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This year’s expected Apple Watch updates are all about the sensors

Sensor array of the Apple Watch Series 8 on a reflective pink surface.
The new Apple Watches will purportedly get a new optical heart rate sensor and U2 UWB chip. | Image: Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

This year’s Apple Watch leaks haven’t been terribly exciting. So far, we’ve heard there’ll be a new, faster processor and potentially a darker color for the Ultra 2. However, a new Bloomberg report suggests that’s because the major updates this time around will revolve around the sensors — namely, a new optical heart rate sensor and a new U2 ultra wideband chip. The same report also suggests the iPhone 15 Pro models will be about 10 percent lighter than prior models and perhaps more repairable thanks to an internal redesign.

It’s been a while since Apple did a major overhaul of the Apple Watch’s internal components. The last time the processor got a significant boost was the Series 6 in 2020 — and that’s about when Apple introduced a new…

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