Now that it’s 2018, it’s time to look at the year ahead and the products which will launch. Among them, surely, is the Apple Watch 4.
According to Apple, the Watch has been a huge success however you measure it. Millions sold, impossibly high customer satisfaction. So there’s no reason to think it isn’t already well into the design phase for the next generation.
When is the Apple Watch 4 coming out?
For the last two years, Apple has launched a new version of its smartwatch in September alongside new iPhones. It seems unlikely it will deviate from this pattern in 2018, so if you’re already waiting for the fourth-gen Apple Watch, you’ve got around nine months before it appears on shelves.
What will it cost?
Based on the current prices, we think the Apple Watch 4 will start at £329 for the smaller 38mm version and £359 for the larger model. And those are likely to be the same in US Dollars.
You’ll pay more if you want a fancier strap or a higher quality body material.
It may be more expensive than many Android smartwatches, but the Apple Watch is arguably the best of the bunch.
What new features will it have?
The rumour mill hasn’t really started delivering anything much yet, so until the inevitable supply chain leaks begin (some might say deliberate Apple leaks), we can’t say anything definitive about the new features in the Series 4.
What we can say is that there were quite a few interesting patents filed last year which could hint at possible updates to this year’s wearable.
For example, the ‘power band’ shown below could incorporate batteries to give the Watch extra runtime between charges.
Another rumours is a ‘self-adjusting strap’ which would make the watch more comfortable, easier to put on and – possibly most importantly – allow the sensors to be as accurate as possible. Measuring heart rate is difficult is the watch isn’t in close contact with the skin, at least using the current optical methods.
Many thought that the older patent for a modular strap would mean the Series 3 was modular, but it didn’t happen. It’s possible, then, that the Series 4 could be modular in some way, if Apple hasn’t ditched the idea.
There are other features, which could be introduced in the Apple Watch Series 4:
- Sleep tracking
- Respiration tracking
- 3D Touch screen
The Series 3 brought one long-rumoured feature: LTE. That means it can operate to an extent without an iPhone, but you still need an iPhone to set it up in the first place. It’s unlikely anything will change in this respect with the fourth-gen Watch, but we can all hope for longer battery life.