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A new rumor claims that the expected Apple Watch Pro will require wider bands, making it the first Apple Watch not to be backwards compatible.

Apple is due to unveil the Apple Watch Series 8 at its September 7 event, alongside the iPhone 14, but it’s previously been reported that the new series will include a Pro version. Now a new leak claims that Apple Watch Pro chassis is likely to be squared off, and the band be made wider.

The leak on Chinese social media site Weibo, comes from user “UnclePan,” who previously claimed the Apple Watch Series 7 would feature incompatible bands.

In translation, the leaker says that the Apple Watch Pro will have a “screen size of 47mm/48mm.” Apple Watch has always come in two sizes, but the difference is more than a millimeter so it appears the leaker is unsure which measurement is right.

Currently, the Apple Watch Series 7 is sold in either a 41mm or a 45mm size, and its display is not quite a square. “UnclePan” believes the reported new size is likely to mean that the new Watch will have a square display.

There have been rumors of a flat-edged Apple Watch before, helped by how Apple tends to represent the Watch in its patent application sketches.

If it’s true that the new Apple Watch Pro will require a wider band, that will make it the first Watch to do so since the original launch of the device in 2015.

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