Some additional details have emerged about the rumored Apple Watch SE 2, which is supposed to be shown in September. It is expected to come with an always-on display and an improved chip, but also at a greater price.
Apple Watch SE 2 – What is known
We are widely expected to get an Apple Watch SE 2 model this year. Its predecessor was released in September 2020 as a budget version, as a mid-level option. The device borrows a lot from the Apple Watch Series 6 but omits some of its functions like SpO2 and ECG. It also does not support the Always View option.
The fact that we didn’t see the SE 2 in 2021 should come as no surprise. With the coronavirus crisis, supply chain disruptions, energy shortages in some countries and other factors – it has not been a normal year. But Bloomberg’s Mark Gorman expects to see the Watch SE 2 in September 2022 with a slightly revised design and an increase in health features over its predecessor.
Add their voice to iDropNews which appears to contain inside information. They also expect the model to continue this year, but that won’t change as much as the design. So the same options 40 and 44 mm and width properties.
They say what will change is that the device will get a new chip that allows for an always-on display, improved audio features and the addition of ECG sensors. It is also reasonable to expect a function of SpO2.
No changes in battery life are expected although the always-on display may be accompanied by a larger capacity battery. So you should still be able to get about 18 hours on a single charge. There is also talk that Apple may be incorporating fast charging technology that is currently reserved only for the Series 7 device.
The final expectation from LeaksApplePro is about price. In the US they expect a 20% increase over the previous model. Which means the SE 2 should come in at around $300.
Apple Watch 8 Sports is more solid
Another novelty this year is said to be a “rugged” model of the Apple Watch. Last spring, Bloomberg’s Mark Gorman stated that unnamed Apple sources told him that the company was looking at branching out into other models to target different types of buyers.
While the more robust model will retain the square look of other iterations, it will be usable in harsh environments. To that end, the watch will have a sturdier design that offers more protection.
We have seen a number of companies offering such products. Garmin and Casio come to mind with a wide range of sports watches. Another popular brand is Amazfit. They released a more rugged T-Rex Pro earlier this year. There is clearly a market for this type of thing that includes athletes, hikers, mountaineers, and more.
Which means that the powerful Apple Watch will use existing technology – only things like water resistance and construction will be upgraded. For example, Apple could use a rubberized outer surface to make the device more shock-resistant.
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All of this was expected in 2021. Unfortunately, the upgrades that came with the Series 7 in September were minimal. The most important is the slightly larger width. No mention was made of a more solid model.
Since then, Mark Gorman has doubled his expectations. In one of his installments of his Power On newsletter, he says the powerful version will emerge. But that will be in the form of an Apple Watch Series 8 sports model.
If you keep repeating something until it happens – is that really a prediction? Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. In fairness, 2021 was no ordinary year. Many companies have postponed their launch plans due to the persistent shortage of chips, the non-finishing of the pandemic and the power shortage in some Asian countries.
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