In just a couple of days, Apple is expected to announce three possible Apple Watch models. These are the standard Apple Watch Series 8, the second-generation Apple Watch SE, and a rugged Apple Watch Pro. Leaked images of alleged Apple Watch Pro accessories suggest that it will be sporting a redesigned chassis and more prominent display.
Leaked Images of Apple Watch Pro
In his weekly “Power On” newsletter, Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman said that the Apple Watch Pro would feature a new form factor. It’s been a long time since Apple introduced a new form factor in the Apple Watch Series 4 in 2018. How different its design would be from the rest of the Apple Watch models that Cupertino has released remained unknown until recently.
Two images of alleged Apple Watch Pro accessories just came out of China. Leaker Sonny Dickson posted several images on Twitter while user UnclePan posted the other on Weibo. Both leakers have shared reliable information in the past regarding upcoming Apple product announcements.
Furthermore, noted graphics designer Ian Zelbo worked with Parker Orolani to generate renders of the upcoming device. These renders are based off CAD drawings leaked over the weekend.
New Form Factor for the Apple Watch Pro
UnclePan noted that Apple Watch “Pro is not square in the traditional sense, but a new form factor.” The image of the alleged Apple Watch Pro accessory suggests rounded edges on the Apple Watch Pro. The upper rim that meets the display will be flat and will sit flush with a flatter screen.
Interestingly, the casings also have several cutouts, with the usual ones for the Digital Crown and Side button on the right. It seems that the Digital Crown and the other side buttons would be more protruding than the current Apple Watch models. Dickson also posted another image of the alleged Apple Watch Pro accessory. This image seems to confirm an additional button on the left side of the Watch. This could also be used for speaker vents, leaving the other button on the left side for other purposes. These could include other functions that mimic touch control functionalities, since athletes are more accustomed to using buttons than touch screens on smartwatches or fitness trackers.
Gurman Says Apple Watch Pro Will Have Bigger Display
Meanwhile, Gurman expects the Apple Watch Pro to offer a bigger display. This makes sense, since the Pro Watch will target users with sporty and active lifestyles. Apple needs to up its game to compete with other smartwatches that provide a bigger display. According to Gurman, the Apple Watch Pro display will measure almost 2 inches diagonally. This is larger than the 1.9 diagonal screens of the current Apple Watch Series 7. The display will also feature a more shatter-resistant screen to withstand various extreme conditions.
We really can’t wait to find out how the Apple Watch Pro will be different from the standard Apple Watch and Apple Watch SE. Earlier reports said that Apple won’t be bringing in new designs for these two Apple Watch models.