New renders of the upcoming Apple Watch Pro have given us the best look yet of what is expected to be the latest high-end Apple Watch, including a revamped design, a bigger and flatter display, and a new physical button.
new presenterscreated by concept designer Ian Zelbo in collaboration with parker ortolani, are based on CAD renders of the Apple Watch Pro shared yesterday. Until yesterday, little was known about the expected design of the Apple Watch Pro other than to say that it will be more rugged and durable for athletes, hikers, runners and more.
The Apple Watch Pro will introduce the first significant redesign of the Apple Watch since the Series 4, rethinking the case design to become less curved with a completely flat display. The display of the Apple Watch Pro is expected to be much larger than that of the Series 7 and the upcoming Series 8, thanks to the flatter top design.
Along with its more rugged look and feel, the Apple Watch Pro features all-new protruding housings for the Digital Crown and side buttons. Both are placed in a mold on the right side of the watch that protrudes outwards, making them more easy to access. The Digital Crown is also being redesigned to feature more prominent indents.
On the left side of the watch, the Apple Watch Pro is expected to have a new physical button similar to the side button. Rumor has it that this button is configurable as per the user’s preference. It can be customized to quickly run shortcuts without having to open the watchOS app, start specific workouts, or even navigate the watch.
With the larger display on the Apple Watch Series 7, Apple updated the visual elements in watchOS to better take advantage of the extra real estate. The same is expected to happen with the Apple Watch Pro and its larger display. Compared to the display sizes of the Series 7 at 1.691-inches and 1.901-inches at 41mm and 45mm sizes, the Apple Watch Pro screen can measure approximately 1.99-inches in a 49mm case.
On the Apple Watch Pro, customers can expect new watch faces that take advantage of the larger display, according to of bloomberg Mark Gurman. In addition, according to Gurman, Apple is expected to release a new line of watch bands designed specifically for the Apple Watch Pro. The existing watch band is expected to be somewhat compatible with the Apple Watch Pro, but may not be an exact fit.
Changes coming in watchOS 9 that appear extra on screen
The new watch face could have a place to display metrics from workouts and health data collected by the watch. In addition to the improvements made in watchOS 9 come new watch faces that seem to conform to a larger Apple Watch, such as refinements during workouts that show additional metrics in one screen.
Beyond a new design and a bigger display, the Apple Watch Pro will benefit from all the improvements coming to the Apple Watch Series 8, including faster performance and a new body temperature sensor. The body temperature sensor, unlike normal thermometers, is unlikely to provide the wearer with a direct reading of their body temperature, but only alerts them when they think they may have a fever.
The Apple Watch Pro, with its all-new design, larger display, and more durable materials, is expected to cost somewhere between $900 and $1,000. The new watch will be the most expensive Apple Watch ever, possibly replacing the Apple Watch variant at the top of the lineup. Apple Watch Pro, Apple Watch Series 8, a new Apple Watch SE, new iPhones, and more are all rumored to be on the agenda for Apple’s “Far Out” event tomorrow.