The Apple Watch was a huge success for the company, pretty much bridging the wearables sector on the first try. Heading into 2023, we’re looking forward to seeing what Apple will do with the next generation of its digital watch. So, here are all the news and rumors we’ve discovered so far about the Apple Watch Series 9 as well as our expectations for the new device.
Apple Watch Series 9: Release date
Apple has a schedule for releasing its watches that, if you’ll excuse the pun, runs like clockwork. For years now, their latest flagships have debuted around the second or third week of September, usually alongside new iPhones, with on-sale dates about a week and a half later:
- Apple Watch Series 8: September 7, 2022
- Apple Watch Series 7: September 14, 2021
- Apple Watch Series 6: September 15, 2020
- Apple Watch Series 5: September 10, 2019
- Apple Watch Series 4: September 12, 2018
- Apple Watch Series 3: September 12, 2017
It seems unlikely that Apple will change the cadence this year, so we expect the Apple Watch Series 9 to launch in September 2023probably on September 6 or 12.
Apple Watch Series 9: Price
Once again, Apple has been remarkably consistent with its pricing strategy for the Apple Watch for US buyers. However, 2022 saw European countries bear the brunt of many of the price increases. As such, the UK saw the baseline model rise by £50:
- Apple Watch Series 8 – $399 / £419
- Apple Watch Series 7 – $399 / £369
- Apple Watch Series 6 – $399 / £379
- Apple Watch Series 5 – $399 / £399
- Apple Watch Series 4 – $399 / £399
With prices already higher in Europe, we expect the Series 9 to fetch a similar price tag as the Apple Watch Series 8 it replaces. So, it must be around $399 / £419.
Apple Watch Series 9: Design and Specifications
With the next generation Apple Watch still a long way off at the time of writing, information on what new features Apple could offer remains pretty scarce. There are some possibilities though, as well as some features that the team at Macworld would love to see Apple introduce.
Ultra elegant design
Last year, Apple introduced the all-new Apple Watch Ultra with an amazing array of features and components. The newest member of the Apple Watch family features a more solid design, flatter edges, and a slightly larger display (49mm versus 45mm on the Apple Watch Series 8). While the Apple Watch’s aesthetics are iconic, a flat design for the Apple Watch has been rumored for as long as the Series 7, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see the Series 9 adopt a similar look to the Ultra.
Perhaps the most likely feature the new watch could borrow from the Ultra is the action button. This is a second physical button located on the other side of the Digital Crown. On the Ultra, you can set it to turn on specific tasks like a stopwatch, exercise, or flashlight, a function that would be an excellent upgrade to the existing Apple Watch design.
However, recent rumors suggest that the Apple Watch Series 9 will be a minor upgrade this year, with little more than a chip upgrade.
If you look at the technical specifications of each new Apple Watch, you’ll see a new chip listed. Series 8 has an S8 chip, Series 7 has an S7 chip, and Series 6 has an S6 chip. The only weird thing is that they are all the same chip with different names. While the S6 offered a 20 percent performance increase over the Series 5, the S7 and S8 are rebranded versions of the same processor as per teardowns and Apple’s clear commission for any kind of performance improvement. But we’re hoping the S9 changes that, with a performance boost and possibly a neural engine built into the chip.
Dual frequency GPS
Like the iPhone 14 Pro, the Apple Watch Ultra has upgraded its GPS to include the L5 band in addition to the standard L1 for faster and more accurate location tracking. Even if you don’t hike in steep terrain, the extra strap will come in handy in crowded city areas where a standard watch can struggle. Apple has a habit of introducing new features on high-end models and then porting them to lower-end models, and we think that could very well happen here.
There have been a lot of rumors about Apple possibly using MicroLED displays on various devices over the past few years, but the strongest one is targeting the Apple Watch as the first device to make the switch. After all, the Apple Watch was the first device to have an OLED display — years before the iPhone — so it’s likely that Apple will offer a MicroLED display on the Apple Watch as well. The advantages will make it worthwhile, as MicroLED is thinner, brighter, higher-resolution, and more efficient than even OLED. The latest rumors suggest that the first microLED watches won’t arrive until 2024, but we’re hopeful they will appear sooner.
Fifth generation network
So far, Apple Watches are one of the few remaining Apple devices that haven’t updated to 5G — even the high-end Apple Watch Ultra has 4G LTE. With the Apple Watch on the verge of complete independence, having the fastest connection available seems like a good idea. We’re sure there’s no doubt that there are some problems to overcome, but Apple tends to be pretty good at it.
Apple has been working on a non-invasive way to monitor glucose levels for years without the need for additional equipment. A recent report claims that a secret team within Apple has reached several “milestones” in the project, and the feature is now considered to be in the “proof of concept” stage. However, it is unlikely to appear in this year’s hour and could still be several years away.
Other potential sensors for inclusion could be an electrical activity (EDA) sensor for measuring stress levels and a bioimpedance sensor for measuring body composition.
Obviously, we’ll continue to update this article as more information becomes available, so be sure to check back regularly. In the meantime, if you can’t wait until September, here’s our roundup of the best Apple Watch deals out there right now.
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