Apple Watch Series 3 will be a significant upgrade thanks to LTE connectivity, which will allow you to use apps and receive notifications without being tethered to your iPhone over Bluetooth.
But one reliable analyst warns that the new model will look exactly the same as its predecessors.
Apple Watch hasn’t changed aesthetically since it was first introduced in 2015. The latest models offer nice improvements — like better battery life, brighter displays, and significantly faster processors — but you can’t tell them apart from the original at first glance.
That’s going to be the same for Series 3, according to trusted KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. There will be no “obvious change” to the design of the device, which will leave LTE connectivity as its main selling point.
Apple will offer non-LTE versions at more affordable prices, however. It’s unclear whether those models will be Series 3 devices, or whether Apple will continue to offer Series 2 alongside its successor for those who do not require LTE.
Bloomberg was first to report that Apple Watch would get cellular connectivity earlier this month. It is believed Apple is working with carriers to offer add-on cellular service for the device that might come bundled with their iPhone plan.
Kuo insists Apple will need to make more significant changes in the future to retain strong demand for Apple Watch. He believes the device needs a significant change in form factor, FDA approval for more advanced health applications, and 5G to boost growth.