The Apple Watch Series 9 could be the first Apple watch in a while to sport a notable chip upgrade. That’s according to a new report citing a comment by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman.
That comment came in a Discord channel dedicated to subscribers of Gurman’s Power On newsletter. MacRumors reported on the comment, saying that Gurman believes a new chip will be used in the Apple Watch Series 9.
Gurman says that the Series 9 chip will be a “new processor” rather than a rebranding of the prior-generation chip, and when asked whether the chip would be based on the A15 chip, he said that he believed that would be the case.
Apple hasn’t refreshed the chip that powers the Apple Watch in years. The Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch Series 7 both used a rebadged version of the chip found in the Apple Watch Series 6, so we could see a big speed improvement when opening apps and more when the Apple Watch Series 9 arrives.
The Apple Watch Series 9 isn’t expected to debut until around September time, likely alongside new iPhones. It still isn’t clear whether we will see Apple refresh the Apple Watch SE or Apple Watch Ultra at the same time, however.
Apple is also expected to announce watchOS 10 at the WWDC event that will kick off on June 5 — that’s also when we will see Apple announce new iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV software as well.
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