Mark Gurman is back today with a new edition of his Switch newsletter
and has spilled a lot of tea over the Apple products expected to arrive between fall 2022 and the first half of 2023. The insider says to expect four new iPhone 14 models, three Apple Watch variants, Macs with M2 and M3 processors, iPads, refreshed AirPods Pro, a HomePod, an updated Apple TV, and the long-rumored headset.
In recent years Apple Watch Series 7 is powered by the S7 chip, which is not much different from the previous generation chip S6 chip. Gurman has hinted that the S8 chip that will power the Watch Series 8 may not be faster than the S7, as it will have the same specs as the older chip. Next year we can expect a completely new chip.
Gurman also reiterates that Apple’s 2022 smartwatch lineup will include three models: Check out Series 8, a new budget SE model, and a robust model aimed at athletes.
The next Watch SE will apparently have the same screen size as the 2020 model, meaning the display will be 1.78-inches. However, it is rumored that the new S8 chip will be packaged, which should make it significantly faster than the outgoing model supported by the S5 chip.
The Apple Watch Series 3 is not eligible for the latest version of Apple’s smartwatch operating system, watchOS 9, which was announced earlier this month at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in 2022, so it looks like the writing is on the wall for this model to be discontinued.
Gurman believes the current SE model could be relegated to the Watch Series 3 price. For reference, the Series 3 starts at $199 and the Watch SE retails for $279.
watchOS 9 brings improved workout tracking. New features include multisport workouts that allow wearables to automatically switch between running, cycling and swimming tracking; training zones; track altitude; and new running stats. With these new features, Apple seems to be laying the foundation for the rugged watch. This could make it popular smartwatch choice among people who use watches in extreme environments.
According to reports, the watch, sometimes referred to as the Explorer Edition by Apple, will have the same functionality as the standard model, but offer additional impact resistance and protection. It can have a rubberized exterior, making it more durable than watches with aluminum, titanium, and stainless steel cases.
The The Watch Series 8 is rumored to have a body temperature sensor and may also get a new power-saving mode that will allow some apps and functions to run without sacrificing battery life. The new model can also show off an updated design with a flat screen and chamfered edges.
If Apple follows last year’s cadence, the Watch Series 8 will be announced in September alongside the iPhone 14 series.