A recent rumor by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman suggests that the Apple Watch SE might, for the first time, receive the same chip as the flagship Apple Watch later on in this year.
While the Apple Watch Series 6 offered the S6 chip, the Apple Watch SE, in its first edition, came alongside the Apple Watch Series 6 and used the S5 chip from the Apple Watch Series 5. The Series 6 offered the S6 chip. Gurman revealed that the “S8” chip, which is set to be included in this year’s flagship new Apple Watch, the Apple Watch Series 8, may also make its way into the second-generation Apple Watch SE.
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The S8 chip is said to have the same characteristics as the S6 and S7 chips, which could explain why Apple could upgrade the Apple Watch SE to the latest CPU. Since all processors newer than the Apple Watch SE’s current CPU are effectively the same, whether it has the S6, S7, or S8 will have no substantial difference. A single, identical processor might save the company money rather than relying on slightly different older CPUs for entry-level products like the Apple Watch SE.
It is reported that Apple is working on three new Apple Watch models that will come this year. These models include the Apple Watch Series 8, the second generation of the Apple Watch SE, and a new Apple Watch “Explorer Edition.”
Gurman also said that the S8 chip will be available in a new HomePod model next year. In March 2021, Apple is expected to abandon the HomePod in favor of the HomePod Mini, but Gurman and Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo say that Apple is intending to resuscitate the device with an improved variant.