The iPhone will probably be on everyone’s mind at Apple’s event come this September but for timepiece lovers, the latest leaks and rumours could make the Apple Watch Series 4 could make it the smartwatch to die for when it releases later this year.
First and Foremost…
Perhaps most exciting leak thus far is that the Apple Watch 4 (let’s do away with the ‘Series’) will come with a larger display despite being smaller in size, according to a few concept artists:
Here’s exact to-scale drawings of Apple Watch Series 4 based on the rumors. Note the 38mm screen will be bigger than the current 42mm screen! ? pic.twitter.com/lh9VqPMQ7g
— Ryan Jones (@rjonesy) July 11, 2018
KGI: NEW Apple Watch models coming later this fall with new design, ~15% bigger display, enhanced health monitoring and longer battery life. pic.twitter.com/O1ZmgEoXRH
— Ben Geskin (@BenGeskin) March 27, 2018
Longer Battery Life
The other more obvious yet important rumour is a longer battery life, although there are no confirmations on how much longer it can last. As a comparison, the Apple Watch 3 typically requires daily charging on average after a day’s usage.
Another likely leak to come to Apple Watch 4 is the transition from OLED to MicroLED display that powers the display more efficiently and rivals brightness levels of OLED displays. MicroLED have been said to be an OLED killer in the future.
Improved Health-monitoring Sensors
Rumours suggest Apple has been working on an EKG sensor for the Apple Watch 4 as well as a blood sugar monitor that works without any invasive procedures on the skin.
It is not known if those technologies will make it into the Apple Watch this time around or further down the road.
According to credible Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the new Apple Watch will come in two models with 1.57-inch and 1.78-inch displays.
Haptic Feedback Button
Similar to the current iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, there are reports that Apple will replace the physical crown and side button with ones powered by its own Taptic Engine. It will still feel like a real button but it will be simulated by vibrations.
Other less likely rumours include a smart band that also doubles as a powerbank and blood pressure monitor, hand gestures, a camera to support FaceTime and FaceID.
Price wise, it should be similar to the current Apple Watch from S$498 for GPS and S$598 for GPS + Cellular variant.