It is widely expected that Apple will release three new Apple Watch Series 8 models this year: the standard model, an updated Apple Watch SE, and a brand new extreme-sports model which could be called Apple Watch Series 8 Pro. According to a new report, the ‘Pro’ model will not feature the rumored flat sides that have been leaked numerous times.
Gurman says the new Apple Watch Series 8 will look like an “evolution” of the current series
In the latest edition of his “Power On” newsletter, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reveals that the new model “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).” Instead, it will be “an evolution of the current rectangular shape.”
The journalist further reveals that the Pro Apple Watch model is going to be a “good bit bigger than the standard Apple Watch,” so it may only “appeal to a subset of customers.” The display will also be more shatter-resistant.
Gurman also confirmed that the Pro model will feature a titanium casing saying, “In terms of materials, the watch will have a more durable formulation of titanium to make it extra rugged.”
Lastly, he claims that the higher-end Apple Watch will feature a longer battery life. He believes it will be able to last “multiple days on one charge via the new low-power mode”.
Currently, the Apple Watch features a Power Reserve mode which conserves battery life by only showing users the time. However, Gurman has reported that the tech giant is looking to bring over Low Power Mode from the iPhone to the Apple Watch with watchOS 9. This would allow the device to run some apps and features while using less battery life.
Lastly, he reiterates that a body-temperate sensor is still expected to be added to the standard Apple Watch Series 8 model as well as the Pro. The second-gen Apple Watch SE will not feature the new sensor. Rather than offering an exact temperature, the sensor will offer users a general reading and will alert them if it detects a fever.
Gurman has previously predicted that the Pro Apple Watch, which is set to feature a larger display, new sensors, and more expensive materials, could start from $900 or $999.