Apple Watch 3: The Apple Watch 2’s launch in September 2016 saw the inclusion of a handful of new features attempting to redefine the line of Apple Watches. However, there are many things that we’ll like to see in the next one. With the number of Apple patents floating around the internet, the Apple Watch 3 is bound to be impressive. This guide is meant to keep you updated on all latest developments surrounding Watch 3.
As per industry analyst firms Canalys and IDC, wearable are set to rise in their popularity in the near future. Moreover, the former firm predicts that a total 7.5 million smartwatches will feature cellular connectivity in the next couple of years. Smartwatches currently make 30 percent of the wearable market. The first generation Apple Watch was launched was launched in April 2015, quickly becoming the best-selling wearable device. Some 4.2 million Watches were sold by September 2015. The second generation Apple Watch released in September 2016 wasn’t too different from the first one.
Apple Watch 3 Features: What’s New
The new Apple Watch 3 could be radically different to the last one, coming with a couple of enhanced as well as new features in tow. A few months following the release of the Watch 2 a number of Apple patents emerged online that suggests innovative features that may come incorporated in the device in question.
Watch 2 had a new touchscreen that was two times brighter that the original Watch offering 1000 nits of brightness which is brightest Apple screen. And it’s a huge up from 450 nits in the first Watch. It’s likely to remain at 390 x 312screen resolution and 1.65-inch display. Since Apple iPhone 8 is rumoured to be moving towards AMOLED screen, we expect the Apple Watch 3 too will have OLED, like its predecessor.
Alternatively, the device in question could have micro-LED panels, something that Apple is the process of developing. According to reports, Apple has set up a research laboratory for micro-LED in Taiwan. The rumour might not be far from truth, since Apple does strive towards creating better products. Although a micro-LED panel will be costlier that LCD display that Apple uses in all its product but it’ll be more power-efficient.
A striking piece of technology, Apple Watch 3 may have a round dial instead of the square from adapted by Apple since the first generation Watch. According to Juniper Research there are high indications in the wearable market of a growing demand for hybrid smartwatches because they retain the traditional looks of the wrist watch while offering new technology. The popularity of smartwatches with round dial like Moto 360 and LG G Watch R, may prove a point in this case.
Beside there’s an Apple patent detailing a smart wristband with a round display images. If Apple does go for a circular display, it needs to sort out the UI issue, something Huawei smartwatches have had to deal. If the texts don’t fit the display, it’ll be a major fail.
Processor & OS
The Apple Watch 3 is likely to pack a faster S3 chip processor and more powerful watchOS 4. Watch 2 has dual-core S2 processor which was 50% faster than the one available in the first generation device. The S3 chip will be a major ramp up, a striking piece of advancement and is likely to be dual-core like Watch 2. The all new watchOS 4 too will be miles ahead of the first Apple Watch and will be known for its neat performance.
Although watchOS 3 did bring in a number of new features and improvements, watchOS 4 will be two steps ahead with features like sleep tracking functionality that’ll monitor your movements while sleeping, pulling off some sort of stats to help you sleep better. It’s something that’s been missing from the previous Watch.
Storage & Battery
Apple Watch 3 will offer a whopping 16GB internal storage capacity which is double the storage Watch 2 offered. With the RAM remaining same at 512MB, there’s no significant advancement here. The powerful rechargeable built-in Li-Po battery of Watch 2 will be revamped to a more efficient battery. The last battery could withstand up to 18 hours of usage, but if Apple is planning to incorporate sleep tracker, then the all-day battery is necessary.
Rivals, like Pebble Time Steel, come with an incredible battery life of around 10 days. Although Pebble smartwatches don’t consume too much power, with a similar powerful battery, Apple Watch 3 could easily last two days.
Other Notable Features
Besides these, the Watch is likely to retain its water-resisting capabilities for a dip up to 50 meters depth along with the swim tracker. Other features the smartphone will come with are more powerful built-in GPS tracker, the latest Bluetooth 5.0, a better heart-rate sensor because the one in Watch 2 offered some questionable heart rate data. Watch 3 will include sensors like Accelerometer, Gyroscope and Ambient Light sensor.
Apple Watch 3 Wishlist
Although the Apple Watch 2 is as good as it gets, there are rooms for improvements. Our wishlist for Watch 3 isn’t out-of-the-world, we simply want the smartwatch to become more convenient for everyday use, because the Watch lacks in a few basic and essential features, for instance, camera. Here’s a look a few things Apple could be incorporating in the next generation Apple Watch 3.
To a large extent, the watch depend on Apple’s iPhone which means anyone wanting to use Apple Watch would have to have an iPhone. It’s an inconvenience that limits a lot of enthusiasts to get hold of the smartwatch. Like we mentioned before, smartwatches are soon set to feature cellular connectivity. Meaning, Apple Watch’s inclusion of cellular connectivity isn’t too far. An industry analyst firm, Canalys seems confident that Apple will be including the feature soon enough. And perhaps the company is stepping in that direction because in Watch 2 we did see inclusion of a built-in GPS. Therefore, we’d like to see a wireless chipset and cellular connectivity, making the device in question less reliant on iPhone. One catch here is that for this to happen, Apple Watch 3 will require an incredibly powerful battery. If not in Watch 3, the feature could come in the Apple Watch 4.r.
There’s an Apple patent for a wearable device featuring a front-facing camera. The news came in before the launch of Apple Watch Series 2, but Series 2 didn’t feature any camera. So there are chances the next iteration could feature a front-facing camera. Opinions differ on whether the camera would primarily cater to taking selfies or will function for video calls using FaceTime. As to where the camera will be located, tech experts believe it could be integrated into to the top bezel of the watch. The rumours are too off the mark because we have seen watchOS2 bringing in audio calls. Video-calling shouldn’t be too far.
Apple Watches are no sports watch killer. There aren’t many fitness tracking options, but with Watch 3 they can expand on that. We’ve already mentioned that the heart-rate tracker is far from accurate. If they can’t expand of the trackers, at least they can make improvements on the ones that are available. Besides trackers, for Apple Watch to become a number one choice for sportsperson, the device needs to be stronger, needs to be built with athletes in mind. So then the Apple Watch 3 can be taken on rides, swims or on runs.
Soon enough the world would be moving on to wireless charging. Apple Watch 3 could very well be the leading device in the smartphone industry if it comes with wireless charging capabilities. For now, Apple Watch can be charged by plugging in the Apple Magnetic Charging Cable, Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Case, or Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock into its USB power adapter. But since wireless charging is becoming increasingly popular so much so that it’ll soon become a standard for most devices. Even companies are installing charging hotspots at public places to attract customers.
So far, Apple Watch is only water-resistant, it’ll be great if it could become waterproof so that swimmer can actively use it. For that, the smartwatch needs to be strong and durable too because there are greater chances for the device to expose to harmful elements and even accidents. But the increased focus on the fitness side could help the Watch become popular among sports enthusiasts.
Apple’s rival Pebble has implemented smart straps in two of their wearables – Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel. Developers and manufacturers are creating their own smart straps that can be connected to Pebble smartwatches. Apple could do the same with its Watch series. So of the highlights of a smart strap are it packs, extra battery power, can come with built-in LED lights that notify the wearers wherever s/he receives messages or other notifications.
Apple Watch 3 Release Date
If had to guess a schedule one needs to look at the previous launches. But that’s not the case with Apple Watch. Apple had announced its first smartwatch in September 2014 and launched the device in April 2015. The second generation of Apple Watch (Apple Watch Series 2 and Apple Watch Series 1) was rolled out in the September Apple event in the year 2016. So there’s a gap of 17 months between the launch of the first two generation. Although there are rumours suggesting the device in question could launch in April 2017, our best bet is that Apple Watch comes out in September 2017, at earliest. It’ll roll out with iPhone 7S or iPhone 8, whichever comes out in 2017.
Apple Watch 3 Price
The original Apple Watch was launched in 2015 at a price of $349 and the second one was launched at a slightly upped price of $369. By the looks of it’s the Apple Watch 3 could come with some major revamp and could come with a price tag of $469. With the huge popularity surrounding Apple Watches, the higher price is not going to be much of an issue for people who wish to get their hands on the device.
Clearly, there is a lot of promising technology coming up in the upcoming Apple Watch 3. With this smartwatch they’ve set a new bar for themselves, and it’ll be interesting to see Apple topping it with the next generation. It’s worth mentioning that in spite what Apple patents, there’s no surety that they’d make it to Watch 3, and should be taken with a pinch of salt.