Bad news if it was a major redesign for the Apple Watch 8 when it appears later this year: the latest rumor surrounding the smartwatch is that its design will remain largely unchanged from what we have with the current version.
This is from the tipster ShrimpApplePro (opens in new tab) (via XDA Developers (opens in new tab)), and specifically refers to the “basic” or standard version of the wearable. There may still be some cosmetic changes to the premium version of the watch if Apple releases one.
There were rumors surrounding the Apple Watch 7 that suggested a flat-edged design was in the works, but the 2021 model ended up looking a lot like the devices that came before it. Now it looks like the Apple Watch 8 will follow suit.
Ok Apple Watch Series 8 leak Note: info is only for base series 8. No info on higher version atm🧵1/3 pic.twitter.com/AT6tuUANUdAugust 5, 2022
The same over again
The same source publishes some more information about the Apple Watch 8. We will apparently have the same 41mm and 45mm sizes this year, which means that all current replacement bands will work with the new models.
It looks like there won’t be any new sensors on the watch, while the colors in the lineup are said to be midnight, star, red and silver for the aluminum version, and silver and graphite for the stainless steel version.
As for when we’re actually going to see this wearable, the Apple Watch 7 debuted on October 15, although previous versions were released in September – so September or October seems like a good bet this time around, too.
Analysis: if it ain’t broke…
While it may feel disappointing that Apple apparently isn’t changing anything with the design of the Apple Watch 8, it’s also fair to say that the smartwatch’s current design is classic and iconic – and Apple shouldn’t be in a rush to change it.
Then there are all the bands, chargers, and accessories that have come out for the Apple Watch over the years. Changing the device’s form factor means it doesn’t fit as easily or as comfortably with the current product ecosystem.
There is hope, however, that Apple will introduce something new this time. Some rumors point to the existence of a hard or extreme version of the Apple Watch, which may well shake up the aesthetics of the wearable, at least to some extent.
If the rumored wearable is going to take on Garmin’s outdoor watches, then it will need a more durable exterior and perhaps better protection for the screen. We’ll have to wait and see what Apple has planned – but as soon as something official happens, we’ll be reporting on TechRadar.