Whereas we’re already listening to heaps concerning the iPhone 15 and another upcoming Apple devices, to this point there’s little or no concrete information concerning the Apple Watch 9—however we have now heard a couple of rumors.
An early leak suggests it may be the identical measurement because the Apple Watch 8 for instance, although as we nonetheless know little or no about it, which may show fallacious.
In any case, you’ll discover every part we’ve heard concerning the Apple Watch 9 beneath, adopted by a listing of issues we’d prefer it to supply. We’ll additionally replace this text at any time when there’s information about Apple’s upcoming wearable, so examine again quickly to remain updated.
Lower to the chase
- What’s it? The following Apple Watch
- When is it out? In all probability September 2023
- How a lot will it value? Possible no less than $399 / £419 / AU$629
Apple Watch 9: Value and launch date
The Apple Watch 9 will in all probability launch in September. In spite of everything, the Apple Watch 8 was introduced in September 2022, and with two exceptions each earlier mannequin has landed in September of their launch years too.
Extra particularly, the Apple Watch 9 will in all probability be introduced on a Tuesday or Wednesday in early or mid-September primarily based on previous type, that means September 5, 6, 12 or 13. It’ll doubtless be introduced alongside the iPhone 15 collection, and can in all probability go on sale round 10 days later.
As for the worth, there’s no information there, nevertheless it’s more likely to value no less than as a lot because the Apple Watch 8, which begins at $399 / £419 / AU$629, given the rising value of elements, gasoline, and labor.
Apple Watch 9: information and leaks
The principle Apple Watch 9 leak to this point comes from an analyst at tech agency Omdia through this MacRumors (opens in new tab) article, and easily states that the Apple Watch 9 will in all probability be the identical measurement because the Apple Watch 8. Which means it might are available each 1.89-inch and a pair of.04-inch display screen sizes, with doubtless a 41mm and 45mm case respectively.
Then there’s a sketchy leak that means the Apple Watch 9 may as a substitute be referred to as the Apple Watch X, skipping the quantity 9 fully. That is in response to a provide chain supply talking to iPhoneSoft (opens in new tab).
They recommend that this wearable would nonetheless land in 2023, so it might be a easy identify change, however with the X being the Roman numeral for 10 that appears unnecessarily complicated. Plus, we’ve heard from the MacRumors leak to anticipate the Apple Watch X in 2024 alongside the SE 3, so there are conflicting accounts right here. The SE 2 was launched alongside the Watch 8 and the primary iteration of the Apple Watch Extremely, however there isn’t any information of an Extremely 2 coming in 2024 to finish the trifecta.
What we need to see
The Apple Watch 8 achieved 4 stars in our overview, so for the Apple Watch 9 to get 5 stars we need to see the next issues.
1. Higher battery life
One in every of our foremost complaints with the Apple Watch 8 – and certainly with each Apple Watch previous to it – was the battery life. Whereas it’s not horrible, it is a wearable that you just’ll doubtless must cost each day, and on the very least each two days.
That’s not ultimate, particularly for a tool designed to always monitor points of your well being, train and sleep. So we’d prefer to see the Apple Watch 9 final for no less than three days between prices, however provided that we ask for this yearly it’s in all probability not going to occur.
2. A giant chipset improve
The Apple Watch 8 technically has a brand new Apple S8 chipset inside it, however there’s little or no in the best way of upgrades right here. In reality, it makes use of the identical CPU because the S7 and even the S6 from the Apple Watch 6.
Now, in equity the Apple Watch 8 is a speedy machine, so it doesn’t really feel notably missing in energy. Nevertheless it might all the time be quicker. Or Apple might work to considerably enhance the effectivity, for higher battery life.
3. An Motion button
One of many key options of the Apple Watch Extremely is an additional button referred to as the Motion button. This may be custom-made to do varied issues, so it’s mainly a shortcut to an app or function of your alternative.
It’s a particularly helpful addition, and it’s one we’d prefer to see make its solution to the Apple Watch 9 as properly, because it doesn’t look like one thing that we must always must shell out on an Extremely mannequin for.
4. A tweaked design
The Apple Watch 8 appears good, so we don’t really feel the design must be drastically overhauled, nevertheless it additionally appears a lot the identical because the Apple Watch 7, so some tweaks to freshen it up could be good.
That might take the type of even smaller bezels, a brand new case materials, a slimmer physique, or one thing else alongside these traces to assist it really feel new and fashionable.
5. A cheaper price
With a beginning worth of $399 / £419 / AU$629, which rises if you would like it in a bigger measurement or mobile connectivity, the Apple Watch 8 is a reasonably costly wearable, regardless of not providing an unlimited quantity greater than the less expensive Apple Watch SE 2.
So we’d prefer to see Apple scale back the worth for the Apple Watch 9. Both that or make it a considerable improve anyway. Doing so would assist guarantee it ranks excessive among the many finest Apple Watches and the very best smartwatches.