Apple Watch Series 8 to launch with a larger display option than current models
Ross Young, CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC), has outlined a major change for this year's Apple Watch Series. While the Watch Series 8 is rumoured to feature a long-awaited redesign, Young believes that Apple has more than just a flatter chassis in development. Purportedly, the Watch Series 8 could feature a larger display than the Watch Series 7 too.
For context, the Watch Series 7 is available with up to a 1.9-inch display, up from 1.78-inches in the Watch Series 6. Incidentally, Apple started offering a 1.78-inch display with the Watch Series 4, having equipped the Watch Series 3 with a 1.65-inch panel for the larger model. According to Young, Apple will up the Watch Series to 1.99-inches with the Watch Series 8, a change of approximately 5% from the Watch Series 7.
However, the Watch Series 8 is expected to maintain a 45 mm chassis. In other words, the flatter design should allow Apple to use a larger display without increasing the smartwatch's overall footprint. Unfortunately, the Watch Series 8 is rumoured to rely on the same underlying chipset as the Watch Series 7. Set to be released as the Apple S8, the Apple S7 barely offered any performance improvements over the Apple S6, which debuted in the Watch Series 6. Reputedly, Apple will distinguish the Watch Series 8 from its predecessors with other changes, such as a new body temperature sensor, as we reported in May.