According to a new report, the upcoming Apple Watch Series 8 could come with a hardware-exclusive low power mode. However, the next-gen Apple Watch may not offer significant improvements as it is expected to feature an S8 chip with the same specs as its predecessor—the S7.
Apple Watch Series 8: What To Expect
In Bloomberg’s Power On newsletter, Mark Gurman states that Apple is working on three new Apple Watch models—a standard Series 8, a new low-end SE, and a rugged version for extreme sports.
According to the report, the Apple Watch 8 will feature an exclusive low power mode. “I’d also expect the low-power mode I’ve long discussed as part of watchOS 9 to show up as a new hardware-exclusive feature,” Gurman says. This should extend battery life, ensuring longer periods of use.
Apple Watch Series 8
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Gurman says that the S8 chip of the Apple Watch Series 8 will have the same specifications as that of the S7 of the Apple Watch Series 7. Interestingly, the S7 chipset is almost the same as the S6 that was used in the Apple Watch Series 6. “For those hoping for a faster chip in this year’s Apple Watch, I’m told the S8 chip will have the same specifications as the S7, which was also the same as the S6. Next year’s models, however, are slated to get an all-new processor,” says Gurman.
Apple Watch SE 2
The low-end Apple Watch SE 2 will have the same screen size as the current model. It could also get an S8 processor, which will be a significant upgrade from the current Apple Watch SE’s S5 chip. However, this contradicts older reports which speculated that the next-gen Apple Watch SE could be powered by an S7 chip.
Apple Watch 8 “Rugged” Model
The upcoming rugged Apple Watch Series 8 Model will likely make use of watchOS 9’s workout tracking features. These functions could include multisport workouts which will allow the watch to automatically switch between tracking activities such as running, swimming, and biking. The watch could also gain features such as new running metrics, training zones, and elevation tracking.
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