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What do you add to the smartwatch that has everything? An Apple Watch Series 6 wish list.


Will Apple Watch Series 6 get a svelte new look?
Will Apple Watch Series 6 get a svelte new look?
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Apple Watch is almost due for its annual hardware update, which comes like clockwork every September. First came the addition of GPS, then cellular, a thinner case with a bigger screen, a compass, and even an ECG heart monitor.

With each new model, Cupertino’s wearable creeps closer to perfection, which presents a bit of a problem. What do you add to the smartwatch that has everything?

Here’s my top 10 wish list of features I’m hoping Apple has up its sleeve.

Apple Watch Series 6 concept does away with bezels for truly edge-to-edge screen


Apple Watch Series 6 concept
Coming soon to a wrist near you?
Photo: Apple Watch Series 6

We’re still several months away from September’s likely unveiling of the next-gen Apple Watch. But a new concept video from the YouTube channel ConceptsiPhone provides a compelling glimpse at what a new Apple Watch could possibly be.

While it’s not dramatically different from the Apple Watch we’ve got currently, it does feature a stunning edge-to-edge display that brings it more in line with the newer iPhones and iPads. Besides, it’s got a cool video with dramatic music to get you psyched up for September. Check it out below:

COVID-19 could convince Apple to put pulse oximeter in Apple Watch


Apple Watch Series 5 LTPO screen
An Apple Watch pulse oximeter could potentially warn of COVID-19 infections.
Screenshot: Apple

Apple Watch Series 6 will be able to take blood-oxygen readings, according to an unconfirmed report. Word of this upcoming feature has leaked before — and COVID-19 makes adding it a bit more urgent.

The source for this rumor also claims the 2020 Apple Watch will usher in numerous other new features as well.

iMac redesign, cheaper HomePod, new Apple TV reportedly coming in 2020


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It's been almost eight years since the last iMac redesign.
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A redesigned iMac, a more affordable HomePod, and a powerful new Apple TV are just some of the products Apple has planned for 2020, according to one reliable reporter.

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman also revealed expectations for the 5G iPhone lineup, scheduled to launch this fall, and for a 14-inch MacBook Pro during a Twitter Q&A with followers on Tuesday.

Apple adds third company to exclusive list of iPhone manufacturers


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Foxconn doesn’t assemble every iPhone. And soon there’ll be another company putting together iOS handsets.
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Apple reportedly will expand the number of companies that can assemble iPhones. Luxshare Precision could join a rather exclusive club, according to reliable analyst, supposedly to reduce the risk that problems with one manufacturer will cause a shortage of iPhone units.

Apple Watch Series 6 could handle scuba diving


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Apple Watch is already swim-proof, but the next version could take that to new depths.
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It’s not exactly going out on a limb, but respected Apple expert Ming-Chi Kuo predicts next year’s Apple Watch Series 6 will be offer better performance than the current one, and include improved wireless speeds.  Still, with the launch about likely 10 months away, it’s not surprising that only a few vague generalities can be said about Apple’s next wearable.

What’s more interesting is a mention of enhanced water resistance that raises the possibility of taking this device to the bottom of the sea.

3 companies could take over Apple Watch production


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Your next Apple Watch could be made by Foxconn, who also assembles iPhone and iPad.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Apple Watch might go through a big change behind the scenes. Until now, this wearable has been assembled mostly by Quanta, but that’s reportedly going to change next year. No less than three companies are going to take on the job.