According to a new report from Digitimes, shipments of the the “Apple Watch Series 3” will start in the second half of 2017. The new device will also sport a different kind of touchscreen technology.
A different technology
TPK Holdings has supplied the touchscreens for the watch since the device hit the market in 2015. Starting with Series 2, Apple moved to touch-on-lens technology. But because of poor yield rates, the company is apparently bowing out for the next watch model.
In its place, Apple will reportedly rely on a glass-film solution from either General Interface Solution or Biel Crystal Manufactory. There’s no word whether changing touchscreen technology will provide any noticeable benefits for users.
Not much else is known about the next-generation Apple Watch. It is expected to feature better battery technology and other internal improvements while not sporting any design changes. Other possible additions include an LTE chip for cellular connectivity and a microLED screen that uses significantly less power.
The device will likely hit shelves sometime this fall. If Apple hold to a similar release schedule, the watch could be unveiled along with the “iPhone 8.”
At Apple’s rumored event next month to unveil a new iPad models, we could see a number of new official watch bandsoptions for all Apple Watches.