The Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) Watch has both been successful or a failure for the corporate, relying on one’s viewpoint. From one perspective, Apple has spawned a multibillion-dollar income stream out of just about skinny air and within the course of constructed a strong wearable-devices platform upon which it and software program builders can allow more and more compelling person experiences.
From one other perspective, the Apple Watch is not the “next big thing” when it comes to income and revenue that some buyers may need anticipated and is subsequently a “failure.”
I have a tendency to agree with the previous clarification and usually suppose the Apple Watch and its successor, the Apple Watch Collection 2, are stable, profitable merchandise and that the long run seems to be brilliant for the product class.
Talking of that future, in accordance to Financial Every day Information by the use of Digitimes, Apple is “reportedly planning to launch its third-generation Apple Watch in 2017.”
How Apple can push the Apple Watch ahead
At Apple’s Worldwide Builders Convention, the corporate showcased a brand new model of the watchOS working system that powers the Apple Watch, generally known as watchOS 4.
Whereas software program is arguably the lifeblood of any computing platform, a computing system additionally wants to have strong to easily and effectively ship the person experiences envisioned by each the platform and software builders.
To that finish, I anticipate the Apple Watch Collection 3, or no matter it is in the end marketed as, to embrace important enhancements.
The enhancements, as is typical with new computing units, might embrace:
- A sooner, extra environment friendly purposes processor with enhanced CPU and graphics efficiency.
- Extra, and sooner, system reminiscence, to allow extra advanced purposes.
- Quicker Wi-Fi and extra superior Bluetooth. iFixit says the Apple Watch Collection 2 helps solely 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth four.zero. Upgrades to 802.11ac and Bluetooth 5.zero could considerably enhance the person expertise.
One other potential enchancment to the Apple Watch might embrace a mobile modem. Bloomberg reported final yr that Apple desires to add mobile capabilities to the Apple Watch however that the transfer has been delay as a result of “current cellular chips consume too much battery life, reducing the product’s effectiveness and limiting user appeal.”
Maybe for this yr’s fashions, Apple and its supply-chain companions — the distributors of mobile modems and RF elements — have managed to overcome these points for this yr’s mannequin.
Apple made important enhancements to the show expertise in transitioning from the first-generation Apple Watch to the second-generation mannequin, most notably doubling the brightness of the OLED show discovered on the system from the earlier era.
Though Apple is not anticipated to transition to a brand new show expertise generally known as microLEDs within the Apple Watch for the 2017 fashions, a report from Nikkei claims that Apple is taking pictures to deliver microLED shows into trial manufacturing by the tip of this yr for potential use in commercially delivery Apple Watch fashions in 2018.
The way forward for Apple Watch as each a and software program platform seems to be fairly attention-grabbing, and I can not wait to see what the corporate has in retailer for the product class this yr.