The Apple Watch hasn’t gotten a design refresh since the first series was launched all the way back in 2015. The fourth-gen model might just change this with a major new look and bigger screen.
According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the Apple Watch Series 4 is going to sport a more trendy form factor design instead of the rounded square format it’s been sticking to for 3 generations. He didn’t disclose what this might look like.
The Apple Watch Series 4’s screen is apparently set to grow by 15%, but there’s no word on whether the 38mm and 42mm chassis will increase in step. It’s possible Apple will figure out a way to cut bezels so that a bigger screen can fit into the same body. The current Apple Watch has very large borders and reducing them would be in line with the company’s newfound love for all-screen designs.
Working against this theory is Kuo’s claim that the Apple Watch Series 4 will have increased battery capacity. This would require a bigger lithium-ion cell, which in turn would require more space. Unless, of course, Apple has achieved a breakthrough in battery tech to fit big cells into small spaces.
Kuo says that Apple is going to introduce enhancements to the in-built health sensor as well, but didn’t say what these could be. Rumors till date have suggested an embedded EKG module and a non-invasive glucose monitor for people with heart conditions and diabetes, respectively.
Kuo thinks all these changes will add up to Apple selling between 22 to 24 million Apple Watch Series 4 units in 2018. This is an increase of around 30% year-over-year, eventually climbing up to 50 million units a year.