Apple Watch 4: What we know about Apple’s next wearable

The Apple Watch 4 (or Apple Watch Series 4, if you want to kowtow to the company’s official branding) is expected to launch later this year – and we’re starting to get a good idea of the new features it’ll offer. Here’s all the latest Apple Watch 4 rumours and release date gossip.

Apple Watch 4 Design and Specs: What will the Apple Watch 4 look like, and what new features will it have?

At WWDC 2018, Apple gave us our first real peek at what to expect from the Apple Watch 4 when it unveiled watchOS 5. Walkie Talkie – a feature which lets users exchange short voice messages with a quick tap – was the obvious highlight then, but now we’ve got wind of some new hardware rumours to add to the speculative pie.

The most notable revelation comes from Bloomberg, which states that the Apple Watch 4 will have a larger screen with an edge-to-edge design, corroborating earlier chatter claiming that the unit will bundle a screen that’s 15% bigger than the existing one – making it the first major redesign since the product’s inception in 2015.

Fast Company later revealed that Apple has opted for a different set of buttons on the Series 4. The device will tout the same design as the Series 3, with a digital crown sitting on the right side atop a secondary key, but both are now rumoured to respond to pressure (haptic feedback) rather than a physical press.

Here’s how Concept Creator envisages the Apple Watch Series 4 looking, based on recent rumours:

Former KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a remarkable record when it comes to forecasting Apple’s next move, believes that the bump in screen size is a safe bet, but the move to haptic buttons could be shelved for the 5th anniversary Apple Watch (or Apple Watch Series 5), which should launch sometime in 2019.

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So what else can we expect from the Series 4? A recent rumour suggests that the new wearable will have an EKG sensor on board that’s capable of identifying abnormalities with a wearer’s heart before they escalate into serious problems. But again, there’s no guarantee that will be on the Apple Watch 4, and could be held for the Series 5.

One feature that will almost certainly be on the Series 4, however, is the introduction of customisable watch faces, according to 9to5Mac.

There’s also a good chance it will be compatible with a new range of high-tech straps, one of which is believed to function as an external battery.

Apple Watch 4 Release Date: When will the Apple Watch Series 4 come out?

The good news is that Apple is minded to refresh its Apple Watch wearable on a yearly basis, meaning we’ll almost certainly see the Apple Watch 4 launched alongside at least one new iPhone – iPhone 9, anyone? – this autumn.

September 2018 is the most likely month, as Apple’s launch patterns are highly consistent – a detail Ming-Chi Kuo confirmed.

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News and Features Editor James Laird contributed to this article.

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