Apple Watch Pro could have a special button all of its own, CAD renders show

Apple Watch Pro CAD Render
(Image credit: 91Mobiles)

New CAD renders appear to show the upcoming Apple Watch Pro in all its glory, and it has a secret to tell. If the renders are correct, the new rugged wearable will have an extra button when compared to all previous Apple Watches.

According to renders shared by 91mobiles, Apple's next big thing will come with an extra button on the left side, opposite the existing Digital Crown and side button arrangement.

While nobody really knows what that button will do, we've yet to hear any suggestions that the upcoming Apple Watch SE refresh or new Apple Watch Series 8 will sport the same button. That could mean that it will be unique to the new, rugged,  Apple Watch Pro.

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Apple watch renders

(Image credit: 91mobiles)

The renders shared by 91mobiles give us a new look at a product that we know precious little about beyond the rugged approach we're told to expect. That seems to be backed up by a shroud of sorts that appears to protect the Digital Crown and side button from accidental taps or turns, while the new button appears to simply be recessed.

As for what that button will do, nobody really knows. The new Apple Watch has long been one we've expected to be aimed more squarely at active types, so this could be dedicated to workouts or similar outdoor escapades. One thing is for sure, we won't have to wait too long to find out.

If all goes according to expectations, Apple will announce the Apple Watch Pro alongside the Apple Watch SE and Apple Watch Series 8 on Wednesday, September 7. It's set to be a busy event, with the new iPhone 14 lineup also expected to debut. Talk of an AirPods Pro refresh continues to swirl also, so now might not be the time to treat yourself to some new earbuds just yet.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.