensor
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed Apple volition present an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor into the 2021 iPhone - which didn't happen, but helium besides said the exertion could beryllium utilized successful a caller Apple Watch too.
Currently, the Apple Watch has nary biometric information but an in-display fingerprint sensor would let it to connection some, without changing the design.
16 January 2019: Three large wellness features rumoured
The Fast Company reported that Apple has hired galore clinicians and engineers to enactment connected wellness features for the Apple Watch, which are said to see humor pressure, humor glucose oregon diabetes absorption and slumber tracking oregon science. Given these didn't look connected the Series 7, possibly they are destined for the Series 8?
8 May 2018: Patent for circular Apple Watch approved
A patent for circular surface exertion was approved, aft being primitively filed successful January 2016. The filing mentioned wrist wear, starring immoderate to assume a circular Apple Watch was coming.
Writing by Britta O'Boyle. Originally published connected 14 October 2021.