Next-gen Apple Watch said to offer major improvements, but not much design change

“Apple is expected to unveil its next-generation Apple Watch in the third quarter and the wearable device will be manufactured by Quanta Computer and features better performance and longer battery life, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News report citing market watchers,” Joseph Tsai reports for DigiTimes.

“Currently,” Tsai reports, “improving battery efficiency is Quanta’s main task for the new Apple Watch and its other hardware will not see much change, the paper added.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: The design is already iconic. More battery life and an even faster processors than Apple Watch Series 2 would certainly be welcome, but not as much as an on-board cellular radio.

At this early date, take rumors like this with many grains of salt.

17 Comments

  1. I honestly can’t understand why everyone always wants something to be a “new” exterior design. If the new design is better functionally, and looks good, why does it have to change for changes sake every generation? It doesn’t. If it’s an iconic design, and one that is almost perfect (like the iPhone 5/5s/se) then it doesn’t have to change. The engineering challenge is improving what goes in that shell. If that coincides with a new exterior then great, if not then who cares.

      1. I also want those things too, but if they can fit in the existing shell why bother changing it? That’s my point. If the design is good it doesn’t have to be different just to be different if the new stuff fits inside it.

    1. I want a new design. I want nothing to do with buttons on a tiny device like a watch. Ditch the buttons, male one side of the watch touchable to scroll, make the device thinner with a larger screen and reduced bezels… etc.

      To anyone saying the design is “good enough” and doesn’t need changing, then go work for Apple, because you’ll fit right in.

    1. When it comes to Apple, I don’t believe anything until Tim, Craig of Phil are standing on a stage, telling me what it can do, when I can buy it, and how much it will cost.

      1. Yes. As I’ve said before, the linear actuator in the Taptic Engine could be reengineered to capture acceleration resulting from the natural motion of the wearer’s arm to produce a small electric charge that could extend battery life throughout the day. Or you could use magnets in the crown to generate an electric charge when turned.

        1. I like the magnets in the crown idea though it would probably be impractical for several reasons among those from the top of my head: infrequent use of the crown would generate very little power perhaps a few seconds between charges; in that small space the magnets may interfere with other sensors in the watch that are taking biometric data.

  2. Hopefully the thinner-is-better obsession will take a back seat for once. It’s idiotic that they sacrificed battery life in the new Macbook Pros for a slightly smaller machine. Nearly 4 years after introducing 12-hour battery life in the Haswell Airs, none of the Retina Macbooks can yet match it.

    1. Yep, i’m returning my 13 inch MBP with touch bar. The battery life is atrocious. Basic Internet searching and iTunes music and I’m getting 5 1/2 to 6 hours. This is gross and Apple should be ashamed of themselves

  3. The face of my original watch bought in 2015 came loose…. a little super glue and all was well… the watch still does what I bought it for… no features announced thus far make me want to upgrade.

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