The Apple Watch Series 8 isn’t the only smartwatch Apple is planning this year. A professional model is also said to be coming and will differentiate itself from the Series 8 with a bigger focus on sports and workouts, providing a sturdier design and longer battery life, as well as the biggest screen yet on an Apple Watch.
While we’re still not sure what it will be called: Apple Watch Extreme, Apple Watch Max, Apple Watch Pro, etc., Apple is said to be launching a pro-level smartwatch. This report comes from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, who routinely publishes early news about upcoming Apple products.
The current consensus is that we will see this new watch during the event on September 7, the same one that is expected to show the Apple Watch Series 8 and the iPhone 14.
Estimated release date
Apple’s next event will take place on September 7, and since Apple is expected to unveil the Apple Watch Series 8 then, it makes sense that we hear about the Apple Watch Pro at the same time. The actual release date for the watches is rumored to be September 16th.
Like other Apple products that adopt the Pro moniker, this Apple Watch will include pro-level features, which also means a higher price tag.
Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 5 Pro was announced in August and starts at $370. But there’s no way Apple will match that, considering the Apple Watch Series 8 is expected to start at $399, and that’s a bigger watch with higher-end materials.
Our guess? We are looking at over $900 for this watch. Gurman backs up that estimate, which is reasonable to assume given the $800+ 45mm Apple Watch Edition.
You should be able to start pre-ordering the Apple Watch Pro on Wednesday, September 7. We’ll know more on the day of the event and provide the link here to order from Apple’s website.
According to Mark Gurman, there are several sports-focused features we can expect.
Since this watch will be designed for extreme sports enthusiasts, it would also make sense to see increased water resistance.
Other features, such as blood pressure monitoring and glucose measurements, will likely come to the Apple Watch. However, while there are patents showing that Apple is interested in this technology, there is no indication that it will happen this year.
So how big will Apple’s Pro smartwatch be? Gurman estimates a case size of 46-47mm, which provides a bit more screen area than the 45mm 7 Series, probably for things like fitness metrics. The screen resolution will be around 410 by 502 pixels (compared to 396 by 484 pixels on the 45mm Series 7) and will have the same overall sharpness as existing Apple Watch models.
With a screen size of nearly 50mm, here’s how this ~2-inch Apple Watch Pro might compare to previous Apple Watch models:
The materials that the watch is made of will be another component that differentiates the professional Apple Watch from the regular series. The Apple Watch currently comes in aluminum, stainless steel and titanium; The Apple Watch Pro is said to use a “premium non-aluminum metal material,” which Gurman assumes will be titanium.
According to 9to5Mac, Gurman speculates that the larger battery could last “several days on a charge using the new low-power mode.” This new low-power mode, which likely works by pausing background activities and reducing brightness, could be exclusive to September Apple Watch models.
This watch is said to get the same body temperature sensor and S8 chip as the Series 8. The temperature reader won’t provide a number like a traditional thermometer, but it will tell you if your body temperature is high so you can know- it if you have to check it. And the S8 processor is said to offer similar performance to the S7 and S6 chips inside the Apple Watch Series 7 and Series 6 (meaning don’t expect major performance improvements).
Another detail we get from Gurman is that this updated watch will have LTE, unlike Samsung’s 2022 smartwatch, which is available with either LTE or Bluetooth only.
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