A prolific leaker has shared code names and alleged details of a new affordable Apple Watch model, with it possibly arriving at Apple’s September 15 “Time Flies” event.
Jon Prosser may have stated the incorrect launch date for the upcoming “Apple Watch Series 6,” but that isn’t stopping him from dropping more details before the upcoming Apple event. According to a tweet, there will be two models of Apple Watch launching— this inexpensive Apple Watch and an “Apple Watch Pro.”
This is what he shared about the budget Apple Watch:
Apple Watch “SE?” (more affordable Apple Watch.)
– Series 4 design
– No always-on display
– No ECG
– M9 chip
Coming at the September 15th “Time Flies” Event.
— Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) September 11, 2020
He noted after the initial tweet posted that the 42mm model is in fact a 44mm model. Another follow up tweet described the internal naming of the devices as “Apple Watch” and “Apple Watch Pro,” which may be placeholders and not final marketing names.
Rumors about a more affordable Apple Watch have been circulating for months stating a new plastic material would be used to reduce cost. The lack of an always-on display and advanced health features like ECG could further reduce cost.
Software leaks have indicated an upcoming “kid mode” which would alter the Apple Watch experience for children. Parents would be able to purchase the affordable Apple Watch, set it up as a child device on the parent iPhone, and give the child the device with restrictions in place. Such a feature would eliminate the need for an additional iPhone for pairing the watch.
Apple will reveal new products at the September 15 event, and rumors indicate it will be the new “Apple Watch Series 6” and “iPad Air 4.” Most publications indicate that Apple will not announce the “iPhone 12” at this event, as the company has already stated that the iPhone launch will be delayed this year.