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“Apple Watch X” poised for thinner design and innovative magnetic bands

Apple enthusiasts anticipating a significant redesign of the mainline Apple Watch will need to exercise patience, as the anticipated transformation won’t grace the scene this year. According to insights from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman in his recent Power On newsletter, Apple’s focus is directed towards crafting a sleeker iteration called the “Apple Watch X.” This forthcoming rendition is set to introduce magnetic watch band attachment points, a revolutionary blood pressure sensor, and a cutting-edge microLED screen. However, the wait may extend until late 2024 or possibly even 2025 before these innovations materialize.

The chatter surrounding a more vibrant and color-rich microLED screen for the Apple Watch has persisted for months. Yet, the implementation of this advanced screen technology presents a formidable challenge given its novelty and substantial cost. Apple is diligently navigating the complexities to seamlessly integrate a downsized and cost-effective version of this technology into the confines of its smallest-screen device. On the horizon, the potential unveiling of a blood pressure sensor aligns with reports that Apple has harbored intentions for this addition for years. If realized, this milestone could coincide with the 10-year anniversary of the Apple Watch.

Amidst these forthcoming innovations, Gurman reaffirms prior conjectures. The Apple Watch Series 9 is anticipated to receive a substantial processor upgrade, marking the first enhancement since the introduction of the Series 6. However, the screen dimensions, including those for the 49mm Apple Watch Ultra, are poised to remain consistent with the previous year. If this holds true, the “Series” watches may see an evolution that leans towards the incremental, paralleling the trajectory of last year’s updates.

Historically, the mechanical attachments utilized in all prior Apple Watch models served as a boon for customers, allowing the reuse of existing bands across generations. Gurman delves into a pragmatic shift, highlighting that these attachments consume valuable space that could otherwise be utilized to slim down the wearable and bolster both battery life and internal components. This recalibration strategy resonates with Apple’s approach, as exemplified by the Apple Watch Ultra, where an increased battery capacity took precedence over compactness.