Updated | First hands-on picture of the Apple Watch Series 4 shows off its edge-to-edge display
Update 9/7 — The original source informed that this was a fan-made mockup. Readers may kindly take note.
The Apple Watch Series 4 is Apple's next iteration of its popular smartwatch, which will be unveiled alongside new iPhone X successors, a refreshed Mac Mini, and a new thin bezel iPad Pro on September 12. The new Apple Watch will feature a slightly larger and more information dense display than the Watch Series 3. This is something that we've already known but Hometop managed to get a first hands-on look at the Apple Watch Series 4 that shows the new display in action.
The hands-on image shows a Rose Gold color variant with a white strap. The Watch Series 4 will continue to retain its rectangular shape but this time, the overall dimensions are about 15% larger than the Watch Series 3. The position of the crown also looks to be same but word is that it will now be touch sensitive and sport haptic feedback.
The larger dimension now affords a higher resolution display at 384 x 480 pixels. This is an improvement over the 312 x 390 resolution of the Watch Series 3 and the new Watch Series 4 can now display 9 complications — up from the 4 complications in the Series 3. In the hands-on image, we see the following complications being displayed —
- Time (Analogue) & Date
- Countdown Timer (Top left)
- Weather (Top right)
- Ultraviolet Index (Bottom left)
- Sunrise Timer (Bottom right)
- Music (Centre left)
- Activity (Centre Right)
- Earth rotation/ Astronomy
The Apple Watch Series 4 is also expected to be powered by the new Apple S4 SoC along with an improved W3 chip for improved performance and battery life. On the software side, watchOS 5 will grace the new Watch Series 4. watchOS 5 was revealed during WWDC 2018 and features a new fitness app with automatic workout detection, a push-to-talk 'Walkie-Talkie' feature, interactive notifications, and podcast support. With watchOS 5, users can simply raise their wrist and start talking to Siri without needing to summon the assistant separately. Soon, universities are expected to allow integrating student IDs into the Wallet app, which will allow them to use their ID with watchOS 5.
The new Apple Watch Series 4 is expected to propel Apple as the leader in the wearables market according to famed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo as annual sales are expected to touch the 50 million mark. We'll be bringing you all the droolworthy news from Apple's September 12 event at the Steve Jobs Theatre so stay tuned.