The clock is finally ticking for those waiting to get their hands on the new Apple Watch 2017. The iPhone-compatible wearable is said to be ready for the new release. The Apple website said it will come in a variety of styles and colors. Users can customize them in a variety of ways.
Are you ready for the the next generation Apple Watch 2017?
watchOS 4 brings more intelligence and fitness features to Apple Watch
Two years after the first Apple smartwatch appeared, we've seen one significant update to the device, along with a bump to the original model. But unlike the heavily hyped iPhone 8, the next Apple Watch has mostly flown under the radar. Here’s what you can expect from the Apple Watch Series 3.
- Release could be in fall 2017 to coincide with iPhone 8 but may be pushed back to spring.
- 4G for staying connected away from your phone.
- Camera to enable FaceTime calls on the go.
- Apple has acquired sleep-tracking company Beddit, which signals sleep tracking is being added to the watch.
- Improved battery life, which would be achieved through microLED screen technology.
- Modular wristband for adding features, such as glucose readings for diabetics.
- watchOS 4 will provide more complete fitness and health assessment.
- Price to remain in $300 to $500 range.
What new features will Apple add to the next Apple Watch release?
4G: With its initial Apple Watch release, Apple seemingly tried to include everything and the kitchen sink in the wearable device. That certainly left less room for low-hanging fruit in future models, though the Series 2 Watch added a few major missing features in the form of GPS and better water resistance.
That leaves one other significant capability lacking from current versions of the Apple Watch: cellular connectivity. While the current Apple Watch models can work without an iPhone present as long as there's a known Wi-Fi network, you can't take just your Apple Watch with you and expect to have full connectivity.
When is the Apple Watch 3 release date?
The Chinese Economic Daily News website has reported that Apple has again given the manufacturing contract to Taiwan-based Quanta, which has assembled all of Apple's smartwatches so far. It says to expect a launch in the Autumn of 2017.
Another report by Taiwan-based Digitimes agrees that the watch will ship in the second half of 2017. The confidence comes from a leak that manufacturing is already starting to ramp up, specifically for the screen (see below).
We'd be surprised if the wearable isn't announced in September alongside the new iPhones, as this would be a year after the Apple Watch Series 2 (which was revealed on 7 September 2016).