Apple is planning to improve this year’s smartwatch by putting in a new and better screen along with an updated ultra-wideband support. As per a report from Bloomberg, Apple is not likely to add temperature sensors this year, as rumored earlier, rather it will be seen in 2022. The blood-sugar sensor, which would help diabetics monitor their glucose levels, is unlikely to be ready for commercial launch for several more years.
As for this year, a model, not unlike Apple’s Series 7 watch, is likely to debut with a faster processor, improved wireless connectivity, and an updated screen. Apple has also tested thinner display borders and a new lamination technique that brings the display closer to the front cover. This will in turn make the watch a little thicker but it will not be noticeable to the end-user.
The ultra-wideband functionality, which is based on the same technology as the Apple AirTag, will also be featured and the watch will come with watchOS which made its debut earlier this month at WWDC.
Apple is also reportedly planning a successor to last year’s more affordable Apple Watch SE, as well as a new extreme sports-focused model, due for release in 2022. As per the people with the knowledge, the extreme sports edition was supposed to be launched this year but due to unforeseen circumstances, it is likely to be released next year. That new model would help Apple compete with rugged offerings from players like Garmin Ltd. and Casio Computer Co.
Temperature sensors have become an important part of smartwatches, owing to COVID-19, users now expect such gadgets. Adding such technology will give Apple an opportunity to tackle its competitors like Alphabet Inc.-owned Fitbit. Blood sugar monitoring has been long in the works at Apple and would be a feature thus far unrivaled by competitors.
Since the launch of Apple in 2015, it has grown into a key part of Apple’s product portfolio and contributes a significant amount to Apple’s revenue. Apple’s broader wearables, home, and accessories category generate more than $30 billion last fiscal year.