September means something different to everyone. For some, it’s the start of football season. For others, it portends pumpkin-spice-everything. But for tech enthusiasts and app developers, the beginning of September means new products from Apple.
According to CNET and recent regulatory filings, this September we might see the introduction of the Apple Watch Series 4.
Web commentators are already guessing at what might be included in the Series 4. They’re predicting features like:
- A larger display
- More battery capacity
- A faster chip to load apps more quickly
- Solid state haptic feedback buttons to make the product more water resistant
Not exactly game changing. That is, unless you consider the capabilities launched with last year’s Series 3 watch.
Last year, Apple took the first steps to untethering its watch from the iPhone.
Prior versions of Apple watches required iPhone connectivity to work, but the Apple Series 3 included cellular LTE connectivity. This means that, while users still have to own an iPhone to run their Apple watch, the phone no longer has to be on their person to use the watch. Users can make calls, send texts, connect to Siri and leverage biometric sensor features without their phone nearby.
But the Series 3 had some problems. For example:
Storage –The software required to run many apps – e.g. iHeart Radio and MapMyRun – resides on the iPhone and there was not enough storage to hold all the code for a lot of apps on the watch, so some apps didn’t work while on LTE.
Battery Life – According to one reviewer with the Wall Street Journal, with the Series 3 watch: “You’re lucky if the battery allows you to roam on cellular for longer than half a day—especially if you’re making calls.”
Display Size – Let’s face it, the screen of the Apple watch – regardless of whether it’s the 38mm or 42mm option– is pretty small. And while Apple is the king of the clear, crisp display, the current size options preclude many users from leveraging their Apple Watch in the same way they do their iPhone.
But, if the commentators are correct, and we can expect a larger display, more storage, better battery life and improved usability features (e.g. enhanced water resistance), then the Series 4 changes begin to take on more relevance. These changes wouldn’t just fix many of the problems with the cellular version of the Series 3 watch, but they would also point us toward the Apple watch endgame: complete independence from the iPhone.
As a custom software and app development company, we’re excited to see how this evolution unfolds. We were one of the first to develop an app solely for use on the Apple watch – the five-star-rated OMM meditation app – and we’ve continued developing custom apps for use on both the iPhone and Apple watch ever since. For more information about Dev IQ’s approach to iOS app development, let’s connect, or click here to see how we worked with OMM to develop an app for the Apple Watch.
UX/UI Designer at Dev IQ, Men-at-Work fan, and 3D printing guru.