Earlier this month BloombergMark Gurman and Debby Wu reported that Apple plans to introduce a replacement for the Apple Watch Series 3 that will compete with lower-cost fitness trackers like Fitbit’s.
That rumor has now been supported by hit-or-miss leaker Jon Prosser, who claims Apple plans to announce a cheaper Apple Watch model at its September 15th virtual event. In a tweet, Prosser said the new model will have a similar design to the Apple Watch Series 4, with sizes of 40mm and 44mm available.
It’s worth noting that Prosser falsely claimed that new Apple Watch and iPad models would be announced in a press release this Tuesday, but on other occasions he has shared accurate information about Apple’s product release plans.
Prosser added that this cheaper Apple Watch will be missing some newer features like the EKG app and a permanently on display. Confusingly, he also mentioned that the model will include the M9 chip, one of Apple’s older motion coprocessors found in devices like the iPhone 6s, the original iPhone SE, and the fifth generation iPad.
Apple Watch “SE?” (Cheaper Apple Watch.) Code name: N140S
Code name: N140B
40mm Cellular Code Name: N142S
Code name: N142B
Cellular 42mm – Series 4 design
– No permanently visible display
– No EKG
– M9 chip at the “Time Flies” event on September 15th. – Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) September 11, 2020
Correction: 44 mm * not 42 mm – Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) September 11, 2020
Last month, Apple submitted more unreleased Apple Watch models to the Eurasian Economic Commission’s database than in previous years, adding further credibility to the possibility of both Apple Watch Series 6 and cheaper models being announced next week.
Apple will stream its event on its website and YouTube on September 15 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time. The announcements here at MacRumors are covered in full. Gurman recently announced that the event will focus on new Apple Watch models and possibly a redesigned iPad Air. New iPhones are not expected until October.