09 January 2017
Taiwan-based supplier, Quanta, is going to make the next generation of Apple Watches, according to a new report published on a reputable Chinese newspaper Economic Daily News. As with the previous two generations, the third generation Watch is also going to be released in the third quarter (of 2017). Further details reveal, disappointingly however, that not much is going to change with the new generation, aside from an improvement in battery life.
Quanta has been responsible for making the first as well as the second generation of the Apple Watch. The news comes from sources close to Quanta and familiar with their plans for the Watch, although representatives from the company have declined to comment.
The sources claim that there's not going to be much change with respect to the overall hardware. That's not too much of a surprise, however, because a smartwatch is used differently than a smartphone, and doesn't need as many and frequent hardware upgrades - at least not with the way current wearables are built and sold.
When they do need, however, is an improved battery life so users have to charge them less often. That's the focal point of Quanta this year.
The report is contradictory to many other rumors we have heard in the past, such as Apple working on a circular design for the next Watch and building haptic feedback mechanism inside the watchband itself. Rumors even so far as to suggest that the next Watch will have cellular capabilities. But that's as far as rumors go. Such 'revolutionary' features might be cool, but will require quite a bit of improvements in battery first. And as for the design, Apple might not be ready to mess with a formula that works well, just yet.