In celebration of its tenth anniversary, Apple is reportedly preparing to release the “Apple Watch X” around 2024 or 2025. After a series of smaller updates, this upcoming model is expected to bring the most significant changes in the watch’s history.
Apple Watch X could feature a sleeker design and a magnetic system for attaching bands, according to tech analyst Mark Gurman. With the present design, bands are slid into the sides and locked, which takes up valuable space inside the device and limits the possibility of improvements such as larger batteries.
According to Gurman, Apple may be exploring a magnetic attachment method that might provide more room for enhancements, possibly affecting band compatibility. As of yet, it is unclear how this system will operate in the Watch X.
The Watch X could also introduce advanced features such as an LCD screen and blood pressure sensors, in addition to the aesthetic changes. 9to5mac reports that this transformation may be as significant as the shift from the iPhone 7 to the iPhone X, potentially indicating a shift in Apple’s policy.
It was reported earlier that Apple Watches with microLED displays, which were expected to be released in 2025, might be delayed due to a reconfiguration of the production chain. As a result, this new report contradicts the earlier one.
Apple has always launched new Apple Watches with incremental improvements since the device’s launch. While Gurman’s insights hint at internal discussions about slowing down this rapid cycle, new versions have shown diminishing novelty.
Apple Watch Series 9 is expected to be a minor update this fall, but all eyes will be on the upcoming anniversary model.