A recent leak from the Chinese social media platform Weibo has shed some light on what we can expect from the Apple Watch Series 9. According to the leaker “Instant Digital,” the Apple Watch Series 9 will maintain a similar design to its predecessor, the Series 8, with the primary focus being a substantial performance improvement thanks to its upgraded S9 chip.
This year’s Apple Watch Series 9 will come equipped with the S9 chip
The highlight of the upcoming Apple Watch Series 9 is undoubtedly going to be the S9 chip, based on Apple’s A15 Bionic chip, which is known for its enhanced performance and efficiency. By utilizing TSMC’s 5nm process, the S9 chip could lead to a significant improvement in app launch speeds and potentially extend the battery life of the device. In line with today’s leak, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has previously stated that the Cupertino tech giant is working on a new chip for the Apple Watch Series 9.
Based on industry sources, it has been said that the S8 chip in the Apple Watch Series 8 is essentially the same as the S6 processor initially used in the Apple Watch Series 6 and later in Series 7. However, it was rebranded as S8 for the Series 8 without any enhancements in performance or power efficiency.
While the performance boost with the new chip is exciting, it’s essential to manage expectations regarding other updates to the device. The leak suggests that, apart from the improved processor, the Apple Watch Series 9 will maintain a design and feature set identical to the Series 8. This approach aligns with Apple’s previous incremental upgrades for its smartwatches.
In addition to the performance boost, Apple plans to introduce fresh color options for the Apple Watch Series 9 lineup. A pink aluminum option is reportedly on the table.
Notably, the S9 chip will also power the upcoming second-generation Apple Watch Ultra. This suggests that Apple is aiming to optimize performance across its product line, catering to both regular users and those seeking more advanced features and capabilities.