It looks like 2022 is shaping up to be a more exciting year for the Apple Watch, with a new report suggesting we might actually see Three different models next year.
While an Apple Watch Series 8 is pretty much a given, Bloomberg Mark Gurman says that not only can we expect to see a new Apple Watch SE, but also the arrival of the rugged âExtreme Sportsâ model that was rumored earlier this year.
The rumor of this year’s big Apple Watch Series 7 redesign never materialized, and although most originally believed Apple was keeping it for next year’s Series 8, our information suggest we will see more of them next fall.
While the Apple Watch Series 8 will certainly contain more new features and sensors, it looks like Apple will stick to the proven design – although there are rumors that it could be available in three sizes. the next time.
To be fair, Apple made some serious screen design tweaks in this year’s Apple Watch Series 7. It’s just that these types of changes – which essentially correspond to a slightly larger, more durable screen – are difficult for users to appreciate. At first glance, the Apple Watch Series 7 doesn’t seem that different from any other model Apple has released in the past four years.
Gurman doesn’t say much about the Apple Watch Series 8 either, just referring to it in his Light up newsletter as “an updated standard template”. We think these are the other two Apple Watch models that could be significantly more interesting.
New Apple Watch SE
It’s hard to say at this point what Apple has in mind for the Apple Watch SE, as the company has only released one version so far. It stands to reason, however, that a second-gen model has to arrive sooner or later, and according to Gurman’s sources, Apple is already working on it.
Apple seems to reserve the nickname “SE”, which technically means “Special Edition”, for its non-premium products. The iPhone SE was the first example, and last year’s Apple Watch SE followed in its footsteps, providing a cheaper alternative for users who didn’t need all of the most advanced health sensors and devices. other features of Apple’s flagship product.
Gurman doesn’t say much about what next year’s Apple Watch SE will look like, but one possibility is that it could be the model to get the flat redesign we’ve heard so much about.
In this case, the theory – and it’s really just a theory at this point – is that the leaked information from multiple sources of a new Apple Watch design was never intended for mainstream models in the series. 7 or Series 8. Instead, this was something Apple intended to use for the upcoming Apple Watch SE.
It makes sense that the Apple Watch SE would undergo some type of design change to help set it apart. Last year’s Apple Watch SE didn’t visually stand out from the 6 Series aluminum models, and there’s certainly a possibility Apple might want to help it stand out in some way.
New Apple Watch ‘Explorer Edition’
On the flip side, there’s another model we almost forgot, and it’s the rugged Apple Watch that Gurman first revealed to us in March, and it’s not hard to see how the flat-edged design could fit into Apple’s plans. for this model.
In his last Light up newsletter, Gurman describes this as “a beefed-up version aimed at extreme sports athletes”, so it would probably have an entirely different design, probably looking more like a Casio G-Shock than any of the Apple Watch models we have. seen so far.
Sure, flat-edged renderings aren’t inherently sturdy, but they could form the structure that would lie beneath a more durable casing. With Apple’s new display technology that has given the Series 7 a more durable display, this could lead to an Apple Watch that is not only better at withstanding the most rigorous outdoor adventures, but also looks like the room.
The so-called Apple Watch “Explorer Edition” is said to be a third column in the Apple Watch lineup. Conceptually, it would likely be marketed the same way as the Nike + training-focused edition. However, unlike this model, which uses the same case as the standard 7-series aluminum, the âExplorer Editionâ would feature a very unique design, marking a radical turning point in the Apple Watch product line.
[The information provided in this article has NOT been confirmed by Apple and may be speculation. Provided details may not be factual. Take all rumors, tech or otherwise, with a grain of salt.]