comscore Apple's next sports-focused smartwatch might be branded as Watch Series 8 Pro

Apple Watch Series 8 'Pro' could be the rumoured rugged smartwatch by Apple

Apple is likely to ditch the edition version and introduce a Pro model for its Apple Watch Series 98 this year.

Apple Watch SE

The Apple Watch SE 40mm variant is available at an effective price of Rs 24,990 during the ongoing sale. The GPS variant is selling at an effective price of Rs 27,990, down by Rs 2,000.

Apple is expected to launch three smartwatch models this year. These are likely to include Apple Watch Series 8, the new Apple Watch Series SE model and a rugged model. As per Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman’s latest newsletter Power On, the rugged model that will be the company’s extreme sports option will be branded Pro. Also Read - Bored of Siri’s voice? Here’s how you can change it

Additionally, Gurman suggests that Apple might discontinue its Edition model and focus on this extreme sports option. Also Read - iPhone 13 selling at Rs 11,000 off in Amazon Great Freedom Festival sale

Apple Watch Series 8 ‘Pro’ expected features

In the newsletter, Gurman hints that the said Apple Watch Series 8 Pro is likely to feature a larger and “shatter-resistant” display. In terms of other features, it will come with “enhanced hiking and swim tracking, longer battery life”. As for the design, this Apple Watch is expected to come with a bulkier, rugged case. This case, according to Gurman, will be made from “a premium, non-aluminum metal material. ” Also Read - Messaged the wrong person on WhatsApp? Now you have two days to delete it

Most of what Gurman talked about in today’s newsletter he already reported – or other analysts also talked about. He thinks the Pro features of this upcoming Apple Watch will be a larger and more shatter-resistant display, enhanced hiking and swim tracking, longer battery life, and a heftier and rugged case made from a premium, nonaluminum metal material.

This rumoured smartwatch is expected to be powered by the S8 chipset which is the same as the Watch Series 7 and Series 6 models. It might also house a body temperature sensor that will detect and alert the user in case of a fever. Notably, the smartwatch might not exactly reveal the exact rise in the temperature.

In terms of pricing, the Apple Watch Series 8 Pro is likely to be priced at around $900 – $999 (approx Rs 70,000 – 80,000).

In a previous report, Gurman had suggested that this rugged edition model will have a bigger display measuring 2-inch in diagonal length. This is slightly bigger than the 1.9-inch display that comes in the Apple Watch Series 7. The standard Watch Series 8 will continue with the 1.9-inch screen, according to the report.

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  • Published Date: July 11, 2022 9:49 AM IST

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