Apple Watch Collection three: All of the rumors on specs, value and LTE

Editors’ be aware: This text was initially printed on July 22, and we’ll proceed so as to add new rumors and tales as they emerge. 

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The subsequent Apple smartwatch might arrive on Tuesday. If the rumors are true, the corporate’s Sept. 12 occasion will embody the debut of the Apple Watch three, as we assume it will likely be referred to as, along with the iPhone X, the iPhone eight and eight Plus, and a brand new 4K Apple TV.

The Crimson Sox made unscrupulous use of the Apple Watch.

The New York Publish

The timing is fortuitous, and never simply because Fitbit simply launched its new Ionic smartwatch. Final week, the Apple Watch popped again into the information when the Boston Crimson Sox admitted to utilizing one to steal indicators from the New York Yankees, main a large number of headline writers to the identical joke, e.g. “The Crimson Sox Lastly Discover a Use for the Apple Watch.” That notion belies the info: expertise analysis agency IDC says that the smartwatch market is booming, and that Apple is main the way in which.

And on Friday, with simply days to go, a serious leak supplied new particulars about what we are able to anticipate to see with the Apple Watch three — together with LTE connectivity that might allow you to place calls from it with out an iPhone in tow. But even earlier than that, the Apple Watch buzz was gathering energy. This summer season, each Bloomberg and Apple pundit John Gruber cited plans to launch a brand new version earlier than the top of the 12 months. And by mid-August, Financial Day by day Information (through MacRumors) was reporting that Apple was placing the ultimate touches on the brand new mannequin, with the intention to start transport within the fourth quarter of 2017. 

It isn’t a slam dunk that the corporate will introduce the Apple Watch three on Sept. 12 — the corporate didn’t reply to our requests for affirmation — but it surely appears to be like fairly probably. And as we enter the ultimate hours of the countdown, we’ll proceed to assemble probably the most vital Apple Watch three rumors beneath.

Apple Watch three specs we’d see

  • Standalone LTE connectivity 
  • New purple crown and sign meter on LTE fashions 
  • New colours, together with “blush gold” aluminum and grey ceramic
  • FaceTime digital camera
  • Micro-LED show
  • Glass-film contact expertise
  • Slimmer, extra light-weight design 
  • Water resistance
  • Confirmed: WatchOS four working system (see preview)
  • Sleep monitoring
  • Glucose monitoring 
  • Respiration sensors
  • Built-in energy meter
  • Sensible bands
  • Improved and/or sooner “wi-fi” (aka inductive) charging

Announcement and launch dates

Let’s assume a brand new Apple Watch is introduced on Sept. 12. If the corporate follows its conventional schedule, preorders would probably begin Friday, Sept. 15, and the Watch could be obtainable every week later: Friday, Sept. 22. 

Equally, iOS 11 and WatchOS four would probably turn into obtainable to current clients round Wednesday, Sept. 20. 


A render of the Apple Watch three found within the iOS 11 firmware leak.

Steve Troughton-Smith

Similar design, new colours

Just a few weeks in the past, John Gruber handed alongside reviews of an “all-new” kind issue, constructing on final 12 months’s report from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of a serious redesign slated for the third version.

However the weekend’s iOS 11 gold grasp leak tells a distinct story. As reported by Steve Troughton-Smith, the firmware incorporates a render of a brand new Apple Watch three that appears roughly just like the Collection 2 — although with a brand new, purple digital crown and sign meter. The leak additionally incorporates references to new colours together with “blush gold” aluminum and grey ceramic.

It appears to be like like we’ll get LTE assist  

Each Bloomberg and the Wall Avenue Journal have printed articles reporting that Apple’s subsequent Watch will be capable of hook up with mobile networks, liberating the system from its dependence on an iPhone for information connectivity. The Journal means that, like LTE-enabled iPads, the brand new Watches will be rolled into current wi-fi plans for a further cost. 

Now, 9to5Mac has delivered extra particulars buried inside the iOS 11 leak, indicating that the Apple Watch will make and obtain calls and information with out a telephone, although it isn’t fully clear the way it all will work. We do know that the LTE mannequin will use the identical telephone quantity because the iPhone with which it is paired. 

Although one of these connectivity was rumored for the Apple Watch 2, the corporate was reportedly unable to make it work with out quickly draining the battery. We’ll have to attend to see how LTE impacts the Apple Watch’s battery life, but it surely’s been a pervasive pitfall for LTE-enabled telephones.

Notice that previous to the firmware leak, Apple probably confirmed this rumor earlier this summer season. On the finish of July, the corporate prematurely launched a separate firmware replace — for its HomePod speaker, due out in December — inadvertently dropping clues a few vary of upcoming merchandise. Developer Jeffrey Grossman found a reference within the firmware to the Apple Watch (codenamed “Gizmo”) and SIM connectivity. In March, Barron’s printed an article citing a semiconductor analyst’s analysis on this matter, claiming that the subsequent Apple Watch would come geared up with a SIM card and assist for LTE. 


George Jetson’s video-enabled watch.

Video-phone in your wrist

Because the run as much as the second version of the Watch, there was (hopeful) hypothesis a few digital camera. In keeping with 9to5Mac, Apple has thought-about constructing a digital camera into the Watch’s high bezel, making it the smallest system able to working FaceTime. (The Watch already helps FaceTime audio calling.) 

New well being and health options

The physiological purposes of the Watch are vital. In August, Apple met with Aetna to debate a deal to deliver the Apple Watch to the insurance coverage firm’s 23 million clients (through MacRumors). We all know that the subsequent model of WatchOS will provide a slew of latest options on this entrance, however there are additionally some potential hardware-based upgrades mentioned to be coming. 


Apple CEO Tim Cook dinner is testing a glucose monitor for the Apple Watch, in keeping with a report.

Stephen Lam, Getty Photos

CNBC has reported that CEO Tim Cook dinner has been testing a blood sugar tracker paired to his Apple Watch, and that the corporate has devoted a workforce to develop a noninvasive, steady glucose monitor. BGR has additionally reported that Apple is exploring glucose monitoring capabilities for the subsequent model of the Watch — and that Apple plans to introduce interchangeable “sensible watch bands” that might assist the glucose monitoring, in addition to different capabilities similar to a FaceTime digital camera or maybe further battery capability. 

BikeRadar reviews that Apple has filed a patent for a tool to make use of wind resistance to measure energy. The system described within the utility calculates estimated energy output — that’s, how laborious you are pedaling — utilizing your pace, wind pace and street gradient along with your coronary heart fee.

WatchOS four

We discovered fairly a bit from Apple’s preview of the subsequent model of its wearable working system at WWDC in June. Highlights of WatchOS four embody a brand new Siri watch face that gives a feed of contextual notifications; new branded watch faces (however no devoted Watch Face retailer); a extra succesful Music app; exercise and health enhancements; and Bluetooth connectivity for sports activities and well being gear. All of those options sound nice, however we suspect that Apple excluded probably the most thrilling upgrades from this early look.

Watch face improve

Past the brand new purple crown and sign meter on the LTE model, there are different modifications doubtlessly coming to the Apple Watch’s show. One is a shift from the Apple Watch 2’s OLED show to Micro LED — a brighter and extra environment friendly variation of the expertise. 

Nikkei Asian Assessment has reported that Apple is piloting Micro LED expertise for wearables, although it is unlikely that the brand new panels would discover their method right into a ultimate product till 2018. And DigiTimes has reported that Apple will transfer to glass-firm contact panels for the third version of the Watch, abandoning the touch-on-lens panels onboard the Apple Watch 2.



Apple’s high-end Hermes Watch begins at $1,149. 


The unique Apple Watch began at $349 for the 38mm mannequin and $399 for the 42mm version within the US. In March 2016, the corporate slashed costs by $50, dropping the entry-level value to $299. At present, the Watch Collection 1 begins at $269 (38mm) and $299 (42mm) and the Watch Collection 2 at $369 (38mm) and $399 (42mm). 

The large query is that this: Will the Apple Watch Collection three take the present Collection 2 pricing, in order that one can drop all the way down to Collection 1 ranges? Or will the addition of LTE add $130 or so to the worth, because it does with iPads? We’ll discover out Tuesday.

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