Apple Watch Series 8 to Feature Complete Redesign: Gurman
In this week’s edition of his Power On newsletter, Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman shared more details about the higher-end Apple Watch “Pro” he expects Apple to unveil later this year alongside the Apple Watch Series 8.
Gurman has detailed several features of the premium Apple Watch until now, including a larger, more shatter-resistant screen, an all-metal chassis possibly made out of titanium, and a larger battery. However, the analyst has now said the Apple Watch Pro will also boast a complete redesign.
I’m told that the high-end model is going to be a good bit bigger than the standard Apple Watch—big enough that it might only appeal to a subset of customers. The screen will be about 7% larger, and the device will have a fresh look—the first time the company has introduced a new Apple Watch design since 2018. It will be an evolution of the current rectangular shape, and not circular. It also won’t have those rumored flat sides (for those who will undoubtedly ask). In terms of materials, the watch will have a more durable formulation of titanium to make it extra rugged.
The Bloomberg journalist added that the Apple Watch Pro will have a new low-power mode, which should help take battery life to a whole new level.
Apple’s new “extra rugged” Watch will be geared toward extreme sports. That said, it will likely also appeal to customers who simply want the best Apple Watch available.
Gurman went on to confirm that the rumoured blood pressure sensor for the Apple Watch has been delayed until at least 2025. Blood glucose measurement, on the other hand, won’t be coming to the Apple Watch until “nearer to the end of the decade,” he said.
However, the new temperature sensors are still coming to the Apple Watch Pro and Series 8 this year.
Gurman believes Cupertino will launch three new Apple Watches this fall: the “Pro”, the Series 8, and a new low-end SE model. The analyst previously said that the Apple Watch Pro could carry a starting price of around $1,000 USD.