The Apple Watch Series 3 brings about significant advancements in comparison to its predecessor. This version incorporates a few changes that render it an even more effective instrument for monitoring one’s health and fitness. The introduction of cellular connectivity is, of course, the most noteworthy piece of information.
The duration of the battery life, on the other hand, has not changed. You still have to charge a significant amount. It’s possible that this should have been anticipated given the increase in requirements.
Despite this, the most recent iteration was successful enough to propel the business beyond competitors Fitbit and Xiaomi and into a commanding lead in the sales of worldwide wearables. Additionally, a significant barrier was overcome by the colossal technology company. Apple has managed to become the biggest watchmaker in the world, passing the whole Swiss watch-making business in terms of revenue. And lest we forget, as of Thursday of last week, it became the very first corporation in history to reach the trillion-dollar mark.
A whole new iteration of the Apple Watch has been introduced to the market every year for the past four years. What follows is a rundown of the upcoming events that will make this year one to remember. September is almost around the horizon.
Designed to meet your expectations
The only visible difference between the third generation and the preceding one is the addition of a single red dot to the crown. In point of fact, the appearance has not changed at all from the very first version. It is still in the square shape, and the size of the casing has not changed.
A change in width?
The only difference between Series 2 and Series 3 is that Series 3 has a little longer rear crystal (0.25 millimetres). This is roughly equivalent to the thickness of two sheets of paper put together. If Apple hadn’t informed us about it, we probably wouldn’t have noticed it at all. With the Series 4, we anticipate Apple will further reduce the thickness of its products by a few millimetres. However, the life of the battery will decrease proportionally to the amount of shrinking. Therefore, maintaining a delicate equilibrium is still necessary.
KGI Securities anticipates that the display on this year’s Apple Watch will be 15 per cent larger than it was last year, but the watch itself will most likely maintain its current size. One approach that may be used here would be to scale down the size of the bezels. So, how exactly would something like this appear? Have a look at the idea mockup that was made by Phonearena. What to look forward to from the next generation of timepieces with the Apple Watch Series 4
There is also the potential that the display will wrap completely around the bezel of the watch. This is according to a recent report that was published on Bloomberg, which states that despite the adjustment to the screen, the new versions will still accommodate watch bands that were included with prior models.
What about making it circular instead?
There have been rumours that circulated about the possibilities of a circular layout. Even if it’s unlikely, this is still a possibility that can’t be ruled out.
The rumours originated from patent applications that Apple submitted quite some time ago, one of which was for a single continuous flexible display that would cover both the face and the band of the watch. It is anticipated that the bezel width that surrounds the display would be reduced to below 4-5 mm, and possibly even below 1 mm.
Although we would be thrilled to see this new circular design implemented in Series 4, we have serious doubts that the technology will be included. In addition to that, the internals would need to undergo a comprehensive redesign.
To this point, all versions of the watch have come with the choice between a 42mm model with a 1.65-inch retina screen designed for larger wrists and a 38mm model with a 1.5-inch screen designed for wrists that are not as large. Despite this, the OLED retina display on the second and third generations is significantly improved. This is easily one of the most impressive exhibits that can be found. The visuals are clear and there is adequate visibility even when viewed from a distance when the brightness is set to 1,000 nits.
According to individuals with direct knowledge of the project, the multinational technology corporation is presently investing large expenditures into MicroLED screens for the next generation. These types of displays make use of an entirely new set of light-emitting compounds, which paves the way for panels that are thinner, sharper, more durable, and use less power to operate. The question that needs to be answered is whether or not the corporation will be able to build the technology in time for Series 4.
A screen that is constantly visible would be another welcome addition. In 2018, however, such a thing is extremely improbable because it would significantly reduce the battery’s life. However, it would be good to have.
A more robust central processing unit
With each new version, Apple has continuously improved the amount of computing power available. The dual-core processor inside the third-generation device is 70 per cent quicker than the one inside the second-generation device. This enables Siri to finally start talking, as opposed to only listening previously. In addition, there is a W2 chip for Bluetooth and WiFi connections. This chip enables a connection that is 85 per cent faster while simultaneously being 50 per cent more efficient.
Another boost ought to be provided by a system-in-package for the Series 4 designated as S4. In terms of memory, the Apple Watch Series 3 was equipped with 768 MB of RAM; however, there is a strong possibility that this number may be increased to 1 GB in the Series 4 model.
Similar resistance to water
Both the second and third versions are safe for use in water up to a depth of fifty metres and can be utilised for tracking swimming both in open water and in pools. This level of water resistance is sufficient for most situations, provided that you are not a deep-sea diver. Therefore, we do not anticipate any changes on this front.
Will Apple eventually enhance the lifespan of its batteries?
Over the course of several years, Apple has mostly ignored the growing number of customers who have requested that the company enhance the battery life of the Apple Watch. This is the most significant barrier that prevents the watch from functioning as a genuine fitness tracker around the clock.
The Apple Watch falls significantly behind its competitors in terms of battery life because it only has enough charge for around one day. For instance, the majority of fitness trackers and sports watches manufactured by Garmin have a battery life of at least a week between charging, and Fitbit is also very close to reaching that benchmark.
The capacity of batteries is increasing with each passing year, which provides consumers with a greater value for their money. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that Apple will address this issue sooner rather than later. In any case, there is always the following year…
Integrated camera system
The most recent iteration of the Apple Watch can, when paired with a compatible smartphone, be used to take photos remotely. However, the corporation has submitted numerous patent applications for a built-in camera that faces forward, indicating that it has a clear interest in this particular field. In addition to enabling users to capture pictures and engage in video conversations over FaceTime, the camera also had the capability of reading QR codes.
Face scanning would also be possible with an integrated camera. It is more likely that this will take the shape of a 2D face recognition system as opposed to an all-encompassing 3D system like the one that is featured on the iPhone X.
There is no room for error here; an integrated camera is on the way. The only question that remains is whether or not it will be released to the public this year.
For some time now, Apple has been exploring the possibility of manufacturing smart bands that would bring additional functionality to the company’s smartwatch. One of its patents describes the incorporation of new sensors and processing directly into a single chassis, with smart linkages enabling additional functionalities. Batteries, displays, processors, electricity producers, GPS sensors, cameras, thermometers, blood pressure detectors, perspiration sensors, and speakers are some examples of what could fall under this category. There is no limit to the possibilities.
Expected Specifics Regarding Health and Fitness
When seen as a piece of exercise equipment, the fact that the first iteration of this watch was a bit on the expensive side was a significant drawback. The watch could be purchased for a higher price if it included additional features in addition to its activity tracking capabilities. It had far too few features and was far too pricey to be taken seriously as a potential competitor to some of the specialised fitness trackers that are currently available on the market.
Moving forward in time to the third generation, we can see that things are beginning to shift. This time around, we have included an altimeter so that we can keep track of the floors that we have ascended and estimate our current altitude. The sensor that monitors the heart rate has also undergone some modifications. You are now able to view your current heart rate simply by raising your wrist, there is something called a “recovering heart rate,” the watch will warn you when it identifies an abnormal surge in your readings, and you will get your resting heart rate when you wake up in the morning.
It is plain to see that Apple is making steady progress in catching up to competitors like Fitbit and Garmin. Nevertheless, in spite of all of these improvements, the Apple Watch continues to occupy a somewhat awkward position between a general-purpose smartwatch and a sports watch that doubles as a fitness tracker.
So, what can we anticipate from the fourth edition?
Yes, the year 2018 has passed, and your Apple Watch still does not come equipped with a built-in app for monitoring sleep. The life of the battery is the primary concern here. When it comes to something that needs to be charged so frequently, offering a feature that keeps track of how long you slept seems kind of meaningless.
You may choose to go with a solution provided by a third party instead, such as the remarkable Sleep++ programme. However, it would be the next obvious step for Apple to incorporate a native sleep tracking app into the Series 4 watch, in addition to, of course, improving the battery life.
The monitoring of stress
There is an application for the WatchOS4 called Breathe that guides you through a minute-long relaxation, concentration, and meditation session. It walks you through a sequence of deep breaths and prompts you to relax every day by reminding you to give yourself time to do so. You get to decide how long you want each breath to be, and then you may allow the animation and the light taps to help you concentrate.
However, other businesses have already reached the next stage of stress monitoring. Readings from the user’s heart rate variability are utilised by the most recent crop of Garmin devices in order to compute and assess degrees of stress. This is done on a continuous basis in order to provide you with a history of your stress readings within the mobile app on your smartphone.
A function on the Series 4 that monitors stress around the clock would not surprise us in the least. In particular, taking into consideration that the optical heart rate sensor found in the Apple Watch is among the highest performing sensors currently available in the market.
Integrated reader for EKGs
According to those in the know, there is a good probability that the next iteration of the Apple Watch may come equipped with an EKG reader. The sensor would make it possible to take EKG readings whenever the user wanted to, which would pave the way for the watch to identify irregular heart rhythms such as atrial fibrillation. It would be necessary for the user to apply pressure on the Watch’s frame using two fingers from the hand that was not being used to wear the gadget. The apparatus would then move a current that was unnoticeable across the person’s chest in order to monitor electrical signals produced by the heart.
It is not totally apparent whether or not a functionality of this kind would require clearance from the FDA. However, the Cupertino business is now taking part in a pilot programme that helps speed up the clearance process for digital health solutions. In the past, the corporation has avoided involving authorities in its operations.
Non-invasive glucose monitoring
There have been persistent rumours for some time now that Apple is hard at work on devices that can continuously check blood sugar levels without requiring any sort of intrusive procedure. As part of its efforts on this front, the company based in Cupertino has even hired a team consisting of over 200 individuals who have earned their PhDs.
However, according to a recent piece that was published in the New York Times, the feature will not be released any time in the near future. Therefore, you shouldn’t wait for it. Those who are familiar with the initiative believe that the study is ongoing, but that the technology will not be ready for several years.
Integrated readings for monitoring blood pressure
Apple has just recently applied for a patent that describes an innovative method of employing the technologies already present in its wearable to determine blood pressure. To calculate on-demand readings of your blood pressure, the fundamental concept is to make use of something that is referred to as pulse transit time, or PTT. This is a method of taking measures that involves timing how long it takes for the pulse to travel from the heart to the wrist of a person.
The user would hold their watch up to their heart so that the accelerometer could read their own heartbeat. After that, the device’s heart-rate sensor would compute the PTT by determining the time at which the blood pressure pulse reached the wrist and reporting its findings. It is not yet known how precise such a system would be; nevertheless, if it were correct, it may completely alter the dynamics of the game.
Any additional sensors?
A relatively small number of people are aware that the heart rate monitor that Apple sells is actually a plethysmograph. This indicates that it is capable of performing the duties of a pulse oximeter, which measures the amount of oxygen that is present in the blood. There is never a guarantee that Apple will activate the feature, but there is always a chance. It is a little bit of a mystery as to why it has not performed so up to this point. It could have something to do with the regulations of the FDA.
Other sensors, such as a UV monitor, a galvanic skin response sensor, and a skin temperature sensor, to mention a few, are possibilities for the future development of this product. Because we’ve seen them on other devices, the technology necessary to include them in the Apple Watch already exists.
Date of publication anticipated
This should be obvious to everyone. There have been a total of three generations and four series of Apple Watches introduced up until this point. Every succeeding series was released in September, with the exception of the first device, which was presented to the public in April.
- Release date of the first-generation Apple Watch: April 24, 2015
- The Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2 will be available on September 16, 2016.
- Release date of Apple Watch Series 3: September 22, 2017
Because we anticipate that this trend will continue, we anticipate that the new iPhone will be released in the fall alongside the new Apple Watch Series 4. Because the watch cannot function without the iPhone, it is logical to couple the two devices together so that they can work together. Naturally, this will be followed by the WatchOS5 software update.
Expect the Series 4 launch to take place around the middle of September 2018, with the toys arriving in stores approximately two weeks after the launch.
The cost that is anticipated
When Apple releases a new model, we anticipate that the company will keep the prices the same or very close to the same, until Apple surprises us with a revolutionary new product. Be prepared to feel let down if you skipped Series 3 since the price was out of your price range because it was simply too pricey. Despite appearances, this is a high-end smartwatch. On the plus side, expect substantial price reductions for the earlier iterations of the product.