Do you think the next gen. will feature a redesign?

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  1. Eggtastic macrumors 6502a

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    I've been back and forth with the apple watch. I was going to go with the nike addition but now waiting this long I feel that I might as well wait for the next gen. I am however hoping for a design change. The watch bezels could be thinner, as the watch itself could be also.

    I get it, it is small enough, and battery life will be affected. Oddly enough, I would have jumped on the apple watch if it looked like this:
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  2. Zobrien macrumors member

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    It should feature a redesign, but who knows anymore with Apple. I could see Apple fading out the current sport models though and making a line to the similar picture above. If not, I think they would be missing out on a large market.
     
  3. Birddog1 macrumors member

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    I'm sure there are varying opinions but if they redesigned the AW to look like the pic above, it would hold zero appeal to me. I am very happy with everything aout my series 2
     
  4. BarracksSi macrumors 68040

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    If they redesign it like that, they'll piss off all the developers who wrote apps for the current AW and all the owners who've bought multiple bands for theirs.

    I'm pretty sure Apple tried a version like this in their labs and decided against it.
     
  5. Zobrien macrumors member

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    What I'm saying is I wouldn't mind them going a Samsung route and have a "sport" version like the one pictured above and also some of the current ones so they can hit all aspects of the watch market. My dad veered away from an Apple Watch for a Fitbit because of the more emphasis on activities like running by Fitbit as opposed to Apple.
     
  6. Jnesbitt82 macrumors 6502

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    That design is more doable now that OLED technology is emerging.
     
  7. Ixidor macrumors regular

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    If the Apple Watch has a redesign, Apple should make it compatible with current bands. I'd love a round watch and there is no reason why a round watch cannot be designed to fit with current bands. Apple should be able to do it and make it still look beautiful.

    And yes, I'd be pissed if the next Apple Watch is not compatible with my existing bands (e.g. With the OP's suggestion). I believe that there is a number of people with a band collection that costs more than the Apple Watch itself.

    However, maybe Apple can release a version of the Apple Watch that looks like the OP's suggestion and also with other shapes that work with current bands.

    As for developers, it'll probably be annoying to work with multiple display shapes.
     
  8. BarracksSi macrumors 68040

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    Weren't any of the dozen-or-so running apps good enough for him?
     
  9. fyun89 macrumors 6502

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    As a current owner of AW, I wont be happy that they redesign every two years like an iPhone.
    There are reasons why luxury cars (+6 yr), watches (several years), and other products have long life cycle.
    AW is expensive for what it is and it wont make the current owner happy..
     
  10. Zobrien macrumors member

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    Surprisingly not. I asked him about if he was getting an AW and he immediately said no, as if he'd be test positive for aids if he put it on his wrist
     
  11. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    I highly doubt Apple will venture onto the path of wearable bands as pictured above. I don't see the Apple adopting anything similar to Fitbit. If anything, they may likely expand to a round iteration one day. My thoughts are if the rumors are accurate thus far, in September 2017, LTE in the same casing with minor improvements in hardware (Battery, Water resistance, perhaps processor). If course Watch OS4 (Which I hope reconstructs the user interface main screen).

    My opinion, aside from the projected rumors, I believe March 2018 is the next major overhaul (Slimmer, new casing options, round. Variant, micro-led, battery powered Bands, added health sensors, etc. ).
     
  12. BarracksSi macrumors 68040

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    (still don't understand this obsession about adding a round version of the Apple Watch...)
     
  13. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    It seems to be the most requested feature right now. If it it does happen, I do have interest in seeing how it would feel or look. Perhaps it could change your Mind if Apple released a round variant. I like the square version, it compliments my wrist and I think it has a contemporary appeal.
     
  14. BarracksSi macrumors 68040

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    "Most requested" it may be, but why so many people seem to want it -- that's what I don't understand.

    "Because it would look more like a regular watch," they say, somehow not realizing that there are plenty of watches made in square, and rectangular, and cushion, and tonneau, and triangular, and "bullhead" shapes (and I know I've forgotten others).
     
  15. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    They want round because its what they're used to seeing and indicating traditional design for years. Square Watches, to me, are more Of a contemporary design and not the "Norm" if you will. I have read the constant quote that the Apple Watch looks to much like the iPhone on your wrist. I still think it comes to terms of acceptance of a design most may not appreciate, so in return, the consumer expresses there concern for what they are accustomed to.

    Either way, I appreciate the current design and it's here to stay. But I do question Apple expanding beyond the square version. I don't believe 2017 will indicate any new designs, But 2018 should be an interesting year if revamped.
     
  16. OllyW Moderator

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    Simple, lots of people just think round watches look better than rectangular ones.
     
  17. jannette macrumors 6502

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    Funnily enough, I always had rectangular watches and so my Apple Watch was normal for me. Only think I dislike about it is the chunkiness. But I realise that is the price to pay to house all the technology.
     
  18. BarracksSi, Feb 13, 2017
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    Could argue that watches have been square longer than they've been round (that is, if you use Cartier's Santos as the starting point for men's wristwatches).
    http://www.cartier.com/en-us/collections/watches/mens-watches/santos-de-cartier/santos-100.html
     
  19. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    Square smart watches are Contemporary design in my opinion, where round has the all too classic design.

    And yes, Perhaps square design has been around longer, but by popular demand, I believe a round variant would ultimately win in terms of being cherished or sought for its traditional theme. And all to often, it's men's opinions on what's accepted, women's fashion in taste of shape also plays a role. Which, rightfully should have a demographic for both sides, square or round.

    Apple didn't intend the 38 MM just for smaller wrists, it was also intended for the female choice with various feminine colored bands. Seems it's a much smaller core, but those opinions matter too.
     
  20. Ixidor macrumors regular

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    I think a round watch and other differentiating designs would be nice because fashion on smartwatches is also an important factor.

    I think Apple did a good job with various colours for the watch case and the large variety of straps. The problem right now is that the Apple watch only has 1 square design, making it a little boring fashion-wise.

    Would be nice if we had a choice between round and square Apple watches. Sometimes i love my current apple watch design. Other times i'd prefer a rounded traditional look. I think its the same reason why watch enthusiasts have different watches for different occasions.
     
  21. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    Interestingly enough, I pulled up an article that I was reading where Johnny Ive stated in A press release that a round watch "Doesn't make sense." I will post it for reference whoever wants to read it. Basically, he stated that when designing the Apple Watch, he designed it around the Digital Crown.

    Also, Marc Newson (Fashion designer) assisted in the design of the Apple Watch, which was the Design had influences from Cartier Santos.

    After reading this, I'm not entirely sure if we will see you a round variant. As long as Jony Ive is behind the design, it doesn't sound like he supports a round design.

    @BarracksSi. I think you nailed your point from Post #18.

    http://www.newyorker.com/books/double-take/the-man-who-made-the-apple-watch
     
  22. Tom G., Feb 16, 2017
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    No, there will not be any change. I would not think that there is much of a chance of a round Apple Watch face as too much data display area will be lost.

    I would like it if Apple would or could expand the manufacture of the ceramic watch case which would bring the cost down. I think the are very cool and very 21st century looking and would like one but cannot afford one. A ceramic iPhone or iPad would be very cool as well.

    We'll have to see what ceramic 3D printing brings to the Apple line up.
     
  23. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    Agreed. If another Apple Watch is released in September as rumored, it will likely be Software improvements/minor hardware. The next major release, I believe will be March 2018.
     
  24. BarracksSi macrumors 68040

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    I didn't just pull my thoughts out of thin air, ya know. ;-)

    From the New Yorker article, the line you mentioned with some more context:
    Remember, a user encounters plenty of lists and scroll-able data on the AW: emails, texts, weather forecasts, news snippets, Activity summaries, Twitter feeds, scheduled appointments, to-do lists, contact info, ... and I'm sure there's more. Presenting a worthwhile amount of information on a round display would either require a much smaller font size or a bigger watch body -- neither of which, I believe, are what enough buyers really want.

    Marc Newson also brought his genius Sport strap design from his Ikepod watches, although the best part -- the slide-into-place attachment -- was, as far as I've been able to learn, brand-new in the watch world. There have been other attempts to make easy-change strap connections, but either they've been much more proprietary (see IWC), require straps with specially modified springbars, go cheap with NATO-style nylon straps (Timex Weekender), or just amount to the manufacturer including a tool in the box (like my Garmin did). No other manufacturer has come up with an easy, secure, tool-free mechanism. Yeah, third-party straps need an adapter, but they usually come to the user already installed on the strap and ready to click into the Watch (and, if not, it's a one-time procedure to add the adapters).

    There's no functional need for the AW's design to radically change. The strap connection is the best in the business, the case size is neither too big nor too small, and the display shape works properly with smartwatch content. It would need to become demonstrably better if it changes -- not simply different for the sake of vanity.
     
  25. chiefs1968 macrumors member

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    Time to get rid of the square design and in with a round design.....hopefully LTE optional capability
     

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