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“Apple Watch Series 8” Rumored Features

series 8 rumored features
series 8 rumored features

The “Apple Watch Series 8” will be released in late 2022, with rumored features including temperature measurement, a rugged extreme sports variant, and a possible flat redesign. The 2021 Apple Watch Series 7 changed very little about the design and feature set, so big updates may be coming.

● Temperature sensing
● Ruggedized extreme sports or Pro model
● Flat-sided redesign or model
● Faster SoC
● Longer battery life
● Same $399 starting price
● Flat-edged render by Front Page Tech

Like clockwork, Apple is expected to release another Apple Watch in September 2022. However, rumors are divided on what Apple could do with the “Apple Watch Series 8,” from introducing a new extreme sports model to temperature sensing capabilities.

The Apple Watch Series 7 was seen as a relatively minor upgrade compared to previous years, so customers hope to see more radical changes or features in the 2022 model. One notable leaker, Jon Prosser, shared flat-sided renders of a device initially believed to be the Apple Watch Series 7, but either that design is incorrect or may still come in a later model.

Rumored Features

Rumors leaked from the company and supply chain as Apple finalized its 2022 lineup. Little is known about the next Apple Watch, but the usual processor upgrades and new health features are expected.

Some rumors predict the end of the Apple Watch Series 3, replaced by a discounted Apple Watch SE and the three rumored models for the Series 8. Seems this may come to pass as watchOS 9 does not support the Apple Watch Series 3 despite it being still for sale.

Advanced Health Features

It’s worth noting that the Apple Watch Series 7 didn’t ship from the factory with any new health features — a first for the line. While it still has the heart rate detector, blood oxygen detector, and other sensors, it didn’t add anything new to the sensor stack for that release.

series 8 rumored features
series 8 rumored features

Well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects the “Apple Watch Series 8” to have a new temperature sensor. This sensor could warn the user of unusually high or low body temperature as an early indicator of sickness or abnormal conditions.

It was later rumored that the temperature sensor might not be ready for a 2022 release. Kuo said that the algorithm used for temperature sensing failed final testing before the Watch entered final engineering testing.

With each new health sensor, the Apple Watch gains new abilities to pre-diagnose health events. While it isn’t an official health device, it has been known to save lives thanks to warning users of possible problems.

Combining a temperature sensor with a blood oxygen sensor, for example, could enable users to catch lung-related sicknesses like pneumonia early. As long as Apple toes the line between fitness tracker and health device, it can steer clear of FDA certification hurdles.

Design features

Apple doesn’t change product designs very often, but that could change with the 2022 Apple Watch. The Apple Watch Series 7 did have a new design with its edge-to-edge display and more round corners, but it wasn’t the divergence rumored initially for the product.

series 8 rumored features
series 8 rumored features

Rumors are often hit or miss, but in the case of the flat-sided Apple Watch, it was a bigger miss than usual. Jon Prosser was absolute in his expectations for the 2021 Apple Watch, but Apple went the opposite direction — more round sides and corners.

Prosser may have shown an early product design that Apple later abandoned, but it’s likely the product hasn’t arrived yet. There have been various rumors of different Apple Watch styles for years, and a flat-sided variant could be enough to differentiate a new model.

series 8 rumored features
series 8 rumored features

The standard “Apple Watch Series 8” could retain the Apple Watch Series 7 design, and a secondary model could take on the rumored flat-sided redesign. This secondary model could be a new larger “pro” model, rugged model, or another device type entirely.

Another rumored model for 2022 is a rugged extreme sports model, which may utilize a different material to ensure absolute protection. For example, a rugged watch made of rubber or hard plastic may take on the flat-sided design due to material differences from the usual metals used in Apple Watch. Or the design difference would indicate the different model.

A leak shared by display supply chain analyst Ross Young suggests there will be three “Apple Watch Series 8” sizes. The new size would be the largest yet with a 1.99-inch display, which may yield a 47mm case using the Series 7 design.

series 8 rumored features
series 8 rumored features

Prosser has rumored that the 1.99-inch display could fit in a 45mm case with thinner flat sides, but Young seems to be leaning toward the larger case size. That makes a flat-sided redesign less likely, and no new rumors suggest otherwise.

The larger model could be referred to as “Apple Watch Pro” according to Mark Gurman. The larger display, premium materials, and tougher design would appeal to a more pro-athlete market and start at $900.

There’s also a rumor that the standard Apple Watch model won’t get a redesign. There may still be a slight design change for the rumored larger “Pro” model, but it still isn’t clear if that will be the case.

Rumors published in late August suggested that the next Apple Watch could have a flat display with less rounded corners, with a display up to 1.99 inches. This last-minute rumor contradicts what has been previously shared and is the first to seemingly reinforce the older redesign rumors leaked by Prosser.

Rumors

Since the Apple Watch debuted in 2015, rumors have swirled that advanced health features could change the lives of some users. While these features appeared like sci-fi at first, each passing year brings Apple closer to a reality for some of that tech.

series 8 rumored features
series 8 rumored features

One such feature is non-invasive glucose monitoring. For people with diabetes, this feature would nearly eliminate the need to prick fingers for access to blood samples. But, of course, such a feature would likely cross into medical device territory and change the categorization of the Apple Watch entirely.

While there have been occasional rumors of such features, they have accelerated in recent years as patents indicate research into the technology. Apple has looked into terahertz electromagnetic radiation according to a patent filed in February 2021, which could enable non-invasive glucose measurement.

series 8 rumored features
series 8 rumored features

May 2021 U.K. startup Rockley Photonics filings with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission reveal a significant relationship with Apple. A partnership with this company could lead to infrared-based blood monitoring.

Other moonshot rumors suggest that Apple may be working on a “smart band” for the Apple Watch. Such bands could communicate via a special port or Bluetooth to monitor the user for various things. One Apple patent shows a watch band acting as a blood pressure cuff, for example.

It is said that Apple won’t feature the Blood Pressure monitoring sensor ready until at least 2024. Issues with sensor accuracy allegedly keep pushing the feature back.

Release date and price

The “Apple Watch Series 8” is predicted to be released on September 7 Apple event. The price structure of the Apple Watch hasn’t changed much over the years. The next generation will likely replace the Apple Watch Series 7 entirely and take over those price points.

The “Apple Watch Pro” could start somewhere between $800 and $900 and be made from titanium. Color options haven’t leaked for this rumored rugged model.

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