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Apple plans to introduce a next-generation Apple Watch in the third quarter of this year, reports Economic Daily News. Citing market watchers, the Chinese outlet says the new wearable will feature better performance and longer battery life.

The Watch is expected to be manufactured by Quanta Computer, who was responsible for building the first and second-gen models, and their focus will be improving the battery. The hardware will not likely see much change, the report added.

That last detail will disappoint customers who are not happy with the current Apple Watch hardware. Since the device was first unveiled in 2014, it’s maintained the same thick, square design through what has [effectively] been 3 different models.

Previous reports have suggested Apple has higher ambitions for its smartwatch. Rumors have included a  FaceTime camera, new types of health and fitness sensors, and the moving of components like the haptic feedback engine to the Watch band.

Source: Economic Daily News via DigiTimes

Would you be satisfied with a new Apple Watch this year that is faster and has better battery life, but looks the same?

  • Agneev Mukherjee

    Then the Apple Watch will be updated annually like the iPhone…

  • edwilk55

    Battery life lis the sole reason I’ve not bought one and will never buy one until resolved. Terrible battery life prevents them from implementing sleep tracking since it has to be charged while sleeping. That’s pathetic! Once it can go three days (or at least 2 full solid days) on a charge and if it has fast charging, I might partake. Not until. And I truly hate not having one.

    • Newgunnerr

      You want to sleep with a smartwatch on?

      Also: my apple watch 2 EASILY goes on 2 full days 48 hours without charge

      • edwilk55

        I hear those that say it’ll go 2 days, but seems 18 hours give or take is the prevailing norm. If I’m wrong, that’s awesome.

        Yes, I only take my Pebble off to shower, and actually don’t have to since it’s water proof…I just don’t like drying it off. 🙂

        But the watch is much smaller and thinner, so having the larger heavier Apple might not make it comfortable to wear at night. That’s a good point.

        Sleep tracking is important to me as it is one of the most important factors in a long healthy life as more and more studies are showing.

      • Newgunnerr

        What exactly does the pebble track for sleeping? Has it improved your sleep? Because thats great. I must say I never use the apps on the smartwatch and receive like 20 notifications a day, most are off. In my case yes it easily makes it 48 hours. I wear it all day but dont use it much

      • askep3

        The Apple Watch isn’t heavy just get a light band and you’re set

      • therealjjohnson

        I get 18-20 hours. I sleep in mine. I charge for about an hour or so on my desk at work or with my portable charger. I love mine honestly. Still have the first gen. If I do buy another I will opt for the stainless steel vs the sport.

      • Niclas

        Yep, iI get about 18-24h on my AW1

      • Elias Chao

        I like to track my sleeping patterns with my watch. I normally charge it when I get ready for work and when I have dinner.

      • At least, sometimes more.
        (Watch activation: on touch or crown)

    • 5723alex .

      My Apple Watch original goes for full 3 days. Battery loses 1% for 1 hour of use.

      • JZ

        What exactly do you use the watch for then? There’s no way it’ll last 3 FULL days with notifications and just plain using your watch.

    • nova12

      My Nike+ battery life is great. Been up and active 6.5 hours today and it’s at 91%.

    • burge

      You are aware that fast charging kills battery’s. The slower the charge the long the battery last before the next charge and the longer it’s lasts before it needs replacing.

      • Rowan09

        Exactly.

  • I’m not seeing a reason for an extremely minor update like this. Unless they release new colorways or something to go with a battery update this won’t do much in the market place. Battery life on the Apple Watch isn’t as bad as reviewers make it to be. I can go 3 days with no charge and that includes having it on overnight. Granted I don’t use my Apple Watch to play games on and I make sure from midnight till 6am that I receive zero notifications on the device. No reason to get any at that time as I should be sleeping. Lots of good tracking applications are available and I’m sure at some point Apple will make one themselves that can track sleeping habits.

  • nova12

    Definitely and update I’ll skip. Love my Nike+ model — it’s fast and the battery life is great.

  • Diego Milano

    One watch every year? Ha, another reason why I’m not buying this.

  • george

    My gear s2 classic goes 2 days with always on display and 3.5 without. I never got full 48 hours on an apple watch.

    • n0ahcruz3

      I would love an apple watch but 24hrs just wont cut it for me atleast 3 days for me to get me to buy 1. I opted for a charge 2 which last me 1 week battery life. It’s enough for my wearable needs mainly track workouts, steps, HR, text/call notifications and of course tell time and date lol. I hate charging multiple devices every night.

      • Rowan09

        Even the first Apple Watch lasted more than 24hrs and the new one is much better on battery life.

      • n0ahcruz3

        More than 24hrs still wont cut it for me, atleast 3 days minimum of heavy usage will get me to buy one. A price tag of $249 and 3 days battery life and im totally in. If apple decide on that price and able to achieve that battery life, Apple watch sales will sky rocket.

      • Rowan09

        Sorry but no smart watch with these type of features will last that long with heavy usage. That price tag is way too low for this type of watch I mean a Garmin GPS watch with just color display cost $249. Apple would have to sell 2 times as much at that price point.

      • n0ahcruz3

        Samsung’s latest smartwatch able to achieve 4 days usage according to their website how come apple cant or wont achieve that? I run workout alot i dont play games(who even plays games on their smart watches lol

      • Rowan09

        I use it all day and run 4 times a week and when I’m not running I use it for my workouts. I don’t own the Samsung new watch so I can’t speak for it, but the one my wife has doesn’t last more than 1 and a half days. I’m on day 2 my Apple Watch without a charge and it’s on 74% and I went out for a run today and had it on the whole day. Apple gives a number for usage with playing games (I agree who plays games on a watch but hey), just like they under rate the water resistance ability of the IPhone 7/7+

      • Terrence BIG-T

        I understand your point…but most people in this country go to bed every night, and like most people we put our watch ipad iphones or whatever on the charger…I have never had a dead watch or ipad before…only a few times on the phone because I drain it with videos and editing and wait til the last minute until its dead. I cant imagine ever waiting 3-4 days to charge something that by habit I do every night anyways…maybe 4 days is a nice option for you and others…but when I recharge through sleep at night…my electronics do the same.

      • Terrence BIG-T

        My old Pebble used to go a week without a full charge…then after year 2 it slowly needed to be charged every 2 days.

      • Rowan09

        I owned the Pebble as well, but it’s not a battery hog, especially since it’s not color screen, etc.

    • Rowan09

      My Apple Watch Nike + lasts 3 days easy without a charge. I don’t play games on my watch like some others may do.

    • Terrence BIG-T

      I go all day on my series 2 and when I lay down at night and put it on the charger the lowest its been was 54%…but last night it 79%…the battery life to me is perfect..I put all my devices on chargers ever night.

  • Shlomy Malka

    Yep battery is the main issue but I saw that apple will come with wireless charge and that will be the game changer.

    • Rowan09

      The Apple Watch already has wireless charging. Smart watches like the Apple Watch aren’t meant to last a week.

  • Iskren Donev

    I would be just fine with the current design. I recently got mine and I love it.

    For me the killer feature would be ultra fast charging. Ideally, I want the watch to be able to fully charge while I am taking a shower every morning.