by Joe Rossignol
The 2024 Apple Watch is “unlikely” to bring “significant innovation capabilities,” according to supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
For example, in a post on Medium today, Kuo said that the 2024 Apple Watch will not come with a micro-LED display or blood glucose monitoring system. He believes the Apple Watch is at least two years away from adding these features.
It's unclear whether Kuo's forecast rules out a rumored “Apple Watch X” launching next year. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman reported that a significantly updated Apple Watch X will be released in either 2024 or 2025 to mark the device's tenth anniversary. The original Apple Watch was announced in September 2014 and released in April 2015.
The information Kuo shared today is pretty vague, so there are a lot of possibilities and unanswered questions at the moment. For example, perhaps Kuo is referring to a model that will replace the Apple Watch Series 9, with the “Apple Watch X” being an additional high-end model that offers more innovative changes. This would be similar to the release of the iPhone X shortly after the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in 2017.
Gurman said that the “Apple Watch X” will feature a thinner body and possibly a magnetic strap mount. system. And if the device isn't released until 2025, perhaps the rumored micro-LED display will also be ready.
Kuo added that Apple Watch shipments are expected to decline to 36-38 million units in 2023 . a decrease of approximately 15% compared to last year. However, he said Apple Watch integration with the upcoming Apple Vision Pro headset could “create an unprecedented and innovative health management experience” that will increase shipments.
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