Budget ‘Apple Watch SE’ could be scaled-back Series 4

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More affordable Apple Watch would be nice.
A low-cost wearable that’s been dubbed ‘Apple Watch SE’ could be on the docket Apple’s Sept. 15 event.
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Details of what’s been called the “Apple Watch SE” may have leaked out. An unconfirmed report indicates this model will have the same design as the wearable this company released in 2018, but with some of the high-end features stripped out. That will make it a lower-cost option.

These details come from serial leaker Jon Prosser, who currently has a 67.6% accuracy rating from AppleTrack on previous predictions.

Apple’s new budget wearable won‘t actually be called Apple Watch SE

Supposedly, this device will simply be dubbed Apple Watch. The new top-tier model, which is expected to include additional health-tracking capabilities, will be called Apple Watch Pro. It’s not clear if this indicates series numbers will drop from the names.

The new low-cost wearable will come in either 40mm or 44mm versions, just as the Apple Watch Series 4 did. And buyers will allegedly have the option to add 4G LTE service for a constant connection to the internet without an iPhone.

But this device won‘t have a signature feature of Series 4, the ECG heart monitor. Naturally, it won‘t have the always-on display that debuted in Series 5.

Cost remains a mystery

Pricing is unknown at this time. It has to be below the $399 starting cost of the high-end Watch, though.

The upcoming budget model could replace the $199 Apple Watch Series 3 in Cupertino’s lineup. But rival leaker L0vetodream claims Series 3 will stay around. That raises the possibility the scaled-back version of Series 4 could be a new pricing tier — $299 would put it halfway between the current low- and high-end options.

The so-called Apple Watch SE is rumored to be unveiled on Sept. 15 at the Apple September Event, along with Apple Watch Series 6. (And the iPad Air 4, too.)