[ MacRumors ] Tim Hardwick:
On Tuesday, the Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) claimed the next iteration of the wearable device will be manufactured by Taiwan-based Quanta, which was also responsible for the production of Apple’s first and second-generation smartwatch.
Citing market watchers with knowledge of Quanta’s plans, the paper said improving battery life is the manufacturer’s “main task”, but beside general performance improvements, the device’s other hardware would not see much change.
The new Series 2 Apple Watch with WatchOS 3.1 gets up to about two days without a charge according to John Gruber. That’s a 100% improvement over the original. Another leap like that could happen with the Series 3 with improvements in battery technology, processor miniaturization, OLED display power consumption, etc.
Extending the battery life on the Apple Watch is probably priority one at Apple, and for good reason, but I’d like to see more attention given to sunlight readability of the display. Sure upping the brightness to 1000 nits helps, but there are less brute force ways to make it easier to see what’s on the Apple Watch when the sun is out. It will also help with battery life.
I’m glad Apple isn’t changing the exterior design; classic watch designs should stand the test of time.