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: These look pretty spot on to me…for the detail that we can glean, of course. Being that these are metal molds, we only get a look at the key changes (of which there aren’t many). Biggest takeaway here for me is that we’re seeing the sizing of the lineup side-by-side for the first time. RIP iPhone mini.
Sam’s take:I don’t know what it is about these latest CAD images…but I’m starting to get it now. By eliminating the notch in favor of the “i” design, we’re getting equal bezels on every side of the device early. Sure, the dual cutout looks odd, but don’t the perfectly symmetrical bezels look better?
The new image shows the same pill + hole design that has been rumored for months…but now with the exact diameter of 5.631mm
Apple still plans to use the traditional notch look on standard iPhone 14 models: this new design is reserved only for Pro models
Sam’s take: In case there was any doubt about the size of the larger pill + hole design, this should extinguish it. Apple is almost certainly going in this direction whether we like it or not. I think it’s starting to grow on me?