Apple is all set launch three new iPhones at its Gather round event, which is being hosted at the Steve Jobs Theater on September 12. Alongside the phones however, the tech giant is also expected to launch the next generation Apple Watch Series 4. While there have been plenty of leaks in the past, the smartwatch has been getting a lot of buzz ever since Apple announced its event.
The biggest change on the Apple Watch this time around is said to be a bigger screen and the thin bezels around it. This has been confirmed by plenty of rumors in the past. Now, a new report from 9to5 Mac further sheds light on the screen’s resolution and the kind of content it could display.
After inspecting information found on watchOS beta 5, the report states that new 42mm version of the Apple Watch will boast a resolution of 384 x 480 pixels. That’s a sizable difference from its current resolution of 312 x 390 pixels. While the main reason behind this is said to be the thin bezels, the report also suggests the screen to feature a higher pixel density.
The website also ran a modified Apple Watch simulator on the latest Xcode beta to showcase the difference between how content would look on the Watch 4, compared to the Watch 3. From the images put up, it’s clear that plenty of third-party developers will have to scale their apps to fit the new size and resolution. Apple will of course be providing the developer tools for it right after the launch event.
While the Apple Watch is said to feature a big screen, previous rumors have suggested the device to flaunt the same size. In fact, the Apple Watch 4 is also suggested to be compatible with bands and straps from its predecessors. Apple could also use an OLED display this time around and equip it with an always-on feature.
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That said, in a surprisingly new rumor that surfaced online yesterday, Apple is now being speculated to give the Watch a circular design. The leaked image posted alongside the report showcases the device to feature a 1.3-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 360 x 360 pixels. While nothing is confirmed yet, we’ll just have to wait for Apple’s event to find out.