New Apple Watch to Launch in Fall 2017 With Improved Battery Life But No Major Design Changes

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's third-generation Apple Watch is expected to be unveiled in the third quarter of 2017 and will focus on improving battery life and overall performance, according to a new report out of China.

    On Tuesday, the Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) claimed the next iteration of the wearable device will be manufactured by Taiwan-based Quanta, which was also responsible for the production of Apple's first and second-generation smartwatch.


    Citing market watchers with knowledge of Quanta's plans, the paper said improving battery life is the manufacturer's "main task", but beside general performance improvements, the device's other hardware would not see much change. Quanta declined to comment on the report, calling it "market speculation".

    The claims represent the first tentative indication of Apple's launch timeline for its third-generation Apple Watch, pointing to a possible fall unveiling of the new wearable alongside this year's iPhone 8.

    The report also narrows down Apple's rumored ambitions for the third-generation device, with previous reports suggesting it could introduce the first significant design changes for the timepiece, such as more advanced sensors that Apple was not able to include in the first and second-generation models.

    Other previous rumors have claimed Apple plans to add cellular connectivity to the next Apple Watch, after battery life concerns prevented the feature from being included in the Series 2 device. Also suggested is a potential switch to micro-LED displays, which are thinner and lighter than current screens and offer improved color gamut and brightness.

    Filed patents by Apple show other possibilities for future versions of Apple Watch, including the ability to determine a user's identity through their heart rate and unique cardio rhythms. Future models could also potentially integrate haptic feedback into Apple Watch bands, freeing up internal space for other components and allowing for a thinner body design.

    (Via DigiTimes.)

    Article Link: New Apple Watch to Launch in Fall 2017 With Improved Battery Life But No Major Design Changes
  2. plexdk macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2007
    im happy with my 1st gen, until we see some design changes, or at least some radical app changes, that this watch can't do.
  3. The Game 161 macrumors G5

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    can't see the need to upgrade my series 2 not if the design is the same
  4. Abazigal macrumors 604


    Jul 18, 2011
    I don't think Apple designs their products with the assumption that people are replacing their Apple Watches every year...
  5. ryanwarsaw macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2007
    What would people like to see different in the design? Make it circular?
  6. BMcCoy macrumors 65816


    Jun 24, 2010
    The ONE product that could do with being thinner.........

  7. profets macrumors 68040

    Mar 18, 2009
    Wow, improved battery life again? Series 2 is quite impressive already.

    Unless the improved battery life allows them to make it thinner and keep the same life as the Series 2?
  8. pojo1806 macrumors 68000

    Feb 6, 2013
    United Kingdom
    Don't forget, Apple have moved to 3 year cycles for the design with the iPhone so expect it across the board.
  9. JaySoul macrumors 68020


    Jan 30, 2008
    Better battery life would surely attract new Apple Watch buyers.

    Most people I know balk at 1 day battery life and it puts them off purchasing.

    Last 10 days I've been wearing a Samsung Gear S3 and it genuinely averages 3.5 days on a single charge. The hardware is incredible, only problem is a lack of third party apps.
  10. Jsameds macrumors 68030

    Apr 22, 2008
    Thinner. Just looking at this reminds me of 1st gen iPhone, but if they can focus on improving battery life before they start shaving away at the thing then I'm all for it.

  11. djcerla macrumors 65816


    Apr 23, 2015

    That's why this report does not sound right: Apple would leave literally billions on the table from people that would otherwise upgrade (very happy with my Gen 0 Watch).

    On the other hand, I have no idea about how the Watch may be redesigned (forget round shape), and Apple dislikes change for the sake of change.
  12. GrumpyMom macrumors 601


    Sep 11, 2014
    They are moving at a glacial pace with this product when you compare the situation with Gear S2 and Gear S3 watches which have variants that already offer cellular connectivity without killing the battery. My sport edition of the Gear S2 runs two full days on a charge with 3G. My husband's Frontier Gear S3 runs a full day and has LTE as well as a large rugged looking real watch appearance a lot of men on this forum say they miss on an Apple Watch.

    But where they are missing out on is watch faces. The Samsung store has a wide variety of interesting and useful watch faces ranging from free to $1.99 for a "variety pack" with one basic face that can be recolored. Some watch faces do drain the battery faster but most developers as well as reviewers will warn about that. The customer can then decide if they still want the face or not, like the adults we are.

    Anyway, in addition to making money on bands, they could be making some money on watch faces like they do for iMessage sticker packs. It would certainly make the Apple Watch more interesting.
  13. DamoTheBrave macrumors regular

    Apr 20, 2011
    The one thing that really bothers me about it is the bezels on the screen. It's a device that needs edge to edge screen. Much of watchOS seems to be designed so that it has a black bg to make the bezels less obvious but it just means that everything has to be black all the time which is quite limited. The screen is also quite small compared to the amount of space the watch case takes up.

    I also agree with thinner (although it doesn't feel too chunky when wearing it) and better battery.
  14. djcerla macrumors 65816


    Apr 23, 2015
    In this photo it looks chunky, but it's definitely not. It's actually thinner than a Tag Heuer Monaco, a similarly shaped iconic mechanical watch.
  15. Aluminum213 macrumors 68040


    Mar 16, 2012
    And let me guess, a new iPhone will also release in 2017?

    Hard hitting reporting going on here
  16. Tunster macrumors 6502

    Nov 28, 2009
    Not really. Series 0/1/2 are perfect. Need thinner bezels and maybe more pixels to increase PPI. My original won't change for a long time. Apple knows Watch is a long game to see if takes off.
  17. DanTheAppleMan macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2012
    How many people are actually interested in upgrading their watch when a new version comes out so frequently?
  18. Kabeyun macrumors 65816


    Mar 27, 2004
    Eastern USA
    Given the lengthy exposition by Jony Ive around the original design rationale, I'd think it'd be a long time before Apple could plausibly change its basic form. Quoting him, "When a huge part of the function is lists, a circle doesn’t make any sense." Any other shape can't suddenly make sense.
  19. DWSALTAZ macrumors newbie

    Jan 3, 2017
    Maybe this rumour is to muddy the water for purchasers, as it will be interesting to see what watches surface at the CES next week.
    ...I think I might just be getting sick of the constant upgrade to Apple products - will i buy a Watch 2 that was released only a few months ago, or wait to now have the possibility of a new version later this year that would address the low battery problem.
  20. Otaviano macrumors 6502a


    Nov 22, 2007
    I would like it to be thinner, which is a little funny considering most Apple products are on the edge of being to thin. But the watch would look much nicer if it was thinner.

    As for being circular. I am going to say HECK no. I really think a circular screen on a smart watch is just freaking stupid and backwards. There is a reason why watches were circular and why the watch face is circular, but that does not apply now that we have moved away from mechanical watches.

    Why would we be hindered by that when there is no reason for it? A circular screen is just awful for display information, it's not good for anything other than telling the time. So I really hope this never happens.

    Other thing I want to see the watch get is a 4G connection. I'd love to see a future where maybe the watch can replace the phone for certain people. Pair it with AirPods and you got all the phone functionality. Then you could use it with other devices like the Mac, iPad, or a new iPod Touch. When you are on any of those devices the watch pushes the phone functionality on to them. Would be an interesting place to arrive at with this technology.

    But battery life needs to really improve. The Serie 2 is pretty good, I even wear mine when I sleep. Only charging when I shower in the morning and eat breakfast. However if you add an always on cel connection to it that will change quickly.
  21. OllyW Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    I'd like to see a variety of designs including circular.
  22. Otaviano macrumors 6502a


    Nov 22, 2007
    Not so much about people upgrading as it is about bringing in new people.

    Doing a watch Series 3 in 2017 also allows them to drop the Series 2 into the lower price point, which can appeal to even more people as they are water resistant.
  23. Relentless Power, Jan 3, 2017
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2017

    Relentless Power macrumors G5

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    First, it's Digitimes.(For what it's worth.)

    As of now, I'm not believing this article. Otherwise, this shows Apple is quickly over lapping product Watch releases that trump the other rather quickly, which isn't making sense at the moment. Aside from consumer exhaustion, I don't foresee a major revamp until Spring 2018 With hopefully a redesign, perhaps offering circular, a larger screen variant, etc.
  24. sunapple macrumors 6502a


    Jul 16, 2013
    The Netherlands
    Maybe a bigger screen in simmilair sized body would be a nice upgrade, same for iPhone.

    Otherwise the Series 2 is already a great upgrade from the original with the speed, GPS and waterproofing. The real game changer might be making it more iPhone independent.
  25. newdeal macrumors 68020

    Oct 21, 2009
    As someone who actually owns an apple watch I would say that thinner would be fine, but really its not needed. Longer battery life would be good but again, not needed. The watch battery lasts much longer than my iPhone 6 does. I charge the battery every night and the watch is natural to charge at the same time. Charged my phone last night in the 40% range and my watch was still in the mid 70%s. All they need is a killer app and more horsepower to to run things. Perhaps a partnership with the big automakers to allow the watch to be used as a smart key

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