Apple will likely unveil the Apple Watch Pro at its iPhone 14 event tomorrow. This week, third-party case leaks provided the best glimpse of what to expect from this model, as rumors suggested Apple would make it the biggest Apple Watch announced yet.
Now, graphic designer Ian Zelbo and UI/UX Designer Parker Ortolani created stunning renders of the Apple Watch Pro with redesigned watch faces and more.
Zelbo and Ortolani based their renders on computer-aided design (CAD) leaks and information shared by Bloombergby Mark Gurman in his latest To light up newsletter.
9to5Mac expect a physically larger device, with a 47mm+ body and a screen under two inches. The screen is tuned to be flat, rather than the rounded one on existing models, which is likely to better protect the glass from bumps. The case material is believed to be titanium. We also expect a larger battery, to extend battery life.
On one side, there are two openings, a long one and a rounder and more oval one. One is likely to be for the speaker, which sits centrally on this side of current models. The position of this cutout suggests that it has been repositioned off-center. On the other side there is the digital crown with a side button and the microphone.
What’s interesting from the CAD and the renders is that the new digital crown — which looks larger than previous models and it’s a Crown Guard — is somehow protected by the side button . A Twitter user noted that this protrusion could be a nod to the Nautilus Watch, which is former Apple design chief Jony Ive’s favorite watch.
What to expect from the Apple Watch Pro?
In his last To light up newsletter, BloombergMark Gurman said that aside from the S8 chip, body temperature sensor, and women’s health features, this high-end rugged watch will be aimed at “intensive athletes like mountain bikers, hikers, and marathon runners.”
With a “significantly larger display”, it will feature redesigned watch faces, more fitness and health tracking stats, a larger battery and the rumored low power mode.
Gurman said this device “probably won’t appeal to all consumers, as it will be bigger than most wrists.” On the retro compatibility controversy, the reporter doubled down on the fact that “given the larger size, older Apple Watch straps may not appear to line up with the device, but the new case is designed so that existing wristbands can still work”.
The journalist also mentions Garmin’s competitiveness and price:
The device should appeal to people who have coveted the equally sizable Garmin offerings. Apple has been working on this new watch for a while. (…) I expect this watch to cost at least $900 to $1,000, surpassing the current Apple Watch edition. For comparison, Garmin’s high-end watches cost between $1,000 and $1,500. Amazfit also competes in this category, although generally at lower prices.
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