What do you think that the Apple Watch Series 3 will have?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by CatherineVeraGat, Jun 23, 2017.

  1. CatherineVeraGat, Jun 23, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2017

    CatherineVeraGat Suspended

    May 6, 2017
    I know their are rumors saying that it may come with a Micro-LED display, slightly better performance, it could be a complete stand-alone device which means it won't have to be tether to an iPhone just to get texts or calls, better things like slightly better battery life (Which I'm not counting on), better performance, maybe faster charging or a better way to have more battery life, Or it will maybe have interchangeable "smart watch bands" that add extra features like more battery life, Or an glucose monitoring band.

    What do you think that the Apple Watch Series 3 will have? And how much do you think it will be?
  2. pedrowerner macrumors regular


    Aug 24, 2016
    Maybe more sensors, cellular data, longer battery life..
  3. matrix07 macrumors 601


    Jun 24, 2010
    Having used AirPods for the last 4 days I would say cellular for sure.
  4. Relentless Power macrumors Core

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Micro LED is likely years out from my Readings. But it's certainly a strong possibility for the Apple Watch. Apple actually acquired a company (Luxeview) back in 2014 who developes Micro-LED, so the potential is there. OLED will still likely be used for one More Apple Watch Generation. It has been rumored Apple may use a different Touch display, which the added benefits are unknown based off of past rumors.

    I know LTE has been speculated heavily about the Apple Watch, but I don't think it's ready to go mainstream with Apple yet. Only Samsung has really been the only other manufacturer to offer LTE. I actually don't forsee this being as an option in the next Series 3 Apple Watch.

    Glucose monitoring is certainly in the works with Apple and they indeed are testing as of lately, but with recent reports due to battery constraints, it's likely not going to be ready for at least another two years. Imagine there's still a lot of research and development with glucose monitoring, but it certainly would be a welcomed benefit by many.

    I believe Apple filed a patent for some smart watch bands within the last year, that could be potential be battery powered or offer some type of additional benefit with health sensors.

    I am still hesitant that a Series 3 Apple Watch will launch this fall. The Apple Watch is not a device that needs to be upgraded on an annual basis and with the series 2 Apple Watch being a very strong contender for the battery life and S2 chip performance, WatchOS 4 doesn't seem to be to advanced.

    I think a Series 3 Apple Watch will launch somewhere between March 2018 through June 2018, along WWDC 2018 during the conference.

    That said, what I would like to see additionally for the Series 3 Apple Watch, would be additional metal casings, perhaps a larger size variant for the display, additional watch faces for watchOS 5, a redesigned main user interface with the circulation of all the applications, I would like to see Siri have a voice for feedback.
  5. goobot macrumors 603


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
    Smart bands?
    Slightly better screen
  6. pedrowerner macrumors regular


    Aug 24, 2016
    Temperature sensor, maybe glucose or arterial pressure, respiration per minute, hidratation, sleep tracking
  7. CarlJ macrumors 68020


    Feb 23, 2004
    San Diego, CA, USA
    Clearly, following with Apple's practices, the the series 3 Apple Watch will be thinner.

    Actually, looking over the things that folks have mentioned, I'm not sure I see a compelling upgrade beyond series 2 until they can shoehorn in LTE. I'd be happy with thinner and even more battery life (yes, I know those two don't play well together).
  8. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    My beliefs, theories and some hopes (don't believe all will make it but just playing speculation)

    • Series 3 (sans almost all below) & Series 4 or S1 as a holdover and a S1 & S3 lineup
    • Same basic case (maybe a mm or so thicker for larger battery) & display
    • Smart Bands with API
    • LTE (maybe/hope option add on like iPad or be in/require smart band)
    • Glucose monitoring (may require smart band and may not be medical standard)
    • Oximeter monitoring (already a sensor from S0)
    • Blood Pressure monitoring (probably not this year)
    • Barometer monitoring (already a sensor in S2)
    • Improved HR sensor
    • 5GHz WiFi
    • BT 5.0
    • S3 (at least I know I will get this right:D) with quad core/1GHz
  9. matrix07 macrumors 601


    Jun 24, 2010
    That's why I think they will make one, because it will sell. Big big sale. Before AirPods you could argue it won't make much difference. Using phone on a watch is not that great. But now with AirPods, Phone, Music, Podcasts and Siri will come to life. And those are features runners want.
    I see signs that it's coming but I still yet to see a new Phone functions or a sign of native Podcast app so couldn't be sure how far away we are.
  10. bbeagle macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2010
    Buffalo, NY
    This is an interesting take, and would seem very Apple-like.

    Offer LTE on the new watch, but it wouldn't be full-fledged. You could use cell data for listening to music on the go, without your phone. Basically, you'd get all data features. But no using the LTE signal for voice calls. You can only make/receive phone calls on your watch if your phone is near.
  11. rdavis41 macrumors regular


    Jul 10, 2009
    I agree with this. I also see Apple delaying so that it does not effect potential sales around Christmas season of the new HomePod. It's a new product and they most likely want to see it sell well, a new Apple Watch could cannabalize it as many consumers will commit to 1 Apple purchase around Fall/Winter, but not two at that price point ($350 and up). I see Apple Watch possibly doing a Spring update as the running season generally kicks off then. This keeps it in line to be about a 18 month shelf life from release to update.
  12. profets macrumors 601

    Mar 18, 2009
    I would love to eventually see cellular and a barometer. Though I also wonder if we'll see a Series 3 this fall. Kind of crazy to think I've already been using a Series 2 for 9+ months.
  13. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    Apple has NEVER feared cannibalization and has even thrived on it. I'm betting we see a new :apple:Watch in the fall. [rhetorical] But who here knows? [/rhetorical]
  14. pedrowerner, Jun 26, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2017

    pedrowerner macrumors regular


    Aug 24, 2016
    So here's my take on the Series 3. It's possible that the case design will remain the same. But internal hardware should be improved, the processor going from 2 to 4 cores, new sensors such as termometer and barometer, integrated gps now with LTE without a SIM Card (kindle like) to save space (or a slightly bigger case for it to fit), smart connector for smart bands, more HealthKit support, a better Siri assistant, better connection with HomeKit. And maybe a more simple version of the watch with a lower price to expand it's market cap.
  15. pedrowerner macrumors regular


    Aug 24, 2016
    The termometer would allow the watch to work with menstrual cycles, sleep tracking, fever and flu warnings, etc..
  16. Relentless Power macrumors Core

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Cannibalization is a term all to often used loosely with technology, it's NOT just Apple, it's all electronic manufactures alike. It's the constant revolving door of cycles and upgrades. The all fearing question is for those who want to upgrade, is when does the latest iteration of a product come out, not if.
  17. DMVillain macrumors 6502a

    Jul 20, 2011
    LTE. I'm hoping this watch can nearly replace my iPhone.
  18. Karnicopia macrumors 6502

    Mar 27, 2015
    I honestly can't think of too much I would need and I'm still on S0. I think new sensors would be great, thermometer would actually be really great, never thought of that. Smart bands is also something I'd really like to see like a rugged GPS battery band, health sensor sport band. Really comfortable sleep band with sensors that could help monitoring your sleep. This is the big game changer that we've been waiting on.

    Honestly though the biggest thing I want is more watch faces, more digital choices with complication support and a square analog face. They really need to make some progress on this front as things are starting to feel really stale with the watch faces.
  19. yegon, Jun 27, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2017

    yegon macrumors 68020

    Oct 20, 2007
    Never quite understand this. Where will you read/view and.....well....actually do stuff?

    I understand that a Watch could replace specifically the phone/text (although I'd hate to rely on dictation, uurgh) functionality of the iPhone, but phone useage is waaaay down the list of what I, and most people, use their phones for.

    It'd be a boon for running and situations where a conventional phone is impractical, but otherwise?

    There's a reason phones have got bigger, it's because they're so useful. How can a Watch replicate this?
  20. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    True but a good example of cross product cannibalization (not cycle or upgrade cannibalization) is when the iPhone was introduced to include an iPod player built in. The iPod was Apple bread & butter and many though it was a mistake to include this feature and possibly killing the enormous iPod sales (which it did).

    However I don't really see the HomePad as cannibalization of :apple:Watch sales to any significant degree since they are completely different product categories which very little common functionality. Most people that want both will find a way or shuffle one to buy at a later date.
  21. mTiger1 macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2017
    I would like to see following in a new apple watch. Hopefully this year.
    Besides higher battery consumption I think that this is all already techicaly feasible:
    • Activated Barometer Sensor => To be more indipendend from the iPhone
    • Temperature Sensor => Better health analysis and health warnings possible
    • Improved heart rate sensor (More frequent checks) => to be able to better monitor peaks (important for running)
    • Improved/more accurate GPS (more frequent position check during activity)
    • Stronger vibration on the vrist (only required during a sporting activity)
    • UV Sensor => UV warning
    • Bluetooth 5.0
    • Bigger Screen or bezel-les frame (matching to the new iPhone)
    I know all this will be a chellange for the battery.

    LTE (without the need of a sim card) and a fingerprint sensor would be nice too.
    If the rumors are true and apple can embed the fingerprintsensor anywhere in the display of an iPhone maybe we will see this next in an apple watch.
  22. matrix07 macrumors 601


    Jun 24, 2010
    You're right. It will never be able to replace the phone. That's the beauty of it (marketing wise). And that means it definitely will come because you don't have to worry about cannibalisation. You'll still need phone for photography, app store, health app (people won't use watch app for long period of time), long messaging, web browsing and many many things.
    But watch with cellular will solve all the problems when working out, running, hiking etc. it will free you in many activities.

    It's the best of both world.
  23. yegon macrumors 68020

    Oct 20, 2007

    Sure, I'm not arguing any of that.

    My question was specifically to DMVillian who said "LTE. I'm hoping this Watch can nearly replace my phone."
  24. sunapple macrumors 65816


    Jul 16, 2013
    The Netherlands
    How is that clear when Series 2 is actually thicker than the original Watch? With LTE added, more battery is probably needed. Other components already have to be significantly more efficient to compensate for LTE power if they want same thickness and same battery size.

    What's clear is that battery technology is annoyingly behind all other technological advances. The future requires more power, but smaller devices.
  25. DMVillain macrumors 6502a

    Jul 20, 2011
    On my iPad. I want the Watch for communication, iPhone (if necessary) for quick interactions, iPhone for consumption.

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