We don’t expect the Apple Watch Series 6 to come out until later in 2020, but it’s never too early to start tracking all the rumors we’ve heard.
The next watch from Apple could be the “Apple Watch Series 6” and may be announced in September 2020. Rumors surrounding the product have been sparse, but hints from iOS 14 code and patent applications give some clue as to what we can expect from the future wearable.
We’re already hearing a few rumors about the Apple Watch 6, including the possibility that it could switch to a new screen type. The Apple Watch 5 uses an OLED screen, but a report suggests the Apple Watch 6 might use microLED.
The main advantage of microLED is that it should be more power-efficient, which could mean the Apple Watch 6 would have better battery life.
The Apple Watch Sereis 5 released with some battery life improvements and an always-on display, leaving plenty of room for a massive “Apple Watch Series 6” update. New case materials, health features, and price options could make this a must have upgrade once released in the fall.
Another possible change to the screen is the addition of a Touch ID fingerprint scanner. Currently the Apple Watch range doesn’t have any biometric security, but building a scanner into the screen would be a slick way to offer it.
Apple Watch Series 6 materials
The Apple Watch has shipped with many materials so far, but new ones can always be added. So far there have been options for aluminum, stainless steel, 18 carat gold, ceramic, and titanium. The 18 carat gold “Edition” watch was only sold in limited quantities for the first generation.
The latest addition was titanium, introduced with the Apple Watch Series 5, and includes Space Black and standard colors. This added a new step in price between the stainless steel and ceramic model.
One other feature the Apple Watch 6 might offer is native sleep tracking. That’s according to “people familiar with the work” speaking to Bloomberg and other sources speaking to The Verifier.
The Apple Watch range already supports third-party sleep tracking apps, but surprisingly Apple still doesn’t offer its own, so it’s a believable addition. But we’ve been waiting for a first-party solution that’s more directly integrated with Apple’s ecosystem.
Another leak proposes sleep tracking is coming, alongside better parental controls and new ‘tachymeter’ distance-tracking markings ringing the Apple Watch face.
Health facing features have been the center of the Apple Watch since its inception. According to some rumors, Apple Watch 6 could get the capability to monitor blood oxygen levels and warn wearers if those drop low enough to risk a cardiac arrest.
The Apple Watch Series 4 and Apple Watch Series 5 both have the ability to perform an electrocardiogram via the Digital Crown. Currently, this function does not work if your heart rate is elevated, but a new update may fix this.
Leaker Jon Prosser elaborated on the use for the blood oxygen level tracking: combine it with heart rate monitoring, and the smartwatch could be able to tell when the wearer is hyperventilating. This could tip the watch off that the wearer is having a panic attack, and could tell the wearer to stop or pull over (if driving) and coach them into breathing until the attack passes.
Another feature we might see is the ability for the Apple Watch to tell if you’re in danger of drowning and contact the emergency services if so. This idea is based on an Apple patent which details a system where a device could detect if you’re in say, open water, or salt water, and then based on your calendar and location data work out precisely where you are and whether you likely intended to be in that water.
The Apple Watch started as a fitness device, and has grown in popularity as such since its release. Apple continues to add new workout features and tracking with each new hardware and software release, and it appears the next generation watch is no exception.
A new workout app meant to walk users through workouts may launch across Apple platforms this fall. The watch component of this system could include a new app, prompts for workouts using vibrations and sounds, and interactive software with data.
The workout service is codenamed “Seymour,” and will include video guides on how to complete workouts properly. Apple Watch would play a critical role in this by tracking gait, elevation, and tempo during a workout.
Apple Watch Series 6 Connectivity
A new material is rumored for connections inside the Apple Watch, called Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP), and could lead to increased wireless performance. This material could improve antenna performance and allow for WiFi 6 to be included in the Apple Watch.
An additional side effect of using the LCP could be improved water resistance ratings, as the connection between the motherboard and Digital Crown could be further improved.
A new “Kid Mode” is rumored to be introduced with iOS 14 and watchOS 7. This would allow users to add an additional Apple Watch to their iPhone, acting as the parent, and set up the watch for their child. “Kid Mode” would also introduce Screen Time like features to the Apple Watch that could let parents have more control over their child’s watch.
The mode would also change how the activity rings are tracked, showing metrics like playtime instead of calories.
The current Apple Watch lineup consists of 40mm and 44mm watches with aluminum, stainless steel, titanium, and ceramic bodies. They are priced from $399 to $1,349 and include a variety of bands and colors to choose from using the Apple Watch Studio.
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