When the Apple Watch Series 7 landed at Apple’s “California Streaming” event in September, it was newsworthy for what it did not have. Rumors had been swirling for months about a larger battery and new design, but instead, the Series 7 is basically a Series 6 with only the slightest upgrades.
So, of course, we expect the Apple Watch Series 8 to bring all that we did not get with the Series 7. It would be a new design with flat edges, all day or maybe several days of battery life, a faster processor, and new sensors. And a new rumor suggests that something else may be on the way, too: a new size.
CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants Ross Young, who has accurately predicted display specifications for iPads and iPhones, has shared some early thoughts on the Apple Watch Series 8. After asking the question, “Would you like to see a larger display on the Series 8 of the Apple Watch in 2022?” he writes, “Do not be surprised if there are 3 sizes next year …”
This would be the first time Apple offered three sizes of Apple Watch. The current sizes are 41 mm and 45 mm, which is already the largest Apple has made. Apple has not offered options beyond the two sizes introduced with the original Apple Watch, so a third option would represent a major expansion of the line. Presumably, a third option would be around 50mm, which would compete with the largest wristwatches from Invicta and Citizen.
Apple is also expected to add a new cheaper “Max” option to the iPhone 14 line, so 2022 could be a huge year for people who like big screens.
Michael Simon has been covering Apple since the iPod was iWalk. His obsession with technology goes back to his first PC IBM Thinkpad with the lift-up keyboard to replace the drive. He’s still waiting for it to come back in style tbh.