'Apple Watch Series 3' Models Expected in Second Half of 2017 With September Launch Likely

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The next-generation Apple Watch is scheduled to be released in the second half of 2017, according to supply chain newspaper DigiTimes.


    The timeline matches a Chinese-language Economic Daily News report that claimed new Apple Watch models will be unveiled in the third quarter of 2017, aka fall, with battery life and performance improvements.

    Apple Watch Series 2 models and slightly upgraded Series 1 models launched in September alongside the iPhone 7, so it is reasonable to assume that Series 3 models could launch in September as well. The original Apple Watch, now dubbed Series 0, launched in April 2015.

    In addition to a faster processor and longer battery life, cellular connectivity has been a long-rumored addition to the Apple Watch, and SIG analyst Christopher Rolland believes LTE capabilities could be included in Series 3 models. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also said LTE could be added as early as 2017.

    With a cellular connection, Apple Watch owners would not need a paired iPhone nearby to do things like make phone calls or stream Apple Music content, but a separate data plan from a carrier would likely be needed.

    Apple is also expected to switch to a glass-film touchscreen this year in place of the current touch-on-lens solution, but it is unclear if this change would have any obvious consumer-facing benefits.

    The overall design of the Apple Watch has not changed since the original models launched in April 2015, but one report yet to be substantiated claims Series 3 models will have few if any significant hardware changes. Apple has instead introduced new bands each season to offer a fresh look and feel.

    Few other details are known about the next Apple Watch at this point, and no parts have leaked from the supply chain yet.

    Apple has filed patents for a number of ideas that could eventually be included in an Apple Watch, such as a heart rate identification system, modular bands, haptic feedback band, and a band with a built-in charger. More significant health and fitness features could be added pending further FDA approvals.

    Quanta Computer is expected to remain the primary manufacturer of the Apple Watch, with some production reportedly shifting to Compal Electronics.

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  2. M.PaulCezanne macrumors 6502a


    Mar 5, 2014
    It can work on its own? Stunning innovation!
  3. Ds6778 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 9, 2016
    I can't imagine how confusing the Apple Watch lineup will be in a few years....
  4. hlevolve macrumors regular


    Aug 19, 2014
    I really wish they would stagger these releases so that everything isn't released at the same time. It would be nice to get new watches in the spring for example and maybe new phones in September and new Macs and whatnot in the summer. Seems like EVERYTHING hits toward the end of the year. (New releases/major changes anyway) Maybe it just *seems* that way.

    In any case, looking forward to what they put in the new versions. I am still on the first watch...
  5. Sunny1990, Apr 5, 2017
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2017

    Sunny1990 Suspended


    Feb 13, 2015
    Apple watch is the best looking smartwatch ever made. I recently got my 42 MM series 2 stainless steel model( my first apple watch :D) & i am loving it, hoping to get series 3 this fall
  6. 2ilent8cho macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2016
    This may tempt me to upgrade my Series 0, i've used it everyday since launch.
  7. Shalev macrumors member


    Jul 18, 2015
    Always on display and my 0 gen will retire for good :)
  8. LordQ Suspended


    Sep 22, 2012
    I would love an always-on display, other than that I think the Watch is a perfect little device as is. Maybe redesign the crown like an Omega Aquaterra but overall I'm quite satisfied with it :)
  9. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Great if it can match a high end Garmin. I have high expectations this round. No more of this Fitbit Deluxe nonsense. I want a true sports watch. The AW has the guts for this capability. Apple just has to put in the programming. If Garmin can do it Apple can do. How it does.
  10. Boatboy24 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 4, 2011
    1 Infinite Loop
    Announce it already so I can upgrade my Series 0 to a Series 2 at a discount!
  11. cogitodexter macrumors regular


    Jun 22, 2009
    Naaaaaaarfolk, England
    I SO wish they would do a round version.

    While my Watch works just fine (early adopter, got it the first day it was on sale) I would much prefer a classic round shape. The interface would already work fine on a round screen - certainly the main menu looks like it was specifically designed for a circular interface.
  12. Elmo1938, Apr 5, 2017
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2017

    Elmo1938 macrumors member


    Oct 29, 2014
    Yawn...... no substantive improvement; no reason to upgrade
  13. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    That is how I feel. I am still rocking my SS original watch. Oh, and I have been swimming with it on since day 1 without fail.
  14. gsmornot macrumors 68030


    Sep 29, 2014
    The best idea I have seen so far for our Gen 0's is wear it at night while the "day watch" charges.
  15. Jsameds macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2008
    Probably just as confusing as those really confusing iPad or iPhone lines..

  16. miniroll32 macrumors 65816


    Mar 28, 2010
    If this allows Series 2 to fall in price, then I can see that becoming a more compelling purchase.
  17. JayShyy macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2016
    Didn't they just release Series 2? This seems a little unlike Apple. They waited a year and a half to release Series 1&2 after the originals released.
  18. newyorksole macrumors 68040

    Apr 2, 2008
    New York.
    Yup I got my Series 0 in June 2015. Looks about time to upgrade this year.
  19. M.PaulCezanne macrumors 6502a


    Mar 5, 2014
    This. I've been waiting for an Apple watch that can truly function on its own with mobile features we really need, like Garmin level GPS and runners biometrics, LTE, ApplePay, etc... If I want to be productive or view full screen, long-length video, I want a bigger screen and a keyboard anyway.

    Now that the iPhone is apparently going to exceed $1,000, I'd prefer to spend my money on a truly functional mobile (watch) and a truly Pro Macbook over a system that requires me to dump my cash into 3 devices that each don't do enough.

    But what are the odds Cook agrees it's better to sell us 2 devices rather than 3?
  20. HobeSoundDarryl macrumors 604


    Feb 8, 2004
    Hobe Sound, FL (20 miles north of Palm Beach)
    Is it possible to clone a sim card? In other words, if you already have a plan with data for your phone, can you basically duplicate the sim card in the phone and use it in a second device such as this conceptual LTE watch? Conceptually, you've paid for a block of data plus voice & texting. What's it matter if you burn through that data on one device or two? I'm guessing it's not as there are already non-phone devices with cellular modems (tablets, computers, cars, etc).
  21. Mansu944 macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2012
    Thanks for your eloquent input to the conversation. If things are so boring why do you people even feel the need to comment? What joy do you get from being salty?
  22. ftaok macrumors 603


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast
    For me, I don't think I need an always on display. The wrist detection is acceptable, for now. What I would love is a better response time for wrist detection.

    There's a subtle, un-Apple-like, break in the magic using wrist detection. If they can improve the response time for the screen to turn on, that would be all that I need. I'll even tolerate false wrist detection activations, at the cost of battery life, for a better response time.
  23. RudySnow Suspended


    Aug 27, 2016
    Tyler, TX
    AUGH!!!! I can't take the sheer variety!!!!
  24. Fozziebear71 macrumors 6502


    Sep 23, 2014
    My wife and I recently purchased two SS Series 2 watches. We love them and they have been instrumental in getting me to start exercising and running again. Regardless, if the next watch requires another cell/data bill I'll more than likely move on to a dedicated running/exercise watch like a Suunto or Garmin. I absolutely do not need or want another cell bill.

    Not to mention, it boggles my mind that until a month or two ago you couldn't just walk in an Apple store and purchase a SS watch and there are rumors about a new watch this fall. At the rate Apple is going with the production of many of their products you won't be able to even purchase one until spring of next year.
  25. TwoBytes macrumors 68030


    Jun 2, 2008
    The only apple product that needs to be thinner. Here's hoping.

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