News Tech: The audience is behind Tom’s Guide. We might receive an affiliate commission if you make a purchase using links on our website. Why should you believe us? Read on. The release of the Apple Watch 8 might be just a few weeks away. The next Apple event is rumoured to take place in the first few days of September, and we anticipate seeing the company’s newest flagship wristwatch there.
Most of our Apple Watch Series 8 intel comes from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, a reliable Apple tipster who, in the past months, has shared quite a few reports detailing the redesigned Apple Watch 8 lineup. We don’t have many details from other sources, but it’s still worth catching up on the rumors we have heard.
There could actually be up to three new Apple Watch models arriving this year. Alongside the Apple Watch Series 8, rumors claim we could see the Apple Watch SE 2 and an all-new Apple Watch 8 Pro. Each of these devices holds potential for exciting upgrades, fresh fitness-tracking features and more.
Here are the biggest Apple Watch 8 rumors to pay attention to as we approach the smartwatch’s anticipated launch. After all, the Apple Watch 8 could be the best smartwatch of the year. Apple might be planning an answer to the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5. Though it’s impossible to say which company first began working on body temperature tracking via smartwatch, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 skin temperature sensor recently materialized. While the feature will primarily be used for sleep tracking, it’s not available yet.
Gurman has reported that the Apple Watch may soon get a low power mode, or better battery management options. Currently, the Apple Watch offers a Power Reserve function that lets you still check the time even when your smartwatch’s battery is nearly dead. But unlike on the iPhone or iPad, there’s no pre-emptive “low power” setting that disables many of the battery-draining functions with a single toggle.
It’s unclear whether this low power mode would be available to all the watchOS 9 supported devices, or just the Apple Watch Series 8. It’s possible Apple will announce some watchOS 9 features that are tailored, or exclusive, to the upcoming smartwatch. If true, this could be a huge difference between the Apple Watch 8 vs. Apple Watch 7. A recent tip tells us the Apple Watch 8 color selection might be slimmer than previously offered. In one of the few rumors that’s not from Gurman, Twitter tipster ShrimpApplePro suggested the Apple Watch Series 8 will come in Midnight, Starlight, Product Red and Silver. Though Starlight is very similar to Silver, we did notice a slight difference in the two colors offered for the MacBook Air M2.
This could also mean that Blue and Green are no longer options for Apple Watch. Whether this reflects sale numbers of the Apple Watch Series 7 or is just to accommodate the amount of options available from the rumored two Apple Watch 8-adjacent devices is unknown. Finally, we have the latest rumors on the Apple Watch Series 8 price and release date. The baseline Series 8 is expected to maintain a $399 starting price, with premiums for LTE and the larger size. The Apple Watch SE 2 should come in at $279, while the Apple Watch 8 Pro price remains a mystery. Gurman said it could be as much as $999 — the same as the iPhone 13 Pro — but time will tell. For comparison, the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro starts at $449. The next Apple event is rumored to take place as early as September 7. That’s a week ahead of Apple’s previous September launch events, so this could mean we’re seeing the Apple Watch 8 and iPhone 14 series a bit earlier than anticipated. Regardless, we’re sure to see an official event invitation at least one week in advance.
Kate Kozuch is an editor at Tom’s Guide covering smartwatches, TVs and everything smart-home related. Kate also appears on Fox News to talk tech trends and runs the Tom’s Guide TikTok account(opens in new tab), which you should be following. When she’s not filming tech videos, you can find her on an exercise bike, mastering the NYT Crossword or channeling her inner celebrity chef.
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