Bad news if you were betting on a major redesign for the Apple Watch 8 when it appears later this year: the latest rumor surrounding the smartwatch is that its design will remain largely unchanged from what we have with the current version.
This comes from the informant ShrimpApplePro (opens in new tab) (through XDA developers (opens in new tab)), and specifically refers to the “base” or standard version of the wearable. There could still be some cosmetic changes to the premium version of the watch if Apple releases one.
There were rumors surrounding the Apple Watch 7 that suggested a flat-edge design was in the works, but the 2021 model ended up looking a lot like previous devices. Now it looks like the Apple Watch 8 will follow suit.
Alright Apple Watch Series 8 leak Note: information is only about base series 8. No information about higher version atm🧵1/3 pic.twitter.com/AT6tuUANUdAugust 5, 2022
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The same source throws out some more information about the Apple Watch 8. Apparently, we’ll get the same 41mm and 45mm sizes this year, which should mean all current replacement bands will work with the new models.
It looks like there will be no new sensors on the watch, while the colors in the pipeline are midnight, starlight, red and silver for the aluminum version, and silver and graphite for the stainless steel version.
As for when we’ll actually see this wearable, the Apple Watch 7 debuted on October 15th, although previous versions were released in September – so September or October seems like a good bet this time around too.
Analysis: if it’s not broken…
While it might seem disappointing that Apple is apparently not changing anything with the design of the Apple Watch 8, it’s also fair to say that the current smartwatch design is classic and iconic – and Apple shouldn’t rush to change that.
Then there’s all the straps, chargers and accessories that have been released for the Apple Watch over the years. Changing the shape of the device means it doesn’t fit as easily or as comfortably with the current ecosystem of products.
There is, however, hope that Apple will come up with something new this time around. Some rumors point to the existence of a chunky or extreme edition of the Apple Watch, which could very well shake up the wearable’s aesthetic, at least to some extent.
If the supposed wearable is going to stand up to Garmin’s outdoor watches, it will need a more durable exterior and perhaps better screen protection. We’ll have to wait and see what Apple has planned – but as soon as something is official, we’ll let you know on .