Last year’s Apple Watch Series 7 was a peculiar device. There were a lot of rumors to get a major redesign to match the flat rails of the iPhone 13. That didn’t happen. Instead, we got an iterative upgrade with very minimal changes. Now, according to a new report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the Apple Watch Series 8 could give us another year of lukewarm Apple Watch updates.
Gurman said in his Power On newsletter that the S8 chip in the next Apple Watch will be similar to the S7 chip found in the Apple Watch Series 7. Specifically, Gurman says the “S8 chip will have the same specifications as the S7” . For reference, the S7 chip is the same as the S6, which powered the Apple Watch Series 6 in 2020. It’s been two years without a major processor change for the Apple Watch. Gurman goes on to say that we could get “an all-new processor” in 2023, but the lack of chipset updates this year is disappointing to hear.
Apple is also expected to introduce a new Watch SE 2 alongside the Watch Series 8. “The SE will stick to the screen size of the current model, rather than jump to the larger Series 7 size. may get the same S8 chip as the 8 series,” the report said. It will be an upgrade of the S5 chip from the current Apple Watch SE from 2020.
Gurman goes on to say that Apple could ultimately interrupt the Apple Watch Series 3. It’s something that was already rumored earlier this year, and Gurman is doubling down on it. “The software update removes support for the Apple Watch Series 3, so I would expect that model to eventually drop in the fall. The current SE might slip into that series price point 3, with the new SE becoming the mid-tier option,” says Gurman.
According to past rumors, Apple is preparing a sports-focused model with a rugged case in the Apple Watch Series 8 lineup. As a result, we might be looking at three Watch Series 8 devices. The upcoming smartwatch will run Apple’s latest WatchOS 9, which was introduced at WWDC 2022. It includes four new watch faces, workout app updates, better sleep tracking, as well as a new meds feature. You will also get heart rate zones in the workout app that will measure the intensity of your workouts regardless of your exercise program.