We’ve already made some arguments as to why the Apple Watch Series 8 might be released alongside the iPhone 14. We also think Apple will show us Apple Watch SE 2along with the rumored Watch Pro, to make the 2022 lineup the most comprehensive update we’ve seen in a long time.
It’s a theory. Tim Cook hasn’t sent us an email we’re just shy about it. But we have some arguments as to why the iPhone 14 is the best time to show the world the new Apple Watch SE 2.
1. Analysts think it’s likely (and we know the date)
Apple has already confirmed that its next launch will happen on September 7. One of Apple’s most prolific and reliable analysts, Ming-Chi Kuo, has claimed that the Apple Watch SE 2 will launch this year. He was doing so as early as December 2021, shortly after the release of the Watch Series 7.
Bloomberg reporter Mark Gorman, another reputable source for Apple news, also claimed that the Watch SE 2 will arrive alongside Apple Watch 8 and the iPhone 14 family.
2. Reverses the cycle of the original Apple Watch SE version
Our brains love a good story. The folds of a shirt in a dark bedroom become a scary face. Recurring seasonal patterns become deeply rooted traditions imbued with the narrative that someone made up at some point. The Watch SE 2 in 2022 gives Apple the opportunity to start re-weaving the SE story.
Apple announced iPhone SE (2022) earlier this year. The original iPhone SE and Watch SE were both announced in 2020.
Frustrated for a cheaper SE phone/watch series that gets renewed every two years, a bunch of devices that still deliver the essentials of the Apple experience? If that’s the SE series narrative, Apple needs to release the Apple Watch SE 2 in 2022.
3. Apple Watch SE processor is outdated
The current Apple Watch SE is packing an S5 processor that is now three years old. This is older than the watch itself, and until this processor is removed from the list of watches currently sold, Apple can’t stop supporting this 2019 model.
By upgrading the S5 processor to a current-generation S8 processor with a new SE 2, Apple can stop selling the original Apple Watch SE and no longer need to continue to support the older S5 chipset. Apple usually stops models packing the previous chipsets, with a few exceptions: for example, it inexplicably still sells the Apple Watch Series 3, which has already confirmed that it won’t get the upcoming release. watchOS 9 Modernization.
This is frankly strange. Apple acts like a local store selling bags of chips that are about to spoil, but without the huge discount you usually get for such snacks.
We don’t think it can get away with the same trick with the more expensive SE series. The sooner you get older S5-powered watches off the shelves, the better for Apple, as they no longer have to support aging technology.
4. SE2 will allow Apple to tackle the cost of living crisis
Have you noticed that the global economy is going through a rough time lately? Inflation is alarmingly high, and the cost of electronics production has been underlined by a series of nightmare conditions over the past two years – chip shortages, shipping container disasters, massive increases in the cost of energy and more.
The loss of consumer confidence means that slightly more affordable technology like the SE series may be more attractive than ever to many. But we would not be surprised if the price of the Watch SE 2, as some analysts expect, is at least slightly higher than the Watch SE.
A price increase will likely be required to make the Watch SE 2 viable over its lifetime, but the affordable watch provides an opportunity for Apple to put the technology in the hands of more consumers on tight budgets.
The production of new technology is costly in itself. The gadgets alone are very expensive, but Apple doesn’t necessarily need to add really new technology to the Watch SE 2. For example, it can perform SpO2 readings, which will simply rely on the updated set of HR sensors. Apple already has the technology in the current generation of watches, so including it in a new model makes a cheaper watch that opens up new horizons.