Apple Watch Series 8 to Get Slightly Larger Display: Report

According to MacRumors, this year’s Apple Watch Series 8 will introduce a new display size to the lineup with a 1.99-inch screen.

The publication cites reports from Ross Young of Display Supply Chain Consultants and Haitong International Securities analyst Jeff Pu.

Young last year said the Apple Watch Series 8 would offer three size options. The analyst has now said on Twitter that Apple will be adding a new screen size to the product line that measures 1.99 inches diagonally.

Pu, meanwhile, said in a note to investors that Luxshare will be Apple’s “sole supplier” for a “high-end” 2-inch Apple Watch model this year. The analyst was likely talking about the same new display size as Ross and may have just been rounding up.

Apple offers the Apple Watch Series 7 in two different display sizes: 1.691 inches on the 41mm model and 1.901 inches on the 45mm. A 1.99-inch display would represent a 5% increase in screen size over the 45mm Apple Watch Series 7.

Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman said in his weekly newsletter on Sunday that this year’s Apple Watch will feature a body temperature sensor capable of detecting a fever. Gurman also hinted at possible display upgrades for the Series 8.

The Apple Watch Series 8 is also rumoured to get a new design with a flat display. Its underlying processing power, however, is expected to remain essentially on par with its predecessors.

Apple will reportedly launch three new Apple Watch models this fall: a Series 8 to succeed last year’s Series 7, a new low-end SE model, and a rugged edition aimed at extreme sports.

The Apple Watch has historically only been offered in two display sizes. While it’s entirely possible that Apple plans on adding a third option, the larger display could just be for the planned rugged edition.