Following a recent underwhelming release of the Series 9 for the Apple Watch, our focus has shifted to 2024, with speculation that Apple will introduce a significant revamp with the Apple Watch Series X. However, a new report suggests this may not be the situation.
Per Ming-Chi Kuo, the 2024 Apple Watch is not expected to offer any major new features. This includes the absence of a micro LED display or blood-glucose monitoring, which were previously speculated to be included in the Apple Watch Series X. However, it seems that Apple is still several years away from incorporating blood glucose monitoring into the Apple Watch.
According to Kuo, a micro-LED display for a future Apple Watch is still being developed, but it may not be ready until 2026. The same can be said for blood glucose monitoring, which may not be available until 2025 or even 2026, according to Kuo. Previous reports have indicated that Apple is making progress in this field, but there is still a lot of work to be done before the technology can be incorporated into an Apple Watch.
The rumored Apple Watch Series X was first mentioned in August by popular source Mark Gurman from Bloomberg. In his report, he mentioned that the 10-year anniversary edition of the wearable would come with various enhancements, such as a potential magnetic band attachment feature.
According to Kuo, it is not explicitly stated that those features will not be included, but his findings on the absence of “significant innovative experiences” suggest that a redesign, particularly one that is not compatible with previous bands, may not occur. This would result in the Apple Watch Series 10 being seen as just another small update in a series of them, lacking a distinct identity for the 2024 version. Consequently, Kuo predicts a decrease in shipments next year unless Apple “repositions” the watch in conjunction with the Vision Pro.