An Apple Watch Series 9 this year is all but certain. Like many other products from the Apple portfolio, the smart wristwatch will also receive an update in 2023.
So far there have been some rumors about the upcoming smartwatch. We summarize all important information for you.
Release: When will the Apple Watch Series 9 appear?
It is still too early to determine an exact date – especially since there is no official information from Apple.
The product keynote will almost certainly follow in September, where the new iPhone 15 series will also be presented.
The Cupertino-based manufacturer appears to be maintaining the rhythm of recent years, so that fall month could be chosen again for release – a few weeks after the official presentation.
Before the start of the new hardware, we can expect the presentation of watchOS 10 on June 5th, which will probably be the biggest update for the smart wristwatch so far.
Price: What will the Apple Watch Series 9 cost?
Apple started raising prices for its products last year, including the Apple Watch. So far there are no rumors that the manufacturer will change the pricing again.
So we can very likely count on the same prices from last year’s Series 8:
- Apple Watch Series 9 GPS: ab 499 Euro
- Apple Watch Series 9 GPS + Cellular: ab 619 Euro
- Apple Watch Series 9 stainless steel (GPS + Cellular): from 849 euros
So far there is no information about a new model of the Apple Watch SE and Apple Watch Ultra. It can be assumed that the prices of these two smartwatches will change only slightly, if at all(!).
Currently, the prices of these two models are as follows:
- Apple Watch SE GPS: ab 299 Euro
- Apple Watch SE GPS + Cellular: ab 369 Euro
- Apple Watch Ultra (GPS + Cellular): 999 Euro
Design: No major changes expected
Information so far does not indicate any significant changes to the design of the Apple Watch Series 9.
The same form factor is also expected with 41 millimeters and 45 millimeters respectively. The round design was first introduced by Apple with the Series 4 in 2018.
The last notable adjustment was on the Series 7. Apple gave the watch a brighter, larger display and thinner bezels.
It remains to be seen whether Apple will introduce further size options in addition to the previous ones. The Apple Watch Ultra is currently the largest wristwatch in the repertoire at a proud 49 millimeters.
Specifications and battery life
According to the latest rumors, the Apple Watch Series 9 will have a revised one A15 chip received, which should offer added value in terms of performance and battery life.
Many Apple Watch wearers have long wished for a longer battery life. It remains to be seen if the Series 9 will inherit more features from the Apple Watch Ultra and iPhone.
For example, an SOS emergency call via satellite would be conceivable.
The Apple Watch Ultra also has precise dual-frequency GPS, which is clearly superior to that of the Series 8 – as our impression also conveys.
watchOS 10 is said to bring big changes
According to previous rumors, the user interface of the Apple Watch will be fundamentally revised with watchOS 10. Widgets are to be integrated (again) into the operating system.
Similar to the iPhone, these can be stacked and scrolled between them.
This means that individual apps no longer have to be opened to obtain information. According to Mark Gurman, Apple is also testing hardware button changes, like the Digital Crown.
For example, this is intended to create a shortcut to open widget screens instead of going back to the home panel.
Apple will most likely give us a first glimpse at WWDC 2023 on June 5th.
These functions will probably be a long time coming
There are more rumors circulating online about features that Apple is said to be working on for future smartwatch models. However, these will most likely not be found in the Series 9:
- Micro-LED-Display: It should be 2024 at the earliest: Apple is said to be working on the micro-LED screen technology for the smartwatch. However, this type of display should be reserved for the most expensive model, i.e. the Watch Ultra.
- Neue Apple Watch Ultra: Apple is probably working on a larger display for the Ultra model. The smartwatch currently has a 49 millimeter screen, which should be surpassed again. It is assumed that the larger screen will be installed together with the Micro-LED technology.
- Non-invasive blood glucose monitoring: Under the covers, Apple seems to be working on a technology to perform non-invasive glucose monitoring via the smartwatch. As of now, we’re still years away from that. However, Apple seems to be making great strides, making this feature increasingly likely for future Apple Watch models.
Apple Watch Series 9: ein iteratives Upgrade
According to the current state of knowledge, the upcoming smartwatch from Apple will not receive any major improvements and will rather be an iterative upgrade.
The upcoming watchOS 10 update, on the other hand, will receive much more attention, which could breathe new life into the watch.
Before the presentation of the Apple Watch Series 9, the Apple developer conference will take place. The hardware keynote will probably not take place again until autumn. What innovations do you expect from watchOS 10 and the Series 9? Do you own an Apple smartwatch or do you have a watch from another manufacturer on your wrist? Let us know in the comments below!