The Apple Watch Series 8 may prove to be just as disappointing as the current-generation Apple Watch Series 7, according to new information that the new wearable will include the same chip from two generations but with a different name.
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Despite all the rumors, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman claims in his Power On newsletter that the Apple Watch Series 8 won’t get a chip upgrade. The new SoC will go by the name S8, but other than the name change, it will be functionally identical to the Series 7 and Series 6 SoCs. When the Apple Watch Series 7 first debuted a while ago, we pointed out that it uses the same chipset as the Apple Watch Series 6.
This information may also suggest that the Apple Watch Series 8 won’t get a hardware upgrade that would allow it to measure body temperature, monitor blood sugar levels, or add other features, though we can still expect fairly minor changes like improved activity tracking. Three different models of the Apple Watch Series 8 are expected to be available, and Gurman advises customers looking for a chip upgrade to wait until the Apple Watch Series 9 is released the following year.
“As I mentioned earlier, Apple is getting ready to introduce three new models: a new, more affordable SE, a standard Series 8, and a rugged variant made for extreme sports.
I’ve been informed that the S8 chip will be identical to the S7, which was also identical to the S6 in terms of specifications. For those who had hoped for a faster chip in the Apple Watch this year, this is disappointing news. But it’s anticipated that the models for the following year will include a completely new processor.
The SE will retain the current model’s screen size rather than going up to the larger Series 7 size. In contrast, it might get the same S8 chip like the Series 8 in 2020, replacing the S5 in the current SE.”
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Although there are rumors that the Apple Watch Series 8 will be available in three sizes, it is not known if these sizes will have flat edges similar to the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 series. Although it is disappointing that the upcoming smartwatch might not be as compelling an upgrade, you cannot expect tech companies like Apple to keep making significant changes to their products every 12 months.
After all, it takes a lot of effort and time to cram everything into the tiny case of an Apple Watch.