Apple has a slew of products on offer over the next twelve months, including the iPhone 14 series, new Apple watches, a redesigned HomePod, a new Apple TV, M2-powered iPad Pros, a budget iPad with a USB-C port, a new M2-powered Mac Pro, the often rumored mixed reality headset, a 15-inch MacBook Air, M2 and M2 Pro Mac minis, new AirPods Pro, and M2 Pro and M2 Max-based MacBook Pros. In the latest edition of his Sunday newsletter
Mark Gurman talks in detail about the rugged smartwatch model that may be known as the Apple Watch Pro.
The Apple Watch Pro will reportedly target athletes. According to previous reports, it will have a 2-inch display, which would make it larger than the Apple Watch Series 8 likely to keep the 1.9-inch screen of its predecessor. This will result in a 7 percent larger screen area than the current model, and Apple could use it to display more fitness-related stats.
The Apple Watch Pro is rumored to have a larger battery than the regular model, allowing users to track workouts for a longer period of time, and may have a rugged metal casing. The screen may be shatterproof.
The Series 8 and the Pro are also very likely to have a thermometer for detecting fever and both will reportedly be powered by a new S8 chip, which won’t be much different from last year’s S7, which was based on the 7nm S6.
Meanwhile, Qualcomm announced: new chips based on the advanced 4nm manufacturing technology, which could give Android smartwatches a performance advantage over Apple’s 2022 watches and prevent them from best smartwatches of 2022.
Gurman reiterated today that the Apple Watch Pro will have a longer battery life than the current lineup. He adds that it could provide several days on a single charge. This is made possible by a new power saving mode for apps and features that help extend battery life. Samsung is also reportedly gearing up for the launch of a Pro watch model that lasts three days on a charge.
Gurman also says the Pro could be “a lot bigger than the standard Apple Watch” and “may only appeal to a subset of customers.” That would be a shame for those with small hands and even those who aren’t a fan of bulky watches.
This model could also have the first redesign since 2018 and can show off a fresh look. That doesn’t mean it will be circular like Samsung and Google watches. Instead, it is rumored to be an evolution of the current rectangular shape.
The watch is unlikely to have the rumored flat sides that some insiders expected last year. The Pro model will likely feature a high-quality titanium material to make it durable.
Apple being Apple will reportedly charge an overwhelming amount for the Watch Pro. According to an earlier report, it will be more expensive than the current standard stainless steel variant and could start at around $900 or $999.
In addition to the iPhone 14, Apple is expected to announce the Watch Pro, Watch 8 and a budget SE model in September.