The Apple Watch has looked the same for three years. Will Apple Watch Series 4 get a fresh design?
That’s about to change. According to noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, the Apple Watch Series 4 will sport a new look with a display that’s 15 percent larger and has a “more trendy form factor design,” 9to5Mac reported. Kuo anticipates that the smaller Apple Watch will ship with a 1.57-inch screen, up from 1.31 inches, and the larger model will sport a 1.78-inch screen, up from 1.54 inches.
It’s unclear whether the watch case itself would increase in size. Apple currently offers two Apple Watch sizes, a smaller 38mm and a larger 42mm model. Both watches have sizable bezels, which leaves room for larger displays without increasing the overall size of the watches. Kuo also expects the battery capacity to increase. Kuo has a solid track record when it comes to accurately calling Apple product announcements. In the last year alone, he predicted the iPhone X and HomePod.
Apple may also add additional sensors for health-tracking, complementing the optical heart rate sensor built into the watch since launch. Apple has applied for a patent on a smartwatch band with built-in sensors, specifically ones that can measure motion when the wearer is gripping a “sports instrument” such as a dumbbell or golf club. That would make the watch a better fitness tracker.
According to Patently Apple, which obtained and published the patents, Apple is also considering adding Face ID to the Apple Watch. The device would first need a front-facing camera, which Apple may include in the Series 4. But just because Apple has patented a feature doesn’t mean it will actually come to fruition.
We’re still about two months away from seeing the next-generation Apple Watch. Apple is expected to take the wraps off the Series 4 at its iPhone event in September.