Apple Watch X: Bigger Screen, Thinner Design Coming

Apple Watch X: Bigger Screen, Thinner Design Coming

The upcoming Apple Watch, anticipated for release in September and previously referred to as Apple Watch X, is rumored to feature a larger screen and a thinner overall design compared to its predecessor.

Both sizes of the Apple Watch X are expected to boast bigger displays, with the larger version matching the screen size of the Apple Watch Ultra. However, no significant design changes are anticipated beyond these enhancements.

In terms of the Apple Watch Ultra, no major design updates are expected this year. Internally, though, both the Apple Watch X and the Apple Watch Ultra will be equipped with a new chip.

This chip is expected to enable future Apple Intelligence features, though these innovations won’t be seen this year as Apple is currently focusing on integrating AI into its iPhone, iPad, Mac, and the Vision Pro.

One of the most anticipated features, blood pressure tracking, might not be included in this year’s release. Apple has reportedly encountered significant issues with its reliability during testing, particularly in conjunction with the new, thinner Apple Watch X design.

While the exact cause is unclear, the thinness of the device could be a contributing factor. When this feature does eventually launch, it will not provide precise blood pressure readings but will instead monitor baseline levels and alert users if there’s a significant increase.

Another challenging feature for Apple is sleep apnea tracking, which relies on blood oxygen saturation levels. Currently, Apple is involved in a lawsuit with Masimo regarding this technology, preventing Apple Watches from measuring blood oxygen levels until the legal matter is resolved. This could delay the sleep apnea tracking feature unless the lawsuit concludes by September or Apple finds an alternative solution.

Additionally, Apple is reportedly developing a new entry-level Apple Watch SE. This version could be made from hard plastic instead of aluminum to reduce costs and compete more directly with Samsung’s Galaxy Watch FE, which is priced at $199, compared to $249 for the current Apple Watch SE.

As September approaches, Apple enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting the official announcements to see which of these rumored features will make it to the final product lineup.