If you’re counting on a major redesign of the Apple Watch 8 when it arrives later this year, here’s the bad news: The latest rumors about the smartwatch are that its design will remain largely unchanged from that of our current version.
This is from the prompter Shrimp Apple Pro (opens in new tab) (pass XDA Developers (opens in new tab)), specifically the “base” or standard version of the wearable. If Apple releases a premium version of the watch, there may still be some aesthetic changes.
There are rumors around the Apple Watch 7 that a flat-edge design is in the works, but the 2021 model finally looks a lot like the previous device. It now appears that the Apple Watch 8 will follow suit.
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The same source throws in some more info about the Apple Watch 8. Obviously, this year we’re getting the same 41mm and 45mm sizes, which should mean that all current replacement straps will work with the new models.
It doesn’t look like there will be new sensors on the watch, while the colors in the pipes are said to be 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 the wearable, the Apple Watch 7 debuted on October 15th, although the previous version was launched in September — so September or October this time seems like a good one too choose.
Analysis: If it ain’t broke…
While it might be disappointing that Apple apparently didn’t make any changes to the Apple Watch 8’s design, it’s fair to say that the smartwatch’s current design is classic and iconic — and Apple shouldn’t be in a rush to change it.
Then there are all the bands, chargers, and accessories that have come out for Apple Watch over the years. Modifying the form factor of a device means it cannot easily or fit within the current product ecosystem.
However, Apple is expected to unveil something new this time around. Some rumors point to rugged or extreme versions of the Apple Watch, which are likely to shake up the wearable’s aesthetic, at least to some extent.
If the rumored wearable is to rival Garmin’s outdoor watch, it will need a more durable look, and possibly better screen protection. We’ll have to wait and see what Apple has planned – but we’ll report back on TechRadar as soon as anything is official.