Watching the watches

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With the smartwatch market more vibrant than ever, Jennifer Allen anticipates an exciting year ahead for sophisticated wristwear

Every year, the smartwatch market gets brighter and more thrilling than ever before. Once fun but flawed wristwear for early adopters, these devices are now becoming increasingly vital in our daily lives. That’s even more the case if you’re active or keen to track your health from your wrist.

We’re looking ahead at what’s likely to unfold over the coming year, highlighting the smartwatches worth paying attention to in 2023, because if last year is anything to go by, we’re certainly in for a treat.

Starting with the most popular upcoming smartwatch, the Apple Watch Series 9 – or should I say Apple Watch Series X? Every September, Apple announces a new Apple Watch, and we can’t see 2023 being any different. As the Apple Watch Series 8 was an incremental upgrade rather than anything huge, we could be in for something big this year. As well as seeing a faster, more efficient processor, new colour options and an upgraded display, could this be the year we also see the longrumoured non-invasive blood glucose monitoring sensor added? If new sensors and features weren’t enough, there are also rumours we’ll see a flat-edged redesign similar to the design seen on the Apple Watch Ultra. This is exciting because, if true, it would be the first full redesign the Apple Watch has ever received.

As for the Apple Watch Ultra itself? Well, one is less likely, given the premium price tag will hopefully encourage Apple to keep its upgrade path more spread out than the main Apple Watch.

Once fun but flawed wristwear for early adopters, these devices are now becoming vital

Apple’s big South Korean rival, Samsung, also likes to refresh its Galaxy Watch range yearly. We’ll likely see a Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 and 6 Pro appear later this year – there’s hope they could include a new sensor for measuring blood pressure if a re

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