Apple Watch Series 8: News, Price, Release Date, Specs, and Rumors

It's still early, but here's what we know about the 2022 Apple Watch

Apple Watch 8 predictions are coming right on the heels of the release of the Apple Watch Series 7. Will features rumored for the Series 7 be in the Series 8?

The Apple Watch Series 7
The Apple Watch Series 7.

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When Will Apple Watch Series 8 Be Released?

Apple comes out with a new smartwatch every year, or at least they have historically, since their first one in 2015. If they intend to continue with this trend, there will be another watch in 2022.

In addition to releasing a standard edition, the rumor is that we'll also see a rugged sports model and an updated Apple Watch SE.

Lifewire’s Release Date Estimate

Since the Series 1 Apple Watch (which should not be confused with the first generation of the Apple Watch, referred by many (but not Apple) as Series 0), September has been the release month. We expect the same schedule for the Series 8, so look for it in September 2022. As we get closer to the fall of next year, we'll know more about when the Apple event will be.

Apple Watch Series 8 Price Rumors

Any factual information from Apple on the Series 8 is still many months out, but one thing we may not have to take guesses on is its price. Like the yearly release cycle not changing, we expect the base model for Apple Watch Series 8 to start at the same price as Series 4 through 7: $399 (US).

If the lower-cost Apple Watch SE 2 arrives with the Series 8, it'll probably cost $279, just like the first edition.

Pre-Order Information

Apple Watch 8 pre-orders will start sometime after Apple announces the new watch. Again, this won't be until the fall of 2022, so be sure to check back for updated details as we get closer to the launch month.

Apple Watch Series 8 Features

Below are some features we're eager to see in the next iteration of the Apple Watch. They go hand-in-hand with additions expected with any new hardware, like longer battery life, bigger/better screens, and an upgraded operating system (watchOS 9).

  • Temperature reader: Checking body temperature would be much easier if we all carried around thermometers, but building it into something we already have on us all day long is way more convenient. Rumors pointed to the Series 7 offering this feature, Bloomberg said, but it's "more likely to be included in the 2022 update." A built-in body temperature sensor would further round out Apple Watch's health and wellness arsenal.
  • Flat-edged design: This was a rumor previously thought to be true of the 2021 watch, based on Apple Watch renders from Jon Prosser. In retrospect, there's a chance that those details were early leaks of the Series 8, though a recent source who claims to have what appears to be a final design of the watch, says that the design will resemble the Series 7 (i.e., no flat edge).
  • MicroLED: The Apple Watch Series 8 screen might use MicroLED instead of OLED. Due to fundamental differences in how these technologies work, a MicroLED Apple Watch could lead to a slimmer device that's also brighter and less demanding of power than previous models.
  • Wrist unlock or Touch ID: While it doesn't sound as commonplace as fingerprint unlock, this might be what we're looking at if this light field camera patent goes into use with the next Apple Watch. Similar to your finger or face unlocking your phone, you might use your forearm or wrist to prove that you're the watch owner. If wrist unlock tech isn't built-in to this watch, we can hope for Touch ID.
  • Blood glucose tracking: Tracking blood sugar directly from an Apple Watch without a secondary device would be huge, whether you're diabetic or simply interested in monitoring this aspect of your body. It's not clear if this Apple patent is referring to blood glucose, specifically, but it does mention a "system for measuring a concentration of a substance." However, as handy as it'd be, we might need to wait several years to see glucose monitoring.
  • Blood pressure monitoring: Like glucose tracking, Apple Watch can already be paired with other devices to track blood pressure. What we could see in the Series 8 is the built-in ability to read blood pressure. Various patents show Apple is interested in this tech.
  • Crash detection: The Apple Watch already has fall detection that can tell when you've had a bad fall, and will dial 911 if you need it to. The 2022 Apple Watch is rumored to include an upgrade that will do the same for car crashes.

Apple Watch Series 8 Specs and Hardware

We hope for a slightly bigger watch to further reduce the need to pull out our phones to do various tasks. The 41mm and 47mm Apple Watch 7 sizes are an upgrade from Series 6's 40mm and 44mm, so we could see this grow again.

Analyst Ross Young hints at this, adding that there might be a third size:

Any realistic look at specs won't come for a while since this is the 2022 Apple Watch. We'll keep this page updated with any new information as it becomes available.

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