File photo: Apple Watches are displayed during a launch event in Cupertino, California, USA September 12, 2017. (REUTERS/Stephen Lam)
The first major redesign of the Apple Watch could be later this year, according to reports in the media.
The physical design of Apple ‘ s smartwatch, launched in 2015, has remained the same since day one. But that is expected to change as early as this fall, according to a research note from prominent Apple predictor KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
Kuo’s note was obtained by Apple-centric website 9to5Mac.
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What is changing
One of the biggest changes would be the display size, with an increase of 15 percent, according to Kuo.
The Apple Watch, which starts at $ 329, has always come in two sizes: 38 mm and 42 mm. Adding 15 percent to specify size can be achieved by reducing the edges, or edges on the screen, according to reports. If accurate, that would not significantly increase the overall physical size of the watch.
The watch would also be a “more trendy form factor design,” said KGI’s Kuo. There was no clarity about the details, but that would imply that the part of the design makeover.
Another, more speculative prediction – using tech enthusiast sites – is the ability to unlock the watch with Face ID, as you can do on the iPhone X.
Other unconfirmed rumors point to an Apple Watch that uses “smart links” with features such as an integrated camera, LTE option and extra capacity of the battery.
Apple may also be facing longer life of the battery for the new Apple Watch, reportedly called the Apple Watch 4.
Powerful, full-featured smartwatch, which pack in a lot of the features that you get on a smartphone, do not have great battery life, usually lasting not much longer than a day and a half with active use. The Apple Watch is one of the more feature-rich devices, allowing users to make and receive phone calls, respond to text and e-mail messages, news, updates, and more.
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“Most users want a number of days of battery life for a smartwatch,” IDC analyst Jitesh Ubrani told Fox News. “It’s not necessarily bigger is better,” he added, referring to features such as the size of the screen. Instead, more battery capacity would allow Apple for the watch over the should-free-every day hump.
Other possible changes, improvements or additions of more health sensors, Kuo said in his report. Apple is promoting the health aspects of the watch, in particular those related to the heart. For example, Apple is the push of an app, in combination with a study of the Stanford Medicine, which reports carriers if they have an irregular heart rhythm.