Report: Next Apple Watch to trade physical buttons for touch-sensitive ones

Report: Next Apple Watch to trade physical buttons for touch-sensitive ones
Apple's next smartwatch is likely to bring some design changes that will actually differentiate it from the previous models. Apparently, the Cupertino-based company plans to drop physical buttons in favor of touch-sensitive ones.

Fast Company reports that a source with knowledge of Apple's plans says that the next Watch will feature the same button configuration as the current model, but the new buttons will be based on haptic feedback, which means they will vibrate at the user's touch.

As with all things it uses, Apple has its own name for this technology – Taptic Engine. While the digital crown will still physically rotate to navigate through content, but the button press will be simulated by the so-called Taptic Engine.

The report also mentions that Apple might add these solid-state controls in the next Watch that's supposed to be unveiled this fall, but if not, they will surely be included in the 2019 model.

source: Fast Company

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6 Comments

1. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

Hopefully, while they are at it... Apple will build the next Apple Watch with a stronger Super-glue to keep the screen anchored down upon it.

2. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Stil don’t see the point of smartwatch, you have to bring the phone anyway. On top of it the dawn thing obsolete in few years and you close to nothing for it, $17k Apple 1 probably worth 500 now. I rather throw that much money in Bitcoin get better chance return.

3. kaintae

Posts: 98; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Why BTC though?

4. Vokilam

Posts: 1195; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

People that can throw $17000 into a smart watch, should take advise from you - you’re so much smarter.

5. NiteVibe

Posts: 10; Member since: Jan 26, 2018

Why do this?

6. Vokilam

Posts: 1195; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

less mechanical parts to break, maybe. they removed physical button on iphone 7/7+ and it worked out great when paired to haptic engine feedback. i read lots of people had home button stop working when devices get older - so this completely avoided the problem. not sure if physical click on apple watch had issues or not, but that sure wont be a problem in the future.

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