Apple Watch Series 3 Will Have the Most Requested New Feature

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The Apple Watch has an iconic design, and the Apple Watch Series 3 will likely retain it but offer an important new feature.

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Apple Watch Series 3 will likely retain the iconic design of its predecessors, like the Series 2.

There has been, shall we say, an energetic discussion amongst the TMO editors about the evolution of the Apple Watch physical design. The reason for that is twofold.

First, the Apple Watch design, its thickness, mass and button layout is iconic. To constantly change the design would greatly annoy those who favor the original design and have invested in an Apple Watch, Series 0, 1 or 2 for the long haul.

Secondly, there is more pressure on Apple to advance the functionality of the Apple Watch than to make it thinner. Advancing the features means more miniaturization and the retention of a healthy sized battery to support new capabilities.

Apple Watch Series 3 Killer Feature

Amidst that background, The International Business Times believes that Quanta will be building the Apple Watch Series 3 and that it may well launch alongside the iPhone 7s/8 iPhones in the fall. This is the strategy that Apple used in 2016 with the Apple Watch 2 and the iPhone 7.

So if the appearance of the Apple Watch isn’t going to change much, why release a new model? The answer may lie in what users consider the most important new feature to have. This report shows the results of feedback from 1.500 Apple Watch owners. The result is that the Apple Watch needs to have its own cell phone system.

This is important for several reasons, but notably affords the possibility of phone calls and critical emergency communications when the iPhone is not available or left behind.

Heretofore, the current Apple Watches haven’t had the battery capacity or physical space for its own mobile phone subsystem. But it’s looking like this fall could bring us that feature. No less than KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that… amongst others.

One issue with this new feature would be the likely requirement for the Apple Watch 3 to have its own carrier plan. But I would bet that most major carriers would offer a supplemental add-on to the partner iPhone’s already existing plan. I’m thinking Apple would probably push for that.

It’s Time

Not only does Apple move its technology relentlessly forward, but this feature fits in nicely with the plan to eventually make the Apple Watch independent of the iPhone. That would boost sales considerably, even as reports suggest that the Apple Watch is starting to dominate the competition.

If we also consider Apple’s initiatives with health and fitness management and the prospect of Apple Watches being able to monitor blood glucose, the growth and dominance of the Apple Watch is assured.

It’s looking increasingly smart for Apple to update the Apple Watch in a year that will have us all gaga over the 10th anniversary iPhones.

8 Comments Add a comment

  1. I would rather a longer battery life than a cell phone unless they can do both.

    Another thing I would like to see is a way to keep it from doing things without me initiating them. Several times a day I look at my watch and see the text menu, the workout app, or something. Yeah, it is a First World problem, but a problem never the less.

    Thinner? Just a bit would be nice as long as I can easily work the crown.

    Give us blood pressure measurement. It does’t have be scientifically accurate, just accurate enough.

    Do not under any circumstances change the charger connection except to give us the option of buying one with a longer cable as they do with the lightening cable.

  2. brucedoyle

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  3. Unless there has been a revolutionary advancement in battery technology in the last year I don’t see how a cell connection in a case the size of the Apple Watch is feasible.

  4. aardman

    Iconic design is a must-have for any watch with pretensions of being a true high end product that will hold its value through the decades. If Apple is headed down that way with the watch, I don’t see why they couldn’t have designed the line so that the circuitry and screen of the gold edition could be swapped out to the latest version’s electronics (for the price of a brand new bottom of the line watch). Then they could guarantee that the gold version won’t ever turn into a useless, expensive bauble and they probably could have kept on selling it.

  5. FlyingJoe

    What I like about Apple Inc. is their ability to resist ‘most requested’ features from the public, especially from tech folk, as these ideas are often so very unwise (I personally would go further and say almost Universally Bad Ideas).

    Sticking in a cell phone into a watch is more in keeping with Android product manufacturers’ approach. This sounds like the time the most requested feature for iphones and ipads was Flash compatibility. It really was. And look how prescient and correct Apple was about that.

    Lets let Samsung be the one to kill its watches by sticking in a cell chip…

    Fingers crossed that Apple will do the right thing and ignore the pundits and techies…

  6. MMatz

    Call me old-fashioned, but I see my Watch (version 0) as an iPhone extension, not an iPhone replacement. I’ve used it to answer a few calls, and it’s passable in that regard, but I don’t see myself using it as a stand-alone phone. The ergonomics just don’t work for me. A BT headset would solve some of this, but then I don’t often use one.
    I realize there are lots of folks that say they want this feature, but as others have mentioned here, I don’t see Apple implementing it at the cost of battery life, increased size, or simplicity of use.
    That said, I’ll likely upgrade to another Sport when the new one comes out.

  7. vpndev

    If there’s a cell connection, I expect that Apple will use an embedded SIM rather than a plug-in one. That could have a whole set of knock-on effects.

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