Apple Watch 8 Release Date: What We Know So Far

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Apple Watch 8 Release Date: What We Know So Far

Key Points

  • The Apple Watch 8 was released on September 16th, 2021.
  • Shoppers expected updates to include sleep-tracking functionality, medication apps to help with supplements, and vitamins, prescription tracking, and the ability to create customized workouts.
  • It will feature a low-power mode allowing the watch to run all the features and apps smoothly while conserving battery life. 

The Apple Watch Series 7 is arguably the best watch that Apple has made, so it’s no surprise that all of our attention is being drawn to the upcoming Apple Watch 8.

With many rumors surrounding the next-generation Apple Watch, you are probably eager to know what it may offer. So are we!

After much research, our expert team has put together a guide to tell you everything we currently know about the Apple Watch 8, including its release date, possible price, and the upgrades we will likely see. 

Apple Watch 8 Release Date

The exact release date of the Apple Watch 8 remains a mystery. But, judging from previous Apple product launches in the fall time, we predict this year’s generation will likely come out on the 13th of September. 

There has been a historical pattern of Apple Watch releases. You can tell from these previous launches:

SeriesRelease Date
Apple Watch 1 and 2September 16th, 2016
Apple Watch 3September 22nd, 2017
Apple Watch 4September 21st, 2018
Apple Watch 5September 20th, 2019
Apple Watch 6 and SESeptember 18th, 2020
Apple Watch 7Announced on September 14th, 2021, and released on October 15th, 2021

However, it won’t be a surprise if Apple makes an official announcement in September and the watch debuts in October like its predecessor, the Apple Watch 7 series.

Apple Watch 8 Potential Price

Garmin Watch vs Apple Watch

The Apple Watch Series 8 and the latest version of Garmin’s flagship sports watch are excellent devices with which you can monitor your activity and record various metrics.

If consistency is anything to go by, Apple Watch 8 will cost the same as the series 7. If so, we’d expect the Apple Watch 8 to start at $399 for the 41mm and $429 for the 45mm display. Supposing the budget Apple Watch SE 2 debuts at the same time as Apple Watch 8, it will probably set you back $249 for the 40mm and $279 for the 44mm model. 

Rumor has it that a new, rugged third model will be arriving at the same time. Our guess is that this model could be more costly, given its updated design.

Apple Watch Series 8 Design

Previous leaks about the Apple Watch 7 series redesigning may come to light on the Apple Watch 8 model. The new generation might target outdoor Apple Watch enthusiasts with a new high-end rugged model that may feature a 50mm display.

This could be helpful as wearers would have an easier time navigating through the features that the company takes pride in offering. The company may also debut a new version of its budget option, the Apple Watch SE. 

More leaks report that the Apple Watch 8 will likely embrace a flat-edge design that was expected to feature in the previous Apple Watch generation. Another gossip from “ShrimpApplePro” claims that the Apple Watch 8 may feature a glass display.

We are not very sure what to expect, but we anticipate that the Apple Watch 8’s may feature the exact sizes that the Apple Watch 7 comes in. Also, it’s unclear if Apple will be releasing a 50mm model alongside 41mm and 45 mm versions for the eighth-generation smartwatch.

Apple Watch 7
We expect that the new Apple Watch 8 series will come with similar, improved features to the 7 series, and it’s possible a new option will be offered with this generation.

Apple Watch Series 8 Features

It’s being said that the Apple Watch Series 8 will include major updates. Below, we discuss the rumored features expected to be seen in this next series of the Apple Watch.

MicroLED Display

The Apple Watch 8 will likely sport a microLED screen instead of an OLED panel. This upgrade could result in a slimmer, brighter device that is more power-efficient than previous models. 

Wrist Unlock or Touch ID 

We might be looking at security updates on the watch’s biometric system. In addition to the passcode feature, the Apple Watch 8 may get a wrist or forearm unlock or Touch ID feature. 

WatchOS 9

The Apple Watch 8 will receive a banner, user interface, and Siri updates. 

With these upgrades, we expect the watch to have sleep-tracking functionality, medication apps to help with supplements, and vitamins, prescription tracking, and the ability to create customized workouts. This may also include new languages added to the Series 7 QWERTY keyboard.

Body Temperature Monitoring Sensor

This would detect fever and fertility. But, the feature will likely not display wearer-specific temperature readings.   

Sleep Tracking Features

Apple may be able to expand its sleep tracking capabilities. This may improve the watch’s ability to detect sleep apnea and adverse sleep patterns using the existing blood oxygen sensor. However, this upgrade may affect the watch’s battery life. 

Car Crash Detection

Apple is expanding the fall detection feature to enable car crash detection using the accelerometer sensor. The watch will be able to detect car accidents and automatically call emergency services.

Atrial Fibrillation Improvements

Apple is also improving the atrial fibrillation feature to calculate the frequency of AFib in a specified period, monitoring an irregular or rapid heart rate. 

Apple Watch Series 8 Processor 

The rumors that Apple was working on a new processor for their Apple Watch 7 series didn’t come to fruition. Apparently, the 7’s chip is no different from the Series 6 chip. But, are we expecting a performance jump for the upcoming Apple Watch? We expect the new watch processor to have similar specifications as its predecessor. It seems Apple plans to use the same processor for its three generations, the S8 chip. 

Apple Watch Series 8 Battery Life 

Since the next-generation Apple Watch will run on the same processor as the Apple Watch 7 series, you’d likely expect the battery life to be a little wanting. 

However, Series 8 will get an update that will help improve battery life. It will feature a low-power mode allowing the watch to run all the features and apps smoothly while conserving battery life. 

Final Thoughts

The Apple Watch 8 is said to be a significant upgrade to the Apple Watch family. That explains why many die-hard Apple fans eagerly wait for the Apple Watch 8 to arrive in the fall of 2022. We hope this new watch will refine the current Apple Watch models.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Apple releasing a new watch in 2022?

Yes, Apple will be announcing the release of their new Apple Watch 8 probably next month. This watch is expected to feature a slightly larger display than the Apple Watch Series 7.

It may arrive along with the rugged model, the Apple Watch Pro, designed for outdoorsy Apple Watch enthusiasts.

Is the Apple Watch 8 worth waiting for?

This upcoming Apple Watch will have improved features aimed at delivering great user experiences. It will feature a new watchOS 9, allowing software improvements.

Also, it will have an improved battery life, thanks to the inclusion of the low power mode feature, which will help save your watch’s battery life. 

If you’re not in a hurry to get a smartwatch, we’d recommend you wait and see what this upcoming Apple watch has in store. 

Can the Apple Watch call 911 if you are in an accident?

The newer Apple Watch versions (Series 7 and SE) have a fall detection feature. 

The models will automatically contact the local emergency services and send a text message to all your contacts if you fall and stay immobile for over 1 minute. 

The Apple company is expanding this feature to accommodate car crash detection on the next-generation models.

Does the Apple Watch monitor blood sugar?

It’s rumored that Apple is planning to add a blood glucose monitoring functionality to their smartwatch. However, this feature may be set for years to come.

What is the difference between Apple Watch 7 and Apple Watch 8?

These two Apple Watch generations may share some similarities. However, Apple Watch 8 is expected to have better and more exciting upgrades compared to the Apple Watch 7.

It will likely have a car crash detection feature, sleep tracking functionality, body temperature monitoring feature, AFib upgrades, and WidowsOS 9. 

In addition, it could be launched together with a new high-end Rugged Apple Watch alongside a budget SE model.

Which is the best Apple Watch?

The best Apple Watch for you will depend on your preferences.

All the models in the current Apple Watch line-up pack distinct features and capabilities that make them the best for their year.

In addition, models that run on WatchOS receive constant updates. However, newer versions spot advanced features, which make them somewhat better than the older models.

That said, the Apple Watch 7 ranks the best overall. Though it received minor upgrades over the Series 6, it is the first Apple Watch to sport a large screen with a full QWERTY keyboard.

It also offers improved durability, faster charging, and a brighter, always-on Retina display.

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