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Apple Watch 4: Rumored specs, features, leaks, price, release date

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The Apple Watch debuted back in 2015, and in the three years since, it’s become the top watch on the market. But it’s also kept a pretty similar-looking design. Updates have included GPS and full swim-ready water resistance in the Apple Watch Series 2, and onboard cellular connectivity in Apple Watch Series 3.

The next version could finally be where Apple makes some bigger changes to how it actually looks — just in time to go up against a brand-new Google smartwatch and the Samsung Galaxy Watch, which launches on Aug. 24. It looks like the smartwatch battle will be more heated in 2018 than ever.

WatchOS 5, unveiled at Apple’s WWDC developer conference in San Jose, brings a number of fitness improvements to the table, an instant watch-to-watch walkie-talkie mode, support for podcasts and an ability to play audio from third-party apps on the go.

This is what we think we know so far about the next Apple Watch, and what it might feature. We’ll keep updating this with the latest rumors and reports.

Apple Watch 4’s launch is imminent

In a regulatory filing with the Eurasian Economic Commission, Apple registered six product models, which refer to ‘wearable electronic devices’ that run WatchOS 5. Because these product numbers are listed next to older Apple Watch models, it strongly points towards a new Apple Watch. Keep in mind that Apple wouldn’t be releasing six new watches. Instead, it’s likely the different model numbers stand for different watch variations, like an LTE model, a non-LTE model, etc.

Likely release date: September

Apple’s last few iPhone events have all fallen around the week or two after Labor Day, and the Apple Watch has appeared alongside the iPhone the last two years. (We predict Apple will hold its iPhone announcement on Sept. 12.) The Apple Watch Series 2 and Series 3 became available a week after both events, and it’s a good bet Apple will continue the trend.

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Price? Expect more of the same

The Apple Watch has dropped a bit in price over the last few years, but the Apple Watch Series 3 starts at $329 (£329, AU$459), which seems like a logical territory for a next-gen model. A cellular version, just like Series 3, would cost more. As a comparison, the Galaxy Watch’s official pricing starts at $330 and £279 in the UK (Australia pricing to come).

A bigger display

A spring report by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (who’s had a great track record on Apple rumors) says the next Apple Watch will have a 15 percent larger display. The existing Apple Watch models all have a fair amount of bezel that’s kept hidden by the smartwatch’s black borders and mostly black OLED readouts, but going for a more edge-to-edge look would make sense and open up more room for information and messages.

New solid-state, click-free buttons

Part of the next Apple Watch’s slimmer size could be due to a redesign of the clickable side button and spinning clickable digital crown. A recent report from Fast Company says that these buttons will be solid-state, with a phantom haptic-enabled click sensation much like the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 home buttons and recent MacBook trackpads. The Taptic Engine on Apple Watches are already extremely refined, and making these buttons solid-state could also help the watch be more water-resistant.

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Always-on Siri, perhaps?

Apple’s latest MacBook Pros have added T2 chips that offers always-on Siri. Google’s upcoming next wave of Wear OS smartwatches co-developed with Qualcomm promise always-on Google Assistant, too. Would the next Apple Watch possibly have always-accessible Siri without needing to raise up the Apple Watch or press the side button? For accessibility purposes, it could be an appealing pitch — but it would require improved battery life or a more efficient set of processors.

Better battery life?

In the updated design, a larger-capacity battery (with better battery life) might fit. Or, maybe, the next Apple Watch will just be more efficient in using that battery. Part of that better battery life could theoretically come from new display tech: a Bloomberg report in the spring said Apple would be making its own MicroLED displays in future products. MicroLED tech seems to have benefits for wearables, making ‘slimmer, brighter, less power-hungry’ gadgets. Better battery life would be a welcome feature for a new Apple Watch: current Apple Watch models typically need daily charging.

A slimmer size, or the same?

The Apple Watch has had nearly the same look for three years: a bit bulbous, with rounded square edges. The changes in design reported so far don’t clearly indicate how much thinner it would be, or even if the watch could get larger. Maybe, like iPhone design refreshes, the Apple Watch 4 will end up remaining a similar size but gaining extra performance, battery and screen size.

Sleep tracking?

A missing feature in WatchOS 5 is built-in sleep tracking on the Apple Watch. Apple acquired sleep-tracking company Beddit in 2017, but hasn’t incorporated sleep tracking into its own products or software yet. There are third-party Apple Watch apps that can monitor sleep, but current watch models also typically require nightly charging that gets in the way of the required nighttime wearing needed for sleep analysis. 

Fitbit’s watches, meanwhile, last around four days on a single charge, making sleep tracking easier. Garmin‘s smartwatches are adding improved sleep tracking, too. Fitbit’s heart-rate studies are exploring testing for sleep apnea as well, which could be another target for Apple via improved heart rate sensors. Perhaps Apple figures out a way to have the watch enter a low-power sleep mode that could still measure heart rate and sleep.

Improved health sensors

The Apple Watch already measures heart rate well, and Apple’s Heart Study app already recognizes atrial fibrillation using the sensor. Third-party EKG wrist bands like Kardia have added medical-grade heart rate monitoring. Reports going back to last year have suggested Apple could develop blood glucose monitoring tech, although whether that could end up taking the form of a band, an accessory or an onboard sensor remains unclear. Measuring for blood pressure or blood glucose monitoring would likely involve a specialized sensor or band, like what Omron is pursuing on its own watch. Or, perhaps, FDA clearance for additional features using heart rate might be unlocked.

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Could there be smart straps?

Recent Apple patent filings for connected watch band accessories could offer extra features like increased battery life. Or, UV exposure sensing. What about blood glucose monitoring, or EKG heart rate measurements, or even blood pressure cuffs? Smart strap rumors have been around since the Apple Watch first debuted, and patent filings are hardly an indicator of imminent product features. Pebble tried developing smart straps for its smartwatches years ago, but nothing ever became of the effort. Will this Apple Watch bring the idea back? It seems unlikely, but keep checking this space.

What about a watch face store?

Despite reports suggesting that iOS 4.3.1 had what looked like support for third-party Apple Watch faces, Apple’s preview of WatchOS 5 at WWDC didn’t reveal a watch face store. That doesn’t mean it couldn’t still happen. Maybe debuting new watch faces alongside a new Apple Watch would be the better move. If the next watch also has larger screen sizes, it could also impact how future watch faces are designed.

And, maybe, finally, AirPower

Hey, remember AirPower? Apple’s proprietary spin on contactless charging was supposed to offer faster charging for multiple Apple devices like iPhones, AirPods, and even the Apple Watch. According to Apple, the Apple Watch Series 3 is already AirPower-ready (although AirPower isn’t here yet). If AirPower exists, it’ll likely drop alongside the next iPhone and Apple Watch (and AirPods). 

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The eye-monitoring HTC Vive Professional Eye is a indicator of VR to appear

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I understood the Vive headset I was sporting was as well limited. This was the HTC Vive Pro Eye, a new design launched at CES this thirty day period in Las Vegas, that provides total-on eye-monitoring. It is or else really equivalent to the present substantial-conclude Vive Pro headset that HTC launched in 2018. I have long gone via adequate eye-monitoring setups to know that it would perform greater on my eyeglasses if loosened just a little bit. Searching up, down, adhering to a blue dot… and the set up labored. From that level on, it was difficult to notify that eye monitoring was even going on. But it was.

Eye monitoring has been a promised feature in VR and AR for a long time, and has been obtainable earlier in modified VR headsets. Tobii, a well known eye-monitoring technological innovation business, developed its tech into the HTC Vive Professional Eye. I have utilised Tobii eye monitoring on Vive headsets prior to this, and it is been obtainable as an update alternative for individuals who needed it. But the Vive Professional Eye is the very first VR mass-industry components with eye monitoring obtainable normal. It is not going to be the previous.

The Vive Professional Eye is aiming for company marketplaces (which can make perception, considering that the Vive Professional Eye is predicted to price a lot more than $799 for the headset by yourself), and Tobii’s previously built analytics tools employing eye monitoring to support analyze how men and women interact with ads or retailer layouts. It appears like eye monitoring will mainly be a device utilised to examine engagement, increase graphics and also support increase controls (if I can seem at one thing and then go my hand to manage that one particular factor, it will massively increase aiming).

Qualcomm’s next-generation mobile VR headsets are predicted to have eye monitoring. Combined-fact headsets like the Magic Leap One and probably the following-gen Microsoft HoloLens will consist of it. And in the following number of a long time, each VR and AR headset in existence will possibly have it, as well.

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Some possible killer applications

Ovation’s community talking instruction application was one particular of a fifty percent-dozen or so eye-enabled activities at HTC’s CES preview of its company-targeted VR components, coming out by midyear. I stood up in entrance of an viewers in a simulated CES push convention, providing a speech off a teleprompter. I gestured with my fingers, tried out to maintain my shipping and delivery exciting. The avatar group adopted me with their eyes, seeking appropriate at me. And many thanks to embedded eye monitoring, I was seeking appropriate at them.

A warmth map soon after my speech confirmed precisely exactly where my eyes ended up wandering, and a examination rating rewarded me for dividing my gaze among equally sides of the area, and among teleprompters and viewers. It turns out I aced my community talking examination. And eye monitoring was ready to supply analytics that standard VR headsets cannot.

Lockheed Martin’s Prepare3D flight simulation application experienced me sitting down in a chair with flight simulator controls and with VR it felt like I was in a cockpit studded with readouts. Even though adhering to instructions, the instruction application could also adhere to my eye actions and support me know if I was seeking in the appropriate spots, or if I was getting to be distracted.

An MLB Home Run Derby VR encounter that will be set up all around MLB ballparks experienced me batting towards digital pitches with an genuine related bat, but also employing my eye motion to interact with pitches and manage my swings.

VR’s following frontier: Foveated rendering

Eye monitoring can support increase graphics on reduce-run gadgets by employing foveated rendering, exhibiting in optimum element only what the fovea or heart of eye requires in. Graphics on substantial-conclude PCs can be pushed even additional, as well, by employing the identical strategy.

I observed this in motion in ZeroLight’s demonstration of a virtual BMW car showroom, exactly where I walked all around and checked out particulars of a BMW M in VR and seemed at dashboard particulars in substantial resolution, modifying inside particulars and shades for comparison. When the demo was paused, I observed how the Vive Professional Eye rendered every little thing in my eyesight at greater resolution, and fuzzier at the edges.

But eye monitoring has a weirder, darker aspect: Who will know exactly where I am seeking? And will organizations like Fb, Google, and other VR and AR companies make certain that information is managed responsibly? I am reminded of a discussion I experienced previous 12 months with a blended-fact govt who reminded me that eye monitoring could at some point be a type of thoughts looking through.. .possibly even a flag for foreseeable future behavioral tendencies. Picture a foreseeable future in which a ‘wandering eye’ gets a literal Minority Report-type ‘precrime.’ Eye-monitoring technological innovation is a excellent and mysterious electricity, and headsets and telephones are heading to achieve it actually before long.

The Vive Professional Eye is just the start off.

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Apple Black Friday 2018 offers: Every thing we know correct now

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Apple isn’t going to truly ‘do’ Black Friday, at the very least not the way other shops do. There is no months-forward leaked advert, and traditionally not considerably in the way of Black Friday discount rates.

In 2016 and 2017, in simple fact, Apple supplied only present playing cards with a variety of buys. There was a $25 present card when you acquired an Apple Watch Series 1, for case in point, and a $100 present card with pick iPads.

Will this calendar year be distinct? We will uncover out on Friday, Nov. 23, which kicks off Apple’s four-day shopping event. As constantly, Apple is maintaining mum about the details. It may be present playing cards yet again, or probably Apple will consider to soar-commence declining iPhone sales with some real discount rates.

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Appropriate now, Apple has established some offers dwell on its Australia store and it seems to be like our suspicions had been appropriate: it truly is all present playing cards. It seems Apple is providing the subsequent quantities for each and every acquire. Be aware that all of this is pure conjecture dependent on the Australian types obtainable and the present card quantities outlined on that website. When the sale goes dwell tonight in the US, we will update this publish.  

Possibly way, you may be ready to do far better at one particular of Apple’s retail companions. Below are all the Black Friday offers on Apple items we are monitoring now:

Oh, and never neglect: All calendar year spherical, you can score savings on Apple gear by opting for refurbs. The Apple Observe Sequence three GPS 38mm, for case in point? It really is at the moment $239 refurbished, a cost savings of $40.

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Sensible smartwatch bargains for Mother’s Working day: Reductions on Apple Look at, Fitbit and far more

 

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Tick tock, time is operating out on your possibility to line up a Mother’s Working day present. If you strategy to skip the bouquets this yr and go the tech route, splurging on the most recent Apple Look at for expensive ol’ mother will not established you again as considerably as you may possibly believe. Apple Look at Collection four and Collection three designs are at the moment discounted, and there are other smartwatches on sale, as well.

Consider a appear at the smartwatches on sale under, and if you require some other concepts for Mother, check out out CNET’s Mother’s Working day present concepts for well being nuts and health buffs and favorite items for mothers. 

Notice CNET might get a share of earnings from the sale of the goods highlighted on this website page.

Apple Look at Collection four (GPS, 40mm): $349 (conserve $50)

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If Mother currently has an Apple iphone, an Apple Look at can make a fantastic addition. She can make payments, stream audio and observe her health. The well being positive aspects of the Collection four go over and above counting methods: it notifies you of large or irregular coronary heart rhythms that could sign possibly daily life-threatening problems like atrial fibrillation it has a created-in electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) characteristic and it alerts your unexpected emergency contacts if you have taken a negative drop. The smaller sized 40mm dimension will probably suit most mothers.

Amazon and Very best Get every single have numerous shade choices on sale. Very best Get has the Gold Aluminum Situation with Pink Sand Activity Band, Silver Aluminum Situation with White Activity Band and Gold Aluminum Situation with Pink Sand Activity Loop. Amazon has the Seashell Activity Loop, Room Grey Aluminum with Black Activity Band and Room Grey Aluminum with Black Activity Loop.

At Walmart, only the Room Grey product with the Black Activity Band is on sale. 

Apple Look at Collection four (GPS, 44mm): $379 (conserve $50)

Amazon also has 6 shade combos on sale of the bigger 44mm product.

 

Apple Look at Collection three (GPS, 38mm): $199 (conserve $80)

The Apple Look at Collection three is not fairly as smooth as the Collection four has a somewhat smaller sized display screen and lacks the EKG characteristic, but it is considerably far more reasonably priced and nonetheless a fantastic smartwatch, specially for Apple iphone-toting mothers. Furthermore, it has fantastic coronary heart well being characteristics that do not demand the EKG. A Collection three view can the two warn its consumer if it detects abnormally large or lower coronary heart charges for the duration of a period of time of inactivity, which can aid capture some critical healthcare problems this sort of as AFib.

Apple Look at Collection three (GPS, 42mm): $229 (conserve $80)

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Apple View Sequence four unboxing: 1 box gets to be two

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The Apple Watch Series 4 has gone through a style overhaul considering that final calendar year — even bigger monitor, thinner entire body — but which is not all. The packaging is various for some types, way too. We unboxed two various types to demonstrate what is new: an aluminum 40mm Apple View Sequence four (in room grey) on video clip, together with pictures of the stainless metal 44mm product (in gold). 

The box is a prolonged rectangle. It really is double wrapped, 1st in plastic, and then in a cardboard layer that helps make it seem to be like you might be opening up a birthday current. The inside of the cardboard wrap exhibits colourful photographs of the Apple Watch.

Inside of there are two containers. The more substantial a single homes the watch’s entire body — enclosed in a slip-off felt-like protect — additionally the induction charging puck hooked up to the one meter USB cable, the USB wall charger and a modest instruction handbook. 

The slimmer, base box-in-a-box is the integrated strap. It really is specifically what you would get if you had been to acquire the strap individually.

To recap, you get:

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  • Two containers within the package deal: a single for the look at and components, the other for the band
  • View entire body enclosed in a felt protect
  • USB wall adapter
  • USB to Lightning cable (one meter) with induction charging puck
  • Instruction handbook
  • View band

 And which is it!

Verify out the total unboxing video clip (previously mentioned) and our ongoing review of the Apple Watch Series 4. And keep with CNET in the coming times and months for tons far more screening and comparisons on the new View.

Each the View and the new iPhone XS and XS Max hit merchants in far more than two dozen international locations on Friday, Sept. 21.

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Black Friday 2018 smartwatch and fitness tracker deals: $80 off Apple Watch, $200 Samsung Gear S3 now live

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2018 may finally be the year you trade in your analog watch for something a little smarter. Over the last few years, wearable devices from companies like Apple, Fitbit and Garmin have become helpful tools that keep you connected while kicking your butt into shape. And with Black Friday deals like these, buying a smartwatch or fitness tracker is more tempting than ever.  

But before you start looking for deals, it’s important to figure out what you need in a wearable or you may end up spending more on features you don’t need. Designated fitness bands such as Fitbit’s Charge 3 and Alta, or Garmin’s Vivofit tend to be cheaper options. You get basic activity tracking, watch features and notifications, but you’re limited by a smaller screen. 

Smartwatches such as the Apple Watch, Fitbit Versa or Samsung Gear for example, will still have a lot of the same fitness tracking functionality as the previous trackers, but they have more controls on the screen and can even become a secondary phone. The downside is they do tend to be bulkier and more expensive. 

Now that you have a clearer idea of what you want, let’s save you some money. We’ll be sure to update this post with both Walmart wearables deals and Best Buy wearables deals later this week. In the meantime, check out our Walmart and Best Buy deals in all their glory. 

With that out of the way, let’s get you started on some bargain hunting. 

Fitbit Charge 3, $120 (Save $40)

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Fitbit’s latest tracker is almost a category of its own. It’s not quite a fully fledged smartwatch, but it’s not just a fitness band either. The design is also a nice middle ground between bulky and sleek, and has some tactile functionality on the screen. 

Sale pricing starts

Shopko: In-store and online Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, at 2 p.m.

Target: In-store and online Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, at 5 p.m.

Best Buy: In-store Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, at 5 p.m.

JCPenney: In-store Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, at 2 p.m.

Kohl’s: In-store Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, at 5 p.m.

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Apple Watch Series 3 GPS, $199 (Save $80)

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If you don’t need the EKG feature on this year’s Series 4, the Apple Watch Series 3 may be the perfect fit. It has most of the same features as the newer model, but for a lot less. And it still keeps track of your ticker by alerting you if your heart rate is abnormally high or low. This price is also available at Macy’s.

Sale pricing starts

Macy’s: In-store and online Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, at 5 p.m.

Target: In-store and online Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, at 5 p.m.

Best Buy ($229): In-store Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, at 5 p.m. 

See at Target Read CNET’s review


Fitbit Versa, $149 (Save $50)

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This Fitbit smartwatch has a comfortable, sleek design with a color touchscreen, heart rate sensor and a battery that will last you days at a time. It’s compatible with both Android and iOS devices, but only Android users will be able to program quick responses to reply to text messages. This deal is also available at Shopko.

Sale pricing starts

Kohl’s: Online Monday, Nov. 19, and in-store on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, at 5 p.m.

Shopko: Online Tuesday, Nov. 20.

Meijer: Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, at 6 a.m.

Kohl’s: In-store on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, at 5 p.m.

Best Buy: In-store Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, at 5 p.m.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch, $260 (Save $70)

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Samsung’s new Galaxy Watch is a great Android alternative that you can also use phone free. It’s one of the best looking smartwatches of 2018 with rotating bezel that makes it easy to navigate its many features. The watch can track over 35 different activities including sleep, and keeps a close eye on your stress levels. 

Sale pricing starts

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Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch, $200 (Save $100)

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This well crafted smartwatch has a round design and a rotating bezel that allows you to easily navigate through its many features. It also boasts one of the best Samsung features available: Samsung Pay, which allows you to make payments at just about any credit card terminal. 

Sale pricing starts

Samsung: TBD

Meijer: Online on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 6 a.m.

Costco: In-store starting on Nov. 23, at 9 a.m.

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Fitbit Alta HR, $80 (Save $50)

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The Fitbit Alta HR is the perfect companion if you’re just getting stated on your fitness journey. It’s the smallest and lightest fitness tracker on our list, with customizable straps that can give it a more stylish look. And it’s still able to fit in a heart rate sensor for improved activity tracking and calorie count.

Sale pricing starts

Kohl’s: Online starting Monday, Nov. 19, and in-store on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, at 5 p.m.

Best Buy: In-store on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, at 5 p.m.

Fred Meyer: TBD

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