While we expected the Apple Watch 6 to be announced at the just confirmed Apple event On September 15, it may not launch on its own: A leaker has claimed that an Apple Watch ‘SE’ will come out at a slower speed next to it.
To be clear, this is Jon Prosser, whose predictions weren’t always upside down – his estimate of an Apple product announcement on Sept. 8 was instead an official confirmation that the product announcements would appear a week later – at the Apple event on September 8th September 15th.
But the prospect is tempting: a slower-speed Apple Watch that would likely be cheaper than the leading smartwatch. According to Prosser, the Apple Watch ̵
Apple Watch “SE?” (Cheaper Apple Watch.) Codename: N140S GPS 40mmCodename: N140BCellular 40mmCodename: N142SGPS 42mmCodename: N142BCellular 42mm- Series 4-Design- No permanently visible display- No EKG- M9-ChipComing at the event “Time Flies” on September 15th. 2020
Note: The M9 chip seems, as Apple researcher Rene Ritchie explains in a tweet response, to refer to the A9 system’s M9 sensor fusion co-processor on a chip … the one found on iPhones and the 2016 era IPads were introduced in 2016. It’s unclear how this would end on an Apple Watch.
Prosser further notes that “Apple Watch SE” is not the name given to hardware engineers – for them the watch names are divided into Apple Watch and Apple Watch Pro. It is unclear which configurations this dual title applies to or whether the Apple Watches can be split between leading (Pro) and lower (Standard) models.
It is unclear which, if any, of these names will be the final name, assuming the device even hits the market on September 15th. However, it could follow Apple’s method of renaming its budget devices to overlap with the old ones: the 2020 iPhone SE is listed as “iPhone SE” on the Apple website, ignoring the original 2016 model.
- We also expect the iPad Air 4 at the Apple event in September
- And maybe the long-rumored Apple AirTags
- What are we not expecting? The iPhone 12, which is supposed to hit the market in October
Role of a cheap watch?
Until now, consumers have had two options with Apple’s smartwatches: buy the brand new one or buy a now cheaper older model for little money most the latest features of the watch. For example, pay for the Apple Watch 5, which starts at $ 399 / £ 399 / AU $ 649, or look for deals on older Apple Watch 3s that are half that price these days.
Adding an Apple Watch SE (or just “Apple Watch”) could provide a clearer option for consumers who don’t need all of the bells and whistles but still want an up-to-date device that works well with their other Apple products. Not everyone needs an SpO2 sensor to check their blood oxygen levels – a feature reportedly common in the Apple Watch 6.