Earlier this month, BloombergMark Gurman and Debby Wu reported that Apple plans to introduce a replacement for the Apple Watch Series 3 that competes with less expensive training trackers like those from Fitbit.
This rumor has now been supported by hit-or-miss leaker Jon Prosser, who claims that Apple plans to announce a cheap Apple model at its virtual event on September 15. In a tweet, Prosser said the new model will feature a similar design as the Apple Watch Series 4, with sizes of 40mm and 44mm to be available.
It is worth noting that Prosser inaccurately claimed that new Apple Watch and iPad models were announced via a press release on Tuesday this week, but on other occasions he has shared accurate information about Apple’s product release plans.
Prosser added that this cheaper Apple Watch will lack some newer features such as the ECG app and one always on screen. Confusingly, he also mentioned that the model will include the M9 chip, which is one of Apple’s older motion processors found in devices such as the iPhone 6s, the original iPhone SE and the fifth generation iPad.
Apple Watch “SE?” (cheaper Apple Watch.) Codename: N140S
Code name: N140B
Cellular 40mm Code name: N142S
Code name: N142B
Cellular 42mm – Series 4 design
– Not always on screen
– No ECG
– M9 chip Comes to the September 15 “Time Flies” event. – Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) September 11, 2020
Correction: 44mm * Not 42mm – Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) September 11, 2020
Last month, Apple archived more unreleased Apple Watch models in the Eurasian Economic Commission database than they have in previous years, giving further confidence in the possibility of both Apple Watch Series 6 and cheaper models being announced next week.
Apple will stream its event on September 15 on the website and YouTube from 10 Pacific Time, and we want full coverage of the announcements here at MacRumors. Gurman recently indicated that the event will be focused on new Apple Watch models and potentially a redesigned iPad Air, with new iPhones not expected until October.