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Apple’s affordable Watch SE may be arriving much sooner than later, claims a new rumor. According to the often correct (sometimes not) leaker Jon Prosser, Apple may be unveiling its new Apple Watch during tomorrow’s highly-anticipated press event.
Earlier this month, a rumor from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and Debby Wu hinted that Apple was working on a new affordable Watch.
The new Apple Watch will resemble the Apple Watch Series 4 on the outside, according to Prosser, and likely will replace the Apple Watch Series 3 in Apple’s lineup. It supposedly will be available in both 40mm and 44mm sizes, just like the existing Apple Watch Series 5.
This low-cost model is rumored to be priced to compete with entry-level fitness smartwatches from Garmin and Fitbit’s likes.
Not surprisingly, this new Apple Watch may have a slimmed-down feature set. It likely will not include an ECG app nor the Always-On Display found on the Apple Watch Series 5.
Prosser does claim this entry-level Apple Watch will be powered by the M9 chip. He doesn’t elaborate on this part of the Watch hardware, but well-known Apple pundit Rene Ritchie guesses that this could be a derivation of the M9 motion co-processor from the A9 chipset.
Though many refer to this new Watch as the Apple Watch SE, it likely won’t be released under this name, said Prosser. He notes that the Watch is listed as the Apple Watch and Apple Watch Pro from his sources. It’s not clear that these are the final marketing names. More than likely, Apple has another name prepared for its affordable Watch version.
Apple is holding its press event on September 15th. The company will be live streaming the event starting at 10 A.M. Pacific.
Apple is expected to unveil new Apple Watch models, a redesigned iPad Air, and possibly the public release of iOS 14, macOS 11 Big Sur, watchOS 7 and more.
Apple reportedly still is planning to release new iPhones this year but may wait until October to unveil them.