Apple finally announced it Apple Watch Series 7 on Tuesday after several rumors about the next generation of its smartwatch. Contrary to rumors, however, the Apple Watch Series 7 doesn’t exactly have a brand new design – and that’s not all. It appears that this year’s Apple Watch has the same processor as the 2020 Apple Watch Series 6.
During the presentation, Apple didn’t say a word about the performance of the Apple Watch Series 7. Usually, the company says its new devices are faster or more energy efficient, but nothing was said about the Series 7 on stage. And when you go to Apple’s website, there’s no mention of the chip that powers the Apple Watch Series 7 at all.
Now developer Steve Troughton-Smith has confirmed that the Apple Watch Series 7 has the exact same CPU as last year’s Apple Watch Series 6 based on the latest version of Xcode (the platform that developers can use to create apps for Apple devices).
Both the Apple Watch Series 7 and the Apple Watch Series 6 have the “t8301” CPU, which is the code name for the processor that is included in the “Apple S6” System in a Package (SiP). Since they have exactly the same internal number, it suggests that Series 7 and Series 6 have the same internal components in terms of CPU.
This wouldn’t be the first time Apple has reused one of its processors in a different product. However, as noted by the developer Guilherme Rambo, Apple doesn’t even use a slightly redesigned version of the Apple Watch Series 6 CPU. The fact that the Series 7 shares exactly the same chip as its predecessor could confirm some theories that Apple completely rethought this year’s Apple Watch at the last minute.
While the iPhone 13 and iPad mini 6 ship next week, Apple said the Apple Watch Series 7 will be available later this year with no further details. Detailed specifications for the product were also not disclosed.
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