Tuesday, March 27, 2018

5 Reasons to Wait for the Apple Watch 4 Release Date & 3 Reasons Not To

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We’ll help you decide if you should wait for the Apple Watch 4 release date we expect later this year, or if you should buy an Apple Watch now. We’ll walk you through what you need to know to decide if it’s worth waiting months for the Apple Watch Series 4, and reasons not to wait for the new Apple Watch.

The Apple Watch 3 is a nice upgrade with new connectivity options, better performance, a host of watchOS software features and it still has the GPS and water resistance from the Apple Watch Series 2. There are a lot of smart watches, fitness trackers and wearables, but the Apple Watch is the most popular model.

Here are the reasons to wait for the Apple Watch 4;

  1. Wait if You Want Better Battery Life

  2. Wait if You Want Better Performance

  3. Wait for a New Apple Watch Design

  4. Wait if You Have an Apple Watch 2

  5. Wait for More Sensors and Smart Bands

Here are a few reasons you shouldn’t wait for the Apple Watch 4.

  1. Don’t Wait if You Want an Apple Watch Now

  2. Don’t Wait for a Cheaper Apple Watch

  3. Don’t Wait for Apple Watch Android Support

Apple Watch 4 Rumor Roundup

Apple is not talking about the Apple Watch 4, or Apple Watch Series 4, and probably won’t even mention it until late 2018, but we can help you decide if it is worth waiting. For some users this might mean waiting to buy your first Apple Watch, but for others it’s about whether or not it makes sense to buy the Apple Watch 3 with an Apple Watch 2 on your wrist.

Expect an Apple Watch 4 release date in September. Apple released the last two models in September and it makes sense for them to stick with this tradition. It’s too early to expect an announcement this Spring.

The latest reports indicate the Apple Watch 4 will feature a larger display and potentially a new design with thinner bezels. This report on 9to5Mac comes from Ming Chi Kuo, who has a good track record in predicting Apple announcements.

After three models it feels like Apple could opt for a new design without significantly disrupting the accessory market by changing the Apple Watch band style or size. While Kuo’s report doesn’t specifically mention specific design changes, it outlines a “more trendy form factor design.” Expect to learn more about this in the summer as a new version of watchOS could include some inadvertent information. That said, there are some Apple patents for new display types and new band designs so there is a chance.

Apple is committed to the health accessories for the Apple Watch, but there are still no official sensor watch bands and limited internal sensors. Adding more would require FDA approval, but that could come after a new watch is on the market. The AlivCor KardiaBand is an FDA approved EKG band for the current Apple Watch models. We could see Apple add in a different type of connection or communication method to open this marketplace up more. Apple is working to add new sensors according to Bloomberg. Kuo’s latest report indicates Apple will add new health sensors, but it is not clear what those will do.

We do expect even better Apple Watch 4 battery life and we expect that there will be a faster processor. The Apple Watch 3 is much faster and the battery life is much better than the Series 2, and if Apple can keep that upgrade pace users will be in for a treat.

It’s still very early, with the Apple Watch 3 release date just a few months past, but there are still some reasons to wait for the the new Apple Watch 4 especially as 2018 starts. Even with rumors of a Spring Apple event we don’t expect to see one that fast. We’ll help you walk through why you should wait and why you should buy an Apple Watch 3.

Wait if You Want Better Battery Life

Wait if You Want Better Battery Life

The Apple Watch 3 is rated for “all day use” with 18 hours of battery life on one charge. If you want an Apple Watch that lasts multiple days, you may want to wait to see what the new Apple Watch can deliver. Kuo’s report indicates longer battery life is coming, but it isn’t clear if it will come from a bigger battery or enhancements. 

Apple upped the ante with the Apple Watch 3, upgrading the battery life while listening to music from 6.5 hours to 10 hours. We didn’t see any major changes to the Apple Watch 3 battery life when working out or with GPS, which is an area we would love to see expanded in the new Apple Watch. 

While we don’t quite expect to see an Apple Watch battery that lasts multiple days, especially with GPS and LTE options, but it would be great to see the battery life grow and be able to track hear rates more often. 

We now have fast charging in the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, but there is no fast charging in the Apple Watch yet. That’s another area where we could see Apple upgrade the iPhone. 

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