Redesigned Apple Watch with larger screen, enhanced battery life and health features due i...

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Apple Watch is predicted to get its first redesign since launching in 2015, according to noted KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who expects the device to also feature a larger display, extended battery life and upgraded health monitoring features.




Kuo aired his predictions in a note to investors on Tuesday, saying the "Apple Watch Series 4" will boast a "more trendy form factor design" than the rounded square format introduced three years ago and carried through to today, reports 9to5Mac.

Notably, Apple is planning to boost screen size by 15 percent, a major increase that will likely translate to a larger overall chassis. Currently available in 38mm and 42mm flavors, a 15 percent bump would bring display size in "Apple Watch Series 4" up to a respective 1.54 inches and 1.76 inches on the diagonal. If case size increases in step with the screen, users can expect a bump to 44mm and 48mm, respectively, though Apple could conceivably reduce bezel size while retaining existing chassis dimensions.

Whether the enlarged screens will afford more internal headroom for additional components is unknown, though Kuo believes the updated models will feature extended on-wrist life thanks to increased battery capacity. Barring a breakthrough in battery technology, enhanced wear time equates to a larger lithium ion cell, again suggesting "Series 4" will sport a larger form factor.

Kuo mentions enhancements to Apple Watch's built-in health sensors, but fails to detail what changes Apple has in store for the fourth-generation device. As it stands, Apple Watch incorporates a bespoke heart rate monitor, accelerometer, barometer and gyroscope to track a range of biometric data and user movement.

Rumors last year suggest Apple is working on an array of advanced medical sensors for its wearable, including an embedded EKG module and non-invasive glucose monitor. Both technologies are not anticipated for integration in the near future, however, suggesting Kuo's prediction is related to heart rate sensor upgrades.

Finally, Kuo estimates Apple to sell between 22 to 24 million Apple Watch units in 2018, up approximately 30 percent from last year.
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  • Reply 1 of 60
    entropysentropys Posts: 924member
    Interesting. If true, this is the first clear design philosophy differentiation from the Jobs era when iPhone size stayed small. Apple leads this time.
    edited March 27
  • Reply 2 of 60
    foggyhillfoggyhill Posts: 4,584member
    Your calculations are way way off. This is a surface yet you increased the dimensions 15% of each sides, and they could change the bezel.

    You can get a bigger screen with just less bezels, so not sure why you get 44 and 48mm, that makes no sense.
    In fact, it's much more probable it will stay the same size with almost no bezel.

    say current size is 1.25 x 1   , if you increase size 5% on each axis, you'd get 1.3175 x 1.05 , thus 10% more surface

    So, even with the same bezel as now, 15% would only be 41mm, 45mm.

    They only need to reduce the bezel 1.5mm to fit that screen in the current 38mm and 42mm format.

    They may get as bigger watch out, but its not probable they'll get rid of the 38mm
    edited March 27 GeorgeBMacradarthekatfelix01gutengelpatchythepiratecommand_f1983
  • Reply 3 of 60
    zroger73zroger73 Posts: 643member
    There seems to be a lot of wasted space on the Apple Watch around the display - just look at that wide border! My aging eyes would welcome a larger screen as long as it didn't make the body of the watch larger. Anything larger than the body of the 38mm Apple Watch looks "too big" on my small wrist.


    mark fearingmike54GeorgeBMacwelshdogfelix01oneof52
  • Reply 4 of 60
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 3,400member
    He’s guessing again.

    They’re not going to make the chassis bigger. 
    GeorgeBMaclongpathcornchipwatto_cobrafelix01PickUrPoison
  • Reply 5 of 60
    mavemufcmavemufc Posts: 250member
    Don’t want a bigger one tbh the 42mm is perfect, not too sure about a re-design either..
    GeorgeBMacwatto_cobrajbdragon
  • Reply 6 of 60
    ...Dear Santa... ...could you please offer us a round option, in sync with the purity of timeless geometry, the iconography of clocks, the persistence of memory (Dali vs FB ?) and melting fascia...?
  • Reply 7 of 60
    15% bigger? Sign me up. 
    stanhope
  • Reply 8 of 60
    38mm and 42mm are perfect. I also think they are going to remove the bezels display-wise.
    GeorgeBMacsteveaumavemufc1983
  • Reply 9 of 60
    netroxnetrox Posts: 552member
    I don't think it will make the watch bigger, just bigger display. There's plenty of bezel on my Apple Watch and it would be a nice welcome to see a bigger display while maintaining the same chassis. And longer battery life too as I use it for sleep as well to monitor my sleep habits.
    GeorgeBMaccornchiponeof52mavemufcstanhope
  • Reply 10 of 60
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 1,212member
    ...Dear Santa... ...could you please offer us a round option, in sync with the purity of timeless geometry, the iconography of clocks, the persistence of memory (Dali vs FB ?) and melting fascia...?
    StrangeDayscornchipwatto_cobrajbdragonAirunJaepatchythepiratemavemufc
  • Reply 11 of 60
    I can't believe how much I still enjoy my series 0. Mostly, for wearing day-to-day and running.

    I'm trying to hold off on getting the upgrade until they make a thinner one.

    Best.
    king editor the gratepropodwatto_cobraAirunJae
  • Reply 12 of 60
    thrangthrang Posts: 682member
    If they can thin the sandwich down so the glass is flush/near flush with the casing opening, they would have more then enough real estate, with a redesigned OLED, to get 15% more screen or so, without increasing the size. As it stands, the rounded bezel makes it harder to go a lot bigger, as the display needs to be on the flat...
    edited March 27 watto_cobraAirunJaepatchythepiratestanhope
  • Reply 13 of 60
    ...Dear Santa... ...could you please offer us a round option, in sync with the purity of timeless geometry, the iconography of clocks, the persistence of memory (Dali vs FB ?) and melting fascia...?
    I am also looking forward to a round design. The layout of app icons on applewatch was designed to accommodate both square and round shapes. I hope it happens this year.
  • Reply 14 of 60
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 1,212member
    urashid said:
    ...Dear Santa... ...could you please offer us a round option, in sync with the purity of timeless geometry, the iconography of clocks, the persistence of memory (Dali vs FB ?) and melting fascia...?
    I am also looking forward to a round design. The layout of app icons on applewatch was designed to accommodate both square and round shapes. I hope it happens this year.
    Yet that's the worst part of the Watch UX — it doesn't work well, at all. I'm trying to imagine how one would design their apps to accommodate both rectangular and circular screens and it makes my brain hurt.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 15 of 60
    i’m all for this, but please apple please please please keep the bands usable in the next apple watch iteration. i’ve collected a ton already and want to be able to use them in the next series. thanks.
    GeorgeBMacking editor the gratecornchipwatto_cobraoneof52AirunJaemavemufcstanhope
  • Reply 16 of 60
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 1,212member
    i’m all for this, but please apple please please please keep the bands usable in the next apple watch iteration. i’ve collected a ton already and want to be able to use them in the next series. thanks.
    There'll be a dongle for that.
    zroger73GeorgeBMacradarthekatking editor the gratecornchippropodgutengelretrogusto
  • Reply 17 of 60
    I somehow cracked the screen on my series 3 Nike edition, definitely didn't hold up like my first gen sapphire glass one, I guess I might hold off repairing my series 3 if there is a series 4 in 5-6 months time.
  • Reply 18 of 60
    mac_128mac_128 Posts: 2,975member
    urashid said:
    ...Dear Santa... ...could you please offer us a round option, in sync with the purity of timeless geometry, the iconography of clocks, the persistence of memory (Dali vs FB ?) and melting fascia...?
    I am also looking forward to a round design. The layout of app icons on applewatch was designed to accommodate both square and round shapes. I hope it happens this year.
    Yet that's the worst part of the Watch UX — it doesn't work well, at all. I'm trying to imagine how one would design their apps to accommodate both rectangular and circular screens and it makes my brain hurt.
    Many developers are already doing it for the Samsung and watchOS now. So that's not likely to be an issue. I'd also expect Apple to do something similar to the iPad when it launched and provide a square window within the round watch to run older apps until a developer can update it. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 19 of 60
    mac_128mac_128 Posts: 2,975member

    mavemufc said:
    Don’t want a bigger one tbh the 42mm is perfect, not too sure about a re-design either..
    38mm and 42mm are perfect. I also think they are going to remove the bezels display-wise.
    Perfect for you two. But there's a pretty big audience out there, some of whom may want a bigger, and smaller watch (especially if the bezels are going to shrink). The watch is doing well enough that Apple can afford to start customizing a few more options to expand the pool of customers.
    cornchipwatto_cobra
  • Reply 20 of 60
    mac_128mac_128 Posts: 2,975member

    zroger73 said:
    There seems to be a lot of wasted space on the Apple Watch around the display - just look at that wide border! My aging eyes would welcome a larger screen as long as it didn't make the body of the watch larger. Anything larger than the body of the 38mm Apple Watch looks "too big" on my small wrist.


    Exactly so. There's no reason the 38mm watch needed such a small display, except they kept it visually similar to the 42mm. Reducing the bezel is going to level the playing field as far as round watches having more physical display area.

     


    edited March 27 felix01
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