We know that Apple will host a virtual event on Tuesday, September 15th. The company will likely unveil a new flagship smartwatch. But we can also see a less expensive alternative as well.
According to series leaks Jon Prosser, Apple will show a “cheaper Apple Watch” at next week’s event. The new smartwatch, which Prosser jokingly refers to as the “Apple Watch SE”, comes in two sizes: 40mm and 44mm. The GPS 40mm option has the code name N140S while the GPS 44mm variant has the code name N142S. The mobile code names are N140B for 40mm and N142B for the mobile network.
This will effectively replace the Apple Watch Series 3 as Apple’s affordable Apple Watch alternative.
Apple Watch “SE?” (cheaper Apple Watch.)
Code name: N140S
Code name: N140B
Code name: N142S
Code name: N142B
– Series 4 design
– Not always on screen
– No ECG
– M9 chip
Coming to the September 15 “Time Flies” event.
– Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) September 11, 2020
Prosser goes on to say that the new affordable Apple Watch will be based on the Series 4’s design. It will also trim back some of the features present in high-end smartwatches from Apple. So the new affordable Apple Watch will reportedly drop the feature that is always on the screen, nor will it have a built-in ECG feature. However, there will be an M9 chip inside, according to Prosser. (M9 motion coprocessor is available in devices such as iPhone 6s.)
Prosser’s subsequent tweets say that the new smartwatch is not actually listed as “Apple Watch SE”, but rather “Apple Watch” and “Apple Watch Pro”. Prosser adds: “Who knows if these are the final marketing names”, and says that they seem “weird” to him. And that would actually be quite the change from Apple’s typical marketing plan for the smartwatch series.
We do not have long to wait to see how all this pans out, though. Apple’s event is on Tuesday, and if the rumors go out, we will see a new high-end Apple Watch, a cheaper smartwatch and at least a new iPad model as well.
Are you looking forward to getting a new Apple Watch? Do you want to go for the more expensive model, or the cheaper option?