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Apple Watch 3 likely to launch in September alongside iPhone 8; here’s what we know so far

The rumored Apple Watch 3 will see quite a bit of changes over its predecessor. Here’s everything we know so far.


Despite its issues, the Apple Watch continues to be among the best smartwatches in the market today. Now, the company is believed to be working on the next-generation Apple Watch 3, and it is highly likely to be unveiled alongside the iPhone 8 in September. Rumors suggest that the upcoming smartwatch will bring along a bunch of improvements over its predecessor. Here’s a collation of everything we know about the Apple Watch 3 so far.

Design: The Apple Watch 3 is rumored to feature a smart band. A recent patent filed by Apple shows a smart fabric wristband designed to show the time and notifications. Another patent shows a strap with an embedded battery that provides power to the watch using the thin induction coil that is at the bottom of the smartwatch. And it goes without saying, Apple Watch 3 will come in a range of models, colors and a choice of straps.

Display: According to DigiTimes, Apple Watch Series 3 won’t use the same touch panels as its predecessors. The company is said to be opting for glass-film capacitive glass rather than ‘touch-on-lens’ screen. Reports claim that the glass-film touch panel shipments will begin in the second half of 2017. Few reports also suggested that Apple might use a ‘micro-LED’ screen. Apart from that, the screen size will remain at 1.65-inch with a display resolution of 390×312 pixels.

Processor: Apple’s upcoming smartwatch is expected to come with improved processor than its predecessor. However, details about the processor are scarce at the moment. To remind you, the Apple Watch Series 2 featured a dual-core S2 chip processor that is 50 percent faster than the chipset under the original Apple Watch. ALSO READ: Future Apple Watches could get slimmer, reveals new patent application

Battery: A recent report claimed that Taiwan-based Quanta will manufacture the battery for the Watch 3, which will offer a better battery life than the previous smartwatches.

New features: Rumor has it that the Apple Watch 3 is will support LTE connectivity. There are also rumors about a built-in camera for taking selfies and making FaceTime calls.

Talking about Apple’s smartwatch market, a recent IDC report points out that Apple shipped an estimated 4.6 million watches in Q4, 2016. This is the company’s “best quarter ever” in the wearables market so far. The overall smartwatch market is still at a nascent stage, and it would be interesting to see if the Apple Watch 3 is finally able to make such wearables a mainstream thing.

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  • Published Date: March 6, 2017 2:30 PM IST