Next Year’s Apple Watch X Could Get Some Big Changes

If Apple follows its usual release pattern we can expect it to announce its next Apple Watch in September of 2024. With Apple expected to announce the Apple Watch Series 9 in September 2023, the 2024 release could well be called the Apple Watch X.

And it could be one that brings some big changes to the world’s most popular watch.

That’s according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, writing in the weekly

[‘ newsletter. Gurman believes that the new tenth-anniversary Apple Watch will offer the “biggest overhaul yet.”

Gurman says that the new Apple Watch X will be thinner and could also have a new way of attaching bands to the main watch itself. That could mean that older Apple Watch bands won’t work with the Apple Watch X, and vice-versa. The change would apparently give Apple more space to fill with other things, like a bigger battery.

Starting with the original Apple Watch, bands have slid into the sides of the chassis and attached with a locking mechanism. Keeping that design the same let the bands stay compatible with old and new models, but it has downsides. People involved in the development of new Apple Watches say the system takes up a considerable amount of space that could be better filled with a bigger battery or other components.

Gurman says that Apple has looked into a new magnetic band attachment system, although it isn’t clear whether it will be used. There’s more, too. Gurman says that “a microLED display that tops the color and clarity of the current OLED screens, as well as a technology for monitoring blood pressure” are on the way.

As for the Apple Watch Series 9, that’s expected to arrive towards the middle of September alongside the iPhone 15 lineup. It isn’t likely to be a big refresh, possibly pacing the way for a bigger update with the rumored Apple Watch X.

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