The rumor: Apple isn’t making their new watches any faster in 2022, according to Mark Gurman (86.5% accurate, via Power On).
“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 an all-new processor,” Gurman says
Sam’s take: While I’m sure that supply chain shortages are the main reason we aren’t getting a faster chip this year…I’m still disappointed. One year is forgivable, but 2 years in a row? Come on. When will we see the processor improvements on Apple Watch that start to finally increase battery life?
The rumor: An all-new design for Apple Watch could launch in 2022, according to ShrimpApplePro (not yet tracked).
Rumored go into production soon, Apple is reportedly using a “flat front glass display” for at least one new Apple Watch Series 8 model…suggesting that the rest of the body could be reshaped flatter, too
Sam’s take: While everyone is obviously skeptical of this latest rumor, keep in mind that 3 major sources (Mark Gurman, Jon Prosser, Ming-Chi Kuo) all said a flat-edge design was coming on the Series 7 last year. I think it’s entirely possible, and even likely, that the leaks were just a year ahead, and that 2022 will be when we see this new look release.
Sam’s take: I hadn’t considered the challenge of skin temperature changing depending on your environment…which sounds like an incredibly hard problem to solve. Looking at the Series 7 retroactively, it makes so much sense that this feature was initially planned for that model because the only other change was a larger display. I really hope we see this on Series 8, and I also hope it can be used for more than just cycle tracking.
But here’s the thing…the body-temperature sensor won’t actually tell you the temperature of your body (and, initially, it’ll only be for women to help them with fertility planning)
Rather than provide precise measurements, the feature will be like Apple’s other health pursuits: a moderately helpful general guide meant for wellness, not a medical-grade health device
Sam’s take: I have to be honest…this one of the most disappointing rumors I’ve ever heard. I think helping women with fertility tracking is awesome! But if Apple will be using temperature data to do this…why not just share that with the user? I had incredibly high hopes for the Apple Watch as a serious health device, but it looks like Apple just wants it to be a tool, not the tool for your health.
Gurman says that, down the road, a future Apple Watch might be able to tell you if your temperature is higher than normal (ex. a fever)! But also that this Apple Watch “is unlikely to show an actual measurement.”
Listen, I get that there’s tremendous liability involved in giving users health data. But Apple’s current and future health sensor just don’t sound like they’ll be all that useful. Why stop at half-way there and call it day when you could take some extra time to really get things right and create something truly transformative?
Sam’s take: I certainly hope Gurman is right here, because the Apple Watch hasn’t had a breakthrough since the Series 5’s always-on display. I’ve commented on the stagnation and maturity of the line multiples times in recent years, but Apple has kept up the same slow-and-steady development cycle. It’s not that the Apple Watch is bad—it’s undoubtedly the best wearable in the world—it’s just boring because they’re almost no real competition. I’ve been ready for something major, to say the least.
Our take: I didn’t get this rumor at first…but as soon as I looked at my wrist, I realized that I could wear a larger face on my arm. I think a slightly larger 48 or 49mm watch could look great on folks with larger wrists. This is just speculation though, as Young didn’t clarify which direction the size change would head.