22.05.2020 BLOG

Apple expected to release a new Apple Watch later this year

The Apple Watch has come a long way in five years, and we know that Apple are constantly working hard to make it even better. The Apple Watch has grown from being a somewhat limited wearable, that was often playing catch-up in terms of health tracking, to becoming one of the most popular and feature-rich smartwatches on the market.

It seems like Apple’s efforts have paid off so far: Apple was the top wearable-device maker in the fourth quarter of 2019, claiming 36.5% of the global market, according to The International Data Corporation. Apple’s wearables, home, and accessories division, which includes the Apple Watch and AirPods, has also been booming. Wearables hit a quarterly record in Apple’s fiscal second quarter of 2020, and the division generated $6.3 billion in revenue for the quarter.

But there are still plenty of ways in which the Apple Watch could be even better, including improving battery life and sleep tracking capabilities. So, although none of this information is confirmed, this is what we would like to see in Apple’s next Watch announcement later this year.

Sleep Tracking

Sleep tracking is one major feature the Apple Watch lacks compared to rival wearables like those made by Fitbit, which was recently acquired by Google. If you want to monitor your sleep through the Apple Watch, there are plenty of third-party apps you can use, but some of them cost money or charge for premium features.

Battery Life

If you’re going to be wearing the Apple Watch overnight to track your sleep, it’s going to need longer battery life.

I’ve been an avid Apple Watch user for years, and both the Series 3 and the Series 5 — the two models that Apple currently sells — are easily able to get through an entire day and then some. But getting through a second day will be difficult, if not impossible.

Downloadable Watch Faces

While you can pin complications from third-party apps onto your Apple Watch face, Apple still doesn’t allow third-party developers and designers to create backgrounds for its smartwatch.

Apple does offer a wide variety of watch faces, some of which even feature Mickey Mouse and “Toy Story” characters. And you could argue that Apple’s watch faces are more polished than the third-party ones available through Fitbit’s clock face store.

In summary, the next-generation watch, expected to be called the Series 6, will reportedly come with sleep tracking capabilities, according to Bloomberg. Guided workout programs may also be coming to the watch through a software update, as 9to5Mac reported. Overall, it would seem that the series 6 will come with better water resistance and faster performance. We are excited by the rumours of the Apple Watch 6, so we will have to wait and see what the latest release will hold.

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