5 Reasons to Wait for Apple Watch 8 & 4 Reasons Not To
Apple is working on a brand new Apple Watch 8. The Apple Watch 8 release date is close so there are some great reasons to wait for the company’s 2022 Apple Watch.
If you’re thinking about buying a new Apple Watch in 2022, the Apple Watch 7, Apple Watch 6, and Apple Watch SE are the company’s latest models. You should be able to find some excellent deals on these devices with more discounts coming later in the year assuming you can find them in stock.
Apple still sells the Apple Watch 3 and you can find former flagships like the Apple Watch 5 and Apple Watch 4 at retailers like Amazon. The Apple Watch 3 won’t get upgraded to Apple’s watchOS 9 so we recommend staying away from it. It will likely get discontinued later this year.
While you might be tempted to buy a new Apple Watch right now, you should note that we’ve heard a lot about Apple’s plans for 2022 and they reportedly include three new Apple Watch models.
Apple Watch 8 Rumors
The Apple rumor mill has revealed Apple’s plans for the iPhone and iPad Pro, but we’ve also heard about the company’s new 2022 Apple Watch models.
Rumors have hinted at several new Apple Watch models coming this year and here are the three potential Apple Watch models we’ve heard about thus far:
- Apple Watch 8
- Apple Watch SE 2
- Apple Watch Pro
Numerous sources have outlined the potential features coming to the Apple Watch including a new Low Power Mode. We’ve also heard the standard Apple Watch 8 will come in Red (which will reportedly be a new shade), Midnight, Starlight, and Silver for the aluminum models and Graphite and Silver for the new stainless steel models.
These rumors put those of you searching for a new smartwatch in a tough position: Buy a new device now or wait for Apple’s announcements?
While many people will be fine upgrading right now, others might want to hang around and wait for Apple’s 2022 Apple Watch models.
In this guide we’ll take you through the best reasons to consider waiting for the rumored Apple Watch 8 series and the best reasons to go with something else.
Wait for Better Performance
Apple typically makes yearly improvements to the Apple Watch's performance and we should see some notable changes on board the Apple Watch 8.
While the current Apple Watch models deliver excellent battery life, we could see Apple take things even further with better efficiencies.
This is particularly true for the Apple Watch SE, Apple's affordable Apple Watch. The original Apple Watch SE debuted back in September, 2020 which means it's in line for some performance upgrades.
Initially Bloomberg's Mark Gurman said we should expect "faster chips across the board" though he didn't provide specifics.
Gurman is now saying the Apple Watch 8, the new flagship model, will have a chip that's similar to the one inside the Apple Watch 7. He does say the new Apple Watch SE might get the same S8 chip coming on board the Apple Watch 8.
If you aren't thrilled with the Apple Watch's current horsepower, particularly when it comes to the current version of the Apple Watch SE, you might want to hang back and wait for the new models.