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According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the upcoming Apple Watch Series 9 will feature a brand new processor based on the A15 chip used in the iPhone 13 models. Gurman shared this information in a new Discord channel for his Power On newsletter subscribers.
This is a significant upgrade from the current Apple Watch Series 8, which uses a chip that’s essentially identical to the S6 chip that was used in the Apple Watch Series 6. Although Apple calls the Series 8 chip the “S8,” it is a two-year-old chip with no speed improvements.
Gurman says that the Series 9 chip will be a “new processor” rather than a rebranding of the prior-generation chip, and when asked whether the chip would be based on the A15 chip, he said that he believed that would be the case.
So what does this mean for Apple Watch users? With an updated chip built using the A15 technology, the Apple Watch Series 9 could see speed and efficiency improvements, resulting in quicker load times and better battery life. The new chip could also help power some of the updated features that Apple plans to introduce in watchOS 10, including a new widget system.
While we are expecting some notable changes to watchOS this year, the Apple Watch Series 9 will be largely similar to the Series 8 in terms of design. No major design updates are expected, but we will see a modest speed boost due to the new chip.
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Apple’s focus on performance improvements for the Apple Watch Series 9 is a clear indication that the company is committed to delivering a top-of-the-line user experience for its customers. With the new chip, the Apple Watch Series 9 is sure to be a must-have for Apple enthusiasts and those looking for a premium wearable device.