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Apple Watch Series 8: everything we know so far, from design to specs

Apple Watch render
(Image credit: Jon Prosser)

Apple Watch Series 8 is expected to launch this year, and we're already hoping for a significant upgrade to the smartwatch. While the Apple Watch Series 7 wasn't a disappointment as such (the larger screen is a big winner), it felt like a somewhat subtle improvement on the Apple Watch Series 6. Will the next generation prove to be more of a step up? Well, we've got all the Apple Watch Series 8 rumours here, from design to special features.

The Apple Watch Series 7 came out in October 2021, and we'd expect to see Apple Watch 8 release around the same time this year. For now, there are very few confirmed, definitive details on what's in store, but as always there are plenty of exciting rumours and claimed leaks, ranging from the introduction of body temperature monitoring to a whole new Watch model. This means it could be a big year for Apple Watch wearers. Of course, if you can't wait, the Apple Watch 7 is already a superb piece of wearable tech, and we're tracking the best deals in our guide to the best Apple Watch Series 7 prices.

Apple Watch Series 8: Design

Apple Watch Series 8 renders

Some leakers say we're in for a new, flat design (Image credit: Front Page Tech)

One rumour that we heard a lot ahead of the launch of the Apple Watch Series 7 was that it would take inspiration from the iPhone 13 and iPad Pro and introduce a flat-edged design. That didn't happen, but rumours that this move is in the works aren't going away. They've simply now become Apple Watch Series 8 rumours instead, the claim being that Apple had to delay its supposedly planned redesign because of production issues (or that this design change was always planned for the Apple Watch 8, not the 7. It's well worth stressing that these are only rumours, however. Others have suggested that Apple Watch Series 8 design will retain the round edges of previous models.

Apple Watch Series 8 render

Other leakers suggest the design will remain similar to that of the Series 7 (Image credit: Apple/Future owns)

Perhaps a more radical suggestion is that we could see the addition of an entirely new Apple Watch model in 2022. It's been claimed that a long with the Series 8 and an updated Apple Watch SE, the Cupertino brand is also planning to add a special 'rugged' Apple Watch editing designed with extreme sports fans in mind. First reported by Bloomberg (opens in new tab), it's said that this extra-strong Apple Watch will boast "a rugged design with impact shock resistance and protective exterior, similar to a Casio G-Shock watch". We'd be intrigued to see how that would look in practice, and how it departs from the standard Apple Watch aesthetic.

Other than that, Apple usually introduces at least one new colour for the Apple Watch every year, and there's no reason to doubt the Series 8 will be any different. According to one leaker, next year's shade will be a light green, akin to the hue used for the iPad Air 4.

Apple Watch Series 8: Features

Apple Watch 7

There are some exciting internal upgrades rumoured (Image credit: Apple)

While it's early to speculate about the internals of the device, rumour has it we might be in for a blood sugar sensor, and as always, battery life is said to be getting a boost. According to the Wall Street Journal (opens in new tab), the Series 8 might also feature blood pressure monitoring.

Seasoned Apple leaker Ming-Chi Kuo has claimed (opens in new tab) that the Apple Watch Series 8 could be capable of body temperature monitoring, which would allow users to check their temperature simply by glancing at their wrist. He reckons this was in the works for the Series 7 but was cancelled "because the algorithm failed to qualify". Meanwhile, new sleep tracking features, including the ability to detect advanced sleep patterns and sleep apnea, are rumoured to be making the cut next year. 

Apple Watch Series 8: Price and release date 

Again, there's no confirmed info out there yet, but based on previous patterns – perhaps we could even start to call it tradition, we can predict that the Apple Watch Series 8 release date will fall in the last quarter of 2022.  Apple usually reveals its new Watch iterations alongside its iPhone updates in September, and there's no reason to expect anything different this year. If the pricing follows that of the 7, and basically any other other recent Apple Watch, we can conclude that it will most probably start at around $399 / £369. It seems unlikely Apple would diverge from that pattern, although the rumoured new model would probably have a different price point.

Right now, that's just about all we have on the Apple Watch Series 8. But rest assured, we'll be keeping this page updated with every new rumour to emerge about the upcoming wearable(s). In the meantime, if you want the best Watch experience available right here and now, check out today's best Apple Watch Series 7 deals below, and be sure to visit our main Apple Watch deals page for more offers.

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Daniel Piper
Daniel Piper

Daniel Piper is Creative Bloq’s Senior News Editor. As the brand’s Apple authority, he covers all things Mac, iPhone, iPad and the rest. He also reports on the worlds of design, branding and tech. Daniel joined Future in 2020 (an eventful year, to say the least) after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more. Outside of Future, Daniel is a global poetry slam champion and has performed at festivals including Latitude, Bestival and more. He is the author of Arbitrary and Unnecessary: The Selected Works of Daniel Piper (Selected by Daniel Piper).