Re-designed Apple Watch featuring a 15% larger screen, better health monitoring, and a longer battery life will arrive autumn, leaks suggest

  • The new 'Apple Watch Series 4' could launch in the third quarter of this year
  • One analyst says that the upgrade will have better health sensors
  • Increased size of the screen with probably result in a larger overall body
  • If the body increases proportionally to the screen it will be 44mm and 48mm

A re-designed Apple Watch featuring a 15 per cent larger screen and better health monitoring will arrive in autumn, according to the latest leak.

The new 'Apple Watch Series 4', which could launch in the third quarter of this year, will also have a longer battery life, according to the source.

The analyst - who has one of the best track records when it comes to Apple rumours - says that the upgrade will have better health sensors without going into details about the design.

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A re-designed Apple Watch featuring a 15 per cent larger screen and better health monitoring will arrive in autumn, according to the latest leak. Pictured is an Apple Watch Series 3

A re-designed Apple Watch featuring a 15 per cent larger screen and better health monitoring will arrive in autumn, according to the latest leak. Pictured is an Apple Watch Series 3

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities says the devices will have a 'more trendy from factor design' than the rounded square format first introduced three years ago.

According to the leak, the increased size of the screen with probably result in a larger overall body, writes 9 to 5 Mac.

The current Apple Watch - series 3 - has a bespoke heart rate monitor, an accelerometer to measure movement and a gyroscope for navigation. 

Current models come in two different case sizes: 38mm and 42mm. 

If the head of the case increases proportionally to the screen it will be around 44mm and 48mm respectively on the new model.

However, the bezel size could be reduced so the body of the watch stays the same size, notes Apple Insider.

The analyst has predicted the company will sell between 22 to 24 million Apple Watches this year. That would be a 30 per cent increase from last year.

It is not known if the increase in size will result in more space for additional components.

Mr Kuo believes if the device has a larger lithium ion cell battery and longer battery life, the body of the watch will have to be larger.

The new 'Apple Watch Series 4', which could launch in the third quarter of this year, will also have a longer battery life, according to the source. Pictured is a person wearing the Apple Watch Sport

The new 'Apple Watch Series 4', which could launch in the third quarter of this year, will also have a longer battery life, according to the source. Pictured is a person wearing the Apple Watch Sport

WHAT FEATURES DOES THE APPLE SERIES 3 WATCH HAVE?

In September 2017 Apple revealed its Series 3 Apple Watch.

The $399 (£399) device allows users to make calls directly from their wrist, much like the previous versions – but, with an integrated SIM card and a display that ‘becomes the antenna,’ you can now do so without having a phone nearby.

The watch has exercise features, a faster dual-core processor, and 18-hour battery life, making it the firm’s most powerful smartwatch yet.

The display itself works as a transmitting and receiving element for 4G LTE and UMTS, meaning it becomes the antenna.

And, the built-in eSIM is just over one-hundredth the size of a traditional SIM card, according to Apple.

This allows for over-the-air activation in the compact design. 

Pre-orders for the Series 3 Apple Watch began on 15 September and it became available on 22 September.

It’s equipped with intelligent coaching features, water resistance up to 50 meters, and a new barometric altimeter that measures relative elevation.

These things, coupled with the cellular connectivity, give people a new sense of ‘freedom’ according to the firm.

The Series 3 watch is available in silver and space grey aluminium, along with the new gold aluminium.

In September last year Apple revealed its Series 3 Apple Watch.

The $399 (£399) device allows users to make calls directly from their wrist, much like the previous versions – but, with an integrated SIM card and a display that ‘becomes the antenna'.

The watch has exercise features, a faster dual-core processor, and 18-hour battery life, making it the firm’s most powerful smartwatch yet.

‘Now you can go anywhere with just your Apple Watch,’ said Jeff Williams, Apple’s Chief Operating Officer at the time.

The display itself works as a transmitting and receiving element for 4G LTE and UMTS, meaning it becomes the antenna.

Pictured is Apple Watch Series 2. The analyst has predicted the company will sell between 22 to 24 million Apple Watches this year. That would be a 30 per cent increase from last year

Pictured is Apple Watch Series 2. The analyst has predicted the company will sell between 22 to 24 million Apple Watches this year. That would be a 30 per cent increase from last year

In September last year Apple revealed its Series 3 Apple Watch (pictured). The $399 (£399) device allows users to make calls directly from their wrist, much like the previous versions ¿ but, with an integrated SIM card and a display that ¿becomes the antenna'

In September last year Apple revealed its Series 3 Apple Watch (pictured). The $399 (£399) device allows users to make calls directly from their wrist, much like the previous versions – but, with an integrated SIM card and a display that ‘becomes the antenna'

During the launch event, Williams showed how this new feature works, using the watch to call some one who was paddle-boarding - and, the call could be heard clearly.

‘Its really magical to make a call on a device this small,' Williams said.

‘It’s just darn close to magic.'

If the rumours are true the new watch will have better health capabilities and it seems Apple is increasingly looking to get into monitoring people's health.

In January it was revealed the company wanted people to be able to access their medical records more easily from their iPhone.

The company rolled out a test version of a product that allows users to download their health records onto their iPhones.

The records can be accessed quicker and easier in order to be shown to a doctor or caregiver, according to CNBC.

Pictured is an Apple watch with 42mm stainless steel case with milanese loop. The watch has exercise features, a faster dual-core processor, and 18-hour battery life, making it the firm¿s most powerful smartwatch yet

Pictured is an Apple watch with 42mm stainless steel case with milanese loop. The watch has exercise features, a faster dual-core processor, and 18-hour battery life, making it the firm’s most powerful smartwatch yet

'We view the future as consumers owning their own health data,' Apple Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams told CNBC.

The app retrieves data from a health provider and displays it whenever new information becomes available.

Apple so far has signed contracts with a dozen hospitals in the US, including Cedars-Sinai, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Penn Medicine, and the University of California, San Diego.

Users will be able to quickly call up data on a range of health issues including allergies, conditions, immunisations, lab results, medications, procedures, and vitals.

The data will be encrypted and protected through a password.

 

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