We would possibly smartly get a brand new Apple Watch q4 — if this is the case, what would you like to see?
It is been simply about seven months because the unencumber of the Apple Watch Series 2, and as is my wont, I am already considering about the following model. What is going to it appear to be? What new options will it have that pique my fancy?
Do not get me flawed: I really like my present Apple Watch. The Series 2 presented massive battery enhancements for each 38mm and 42mm customers, and I exploit it to monitor my exercises and reply to notifications virtually on a daily basis. But when I had my druthers, I would not thoughts seeing an up to date Series 3 later this yr.
When's the following Apple Watch going to pop out?
There is now not a ton of hypothesis out at this time, but when we have been having a bet people, we would possibly lean towards the Fall season, round the similar time because the next iPhone. Now not solely does that give the corporate the yr to best new hardware, however it will proceed the Watch's unencumber cycle along Apple's most well liked product, the iPhone, standardized in 2016 with the discharge of the Series 2. For the reason that the Apple Watch calls for an iPhone to serve as, it kind of feels logical to pair the 2.
What is it going to appear to be?
Apple nonetheless hasn't launched professional numbers on how smartly the Watch and its more than a few strains are doing, however I would be expecting each the Game and metal Apple Watch casings to display up in Series 3 — although we would possibly see a brand new anodized colour choice within the Game line. (Most likely a Product RED Game?)
We additionally would possibly see a brand new Apple Watch Version, changing the Ceramic type. (Individually, I am rooting for meteorite.)
What about a spherical model?
Whilst I would love to see some variation on Apple Watch styling, a spherical Apple Watch will require a spherical interface; on height of that, to save you fragmentation, watchOS would have to paintings on each rounded rectangle and round Apple Watches. That is a large problem for the corporate's device workforce, and in all probability now not one Apple feels up to tackling for 2017.
What sizes will it are available?
Some folks like giant watches, identical to some other folks like Plus-sized telephones, so we would possibly not say by no means at the prospect of a larger style; that stated, 38mm and 42mm appear to be doing smartly for the corporate for now, although, and can most certainly proceed into series 3.
What sort of bands will probably be to be had?
Be expecting new Fall colours for Apple's Game, Woven Nylon, Vintage Buckle, and Trendy Buckle, at the side of a possible new thriller band or two.
We may additionally see new Nike and Hermès colours as smartly, and in all probability different designers entering the combination.
How about the internals?
The S1P and S2 processor powering the Series 1 and 2 Apple Watch gave the unique "Series 0" Apple Watch an enormous improve; despite the fact that we might be expecting a minor spice up to velocity with S3, I don't believe it is going to be as noticeable because the bounce from Series 0 to 2.
That stated, the smoother watchOS will get, the easier for everybody — I nonetheless run into lags right here and there, particularly on third-party apps.
What about battery lifestyles?
As with processor, the Series 2 watches each won giant enhancements to battery lifestyles, with each fashions now lasting a complete 18-hour day — with exercises — while not having a price. Apple can by no means prevent innovating on this area, on the other hand, particularly if it plans to at some point permit the watch to sleep monitoring (with no need to personal separate "day" and "night time" Apple Watches).
Will model two get mobile knowledge, decoupling it from the iPhone?
Series 2 introduced us a GPS antenna, which added extra offline capability to the Apple Watch when operating or swimming. However will Series 3 deliver us a fully-fleged mobile processor? It is a pretty concept, however I think that it will nonetheless come at an enormous expense to battery lifestyles.
May just Apple engineer an eye that used to be the similar measurement, with all-day battery lifestyles and a mobile antenna? Perhaps. However until Apple comes up with a innovative new battery by way of the autumn, I am nonetheless of the opinion that it is going to be an excessive amount of energy for this type of small software.
We would possibly see mobile knowledge make it to a long run era of the watch, however most certainly now not in 2017. There also are issues relating to carriers to be made: Would the Apple Watch use knowledge out of your iPhone plan, or wouldn't it have its personal knowledge plan? How would you enroll?
That stated, I would really like to see extra choices from the Apple Watch's Wi-Fi antenna: Given the Apple TV's skill to dictate passwords, the Apple Watch will have to be in a position to combine this option to attach to any Wi-Fi community, safe or open — even though your iPhone hasn't been there but.
Any new well being sensors?
Well being is a large a part of the Apple Watch's message, however presently, the corporate's relatively restricted in what it might do with out FDA approval — and the group's involvement all the way through construction, which might compromise Apple's vaunted safety insurance policies.
The present Apple Watch has a pulse oximeter at the rear casing; when pressed towards your wrist, it makes use of a generation referred to as photoplethysmography to measure how briskly blood is flowing thru your veins. Lately, Apple simply makes use of this sensor for pulse readings, even though in concept, the corporate may just additionally use it to test the oxygen saturation on your blood.
There are lately third-party apps that do that at the iPhone by way of having you press your finger up towards the rear digital camera and flash, however they are expressly marked with warnings that disqualify it as "authentic" checking out hardware, and inspire somebody with clinical issues to see a physician. (See my above remark about "FDA-approved and examined.")
The similar is going for blood force and glucose tracking: Whilst they might be incredible statistics for customers with blood drive issues and diabetes, Apple could also be at an advantage pairing with third-party Bluetooth units which are FDA-approved. That is not to say we would possibly not see those sensors within the Series 3 — but when we do, be expecting to listen about them during the FDA's approval procedure first.
Moreover, if the corporate can support battery lifestyles, we would possibly smartly see the advent of sleep monitoring. There are a couple of apps (like David Smith's very good Sleep++) that may do that already at the watch, however they require vital battery use and the power to price the timepiece within the morning.
I additionally would not be stunned to see additional info from Apple's leader running officer and Well being spokesperson Jeff Williams on CareKit and ResearchKit; each options have the prospective to exchange sufferers' lives for the easier, and Apple will indisputably be touting the research — and any new trials — as a part of the Watch revel in within the Fall.
Will Siri paintings offline, and can it in reality communicate to me?
One in every of my largest wish-list pieces is for Siri to paintings much more successfully in Series 3, and not anything would make stronger upon that greater than to have the voice assistant in a position to do sure offline duties. Clearly, you will not be able to ship a textual content message or name your good friend, however being in a position to release apps at the tool, get started exercises, upload reminders, and get started timers can be an enormous development. The Apple Watch's processor will not be tough sufficient for this type of co-processing simply but — however hello, a woman can dream.
There is additionally the query of Siri in fact speaking: Lately, Siri at the Apple Watch is text-only — the voice assistant would possibly not learn anything else out loud. The Series 2 made the watch's speaker even higher, so this kind of tool development can be imaginable for all fashions; the query is whether or not Apple feels this type of Settings choice can be steadily used. From an accessibility perspective, then again, it kind of feels like a must-add: With out Siri's voice, the ones desiring lend a hand with sight can not use the voice assistant in any respect.
Will I be in a position to use my Android phone with the Series 3?
We've not heard anything else to that impact. But when the corporate needs to make Apple Watch to be had to the most important staff of customers, it is a smart decision to believe — and there is precedent in Apple Track, iTunes, the iPod, and iPhone. And for the reason that Android Wear watches support the iPhone, there could also be a robust industry incentive to transfer in that course.
In fact, Apple would possibly need to stay the Watch platform-exclusive; relying at the wearable's options, it may well be some other smart way to convert customers to iPhone.
Any phrase on watchOS 4?
Now not but, however this is hoping we're going to get some information quickly as WWDC inches nearer.
What do you need the following Apple Watch to appear to be? Me, I am hoping for no less than some of the next:
- Extra well being options: An oximeter (to learn blood oxygen ranges) can be lovely cool, as would a second-generation sensor with higher pulse monitoring right through exercises.
- A slimmer case: I would not industry it for battery lifestyles, but when any person may just work out how to make a thinner watch with the similar battery tech, it is Apple.
- All the time-on show: Like a slimmer case, this calls for Apple to have its battery wishes in test; that stated, it is one in every of my solely ultimate nitpicks with the present era of Apple Watch.
- Spherical face: Truthfully, I do not know if I in fact need this or simply need to see Apple's tackle it. Both approach, spherical faces are historically extra flattering to women' wrists (even though they need to be sized accordingly).
- Ornamental bands: I would love a extra eclectic, jewelry-style band from Apple. Why now not?
- 3rd-party watch faces within the App Retailer: It is time, Apple. (Pun meant.)