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Apple Watch 8 Pro just got its biggest redesign in 4 years

Apple may be giving its Apple Watch its biggest design shake-up in years with a rumored Apple Watch “Pro” model that could arrive later this year.

According to Bloomberg’s trusted source Mark Gurman, the new Pro variant won’t have the boxy look that has long been rumored. In their Power On newsletter (will open in a new tab), Gurman mentions that the design may be “an evolution of the current rectangular rather than round”. It also won’t have flat sides.

Apple is rumored to be releasing not one, but three Apple Watches this year – the Apple Watch 8, the high-end Apple Watch 8 Pro (or you could just call it the Apple Watch Pro). The Apple Watch 8 could also arrive alongside the new Apple Watch SE. But it is the Pro that should be the rugged, sporty and premium offering of the series.

According to Gurman, the Apple Watch Pro’s display screen will be “a little bigger.” So much so that it could only “appeal to a subset of clients”. The display will reportedly be 7% larger than the standard Apple Watch. This is something we’ve heard before, and Gurman once mentioned that the display can span a full 2 ​​inches diagonally. But the 7% larger screen could mean it could be larger than the previously suggested 2-inch number.

The Pro should be special not only with the updated design, but also with the materials. It will reportedly be made from a higher quality material such as “durable titanium”, making it more durable.

The Apple Watch Pro could get longer battery life and a new body temperature sensor (even the Apple Watch 8 could have a body temperature sensor), Gurman mentioned recently. This time, he says the Pro can last several days on a single charge, thanks to rumors of a low power mode.

As for the other sensors, Gurman estimates that nothing has really changed, and that we may see blood pressure technology probably in 2025, and “the glucose measurement function may not be ready until the end of the decade.”

The only new sensor that could debut would be a body temperature sensor. Rumor has it that, like the Apple Watch 8, the Pro runs on the older S8 chip that powers the Apple Watch 7 and Apple Watch 6 models.

If Apple launches a Pro tier for the Apple Watch this year, it might be more geared towards athletes or high-intensity workouts. It is also rumored to have advanced hiking and swim tracking capabilities. In that sense, it can compete with Garmin’s high-end sports watches and everything “Pro” Apple makes – it can also command a much higher price. Gurman previously suggested that the Apple Watch Pro could cost up to $1,000.

Aside from rumors of a new design and premium build, it remains to be seen if the Apple Watch Pro will manage to include “Pro” level features. Gurman notes that “the upcoming release of the Apple Watch promises to be one of the company’s most exciting product launches this year.”

Stay tuned for more on Apple’s upcoming releases, including the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro, which we predict will arrive on September 13 along with the new Apple Watch set.

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