Apple Watch Series 3 could feature brand new form factor, coming along with new iPhones

Artistic mock-up of a round Apple Watch alongside the current form factor

Artistic mock-up of a round Apple Watch alongside the current form factor


We have just heard the big news about the Apple Watch: the new model, likely to be called Series 3, is expected to make its debut alongside the announcement of the three new iPhones in September. A massive scoop by Bloomberg also revealed that the new Series 3 Watch will support data connectivity on its own, so it will not need to be tethered to your iPhone to get updates.

But did you know that the new Apple Watch will also look different from the previous two? This is what Apple analyst and insider John Gruber says on his blog, citing an 'unconfirmed little birdie'. So yes, definitely take this with a grain of salt, but keep in mind that it's a possibility.

Does that mean we will finally get the round Apple Watch that many people have been wishing for? Or will it be a redesigned square model similar to what we have currently? There is no further information, so we can only guess, but we have earlier heard speculation about Apple considering the round form factor.

Summing up things about the new Apple Watch Series 3, it shapes up to be a device that will have a 4G LTE version and that should be able to send or receive texts and messages from social media in a way similar to an iPad, but it's not yet clear whether you'd be able to place and receive calls on the Apple Watch. Currently, calls are forwarded to Apple Watch from the iPhone and you can take a call on the Watch and speak to the built-in mic. You can also pair your wireless headphones like Apple's AirPods for a more discrete calling experience.

Apple was rumored to be getting ready an LTE Apple Watch late last year, but was allegedly stopped short in its plans due to power consumption issues.

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18 Comments

1. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

As a fan of the classic watch face, looks good if it's truth, but still needs to charge everyday...

16. willywanta

Posts: 499; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

It doesn't matter as long as we need only less than 1 hour to charge the watch

18. sgodsell

Posts: 6911; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The watch face needs to stay on all the time as well, like a number of other smart watches. Plus if it's round, then a lot of people on this site and many others have to eat some crow. Especially when a number of people were stating that a square watch was a better design and it makes a more functional smart watch. That was proven wrong with Samsung's Gear and the multitude of round Android Wear watches.

2. Mr.Pussy

Posts: 348; Member since: Feb 16, 2017

Damn! It got uglier. No thanks!

3. Victor.H

Posts: 1045; Member since: May 27, 2011

This is just an artistic render we used for illustration, it has nothing to do with a possible redesign by Apple.

5. IT-Engineer

Posts: 523; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

The golden word i your article's title is (could).... And we all know apple don't do radical design change.

4. Joulukas

Posts: 113; Member since: Jun 05, 2013

If they really did this, Apple watch would actually look good. It could allways f*** up with band and its attachemnt, but in generalopinion, this is a good direction to take.

6. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Not being able to make calls would be a deal breaker. Maybe series 4 would usher it in.

7. iheartcats unregistered

I hate circular smart watches. Absolutely horrendous. All of them. If apple did this I hope they fail and burn big time.

8. TerryD

Posts: 540; Member since: May 09, 2017

I doubt they'll make it circular, that'd be too mainstream. Apple can get away with making something ugly and over time your perception of it alters and it becomes acceptable. I suspect they might make it thinner and reduce the bezels but nothing like redesigning basic shape otherwise all the developers will have to have two version of their apps depending on the form factor.

10. lyndon420

Posts: 6521; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

All apple has to do is kill off support for the older versions...they know their fans will buy into round watches once it is put in front of them as an option. And those who paid over $10,000 for a dorky looking square will happily pay at least $15,000 for a round one.

9. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

But, but, but the Apple internet spinsters has been telling us for three years that round smart watches are dumb....

11. macawmatt

Posts: 133; Member since: Feb 20, 2012

Well, now Apple can claim they invented round watches too.

12. ColinW

Posts: 412; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

The rectangular Apple Watch is really ugly so a move to a more traditional watch shape is a good move. Apple will have to improve on this one though it is an improvement but still toy-like and not impressive

13. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

NO. DAMN. CIRCULAR. FACE. IT"S. SO. IMPRACTICAL.

17. TerryD

Posts: 540; Member since: May 09, 2017

The conventional watch is circular because the hands move in a circular motion. It makes sense. Digital watches tended to be more square because the time was displayed as a rectangle. Smart watches are displaying notifications, texts and other information which is more easily read on a rectangular/square screen. So it makes sense for it to be square, even if it does look a bit stupid.

14. Ozsikhs

Posts: 58; Member since: Sep 03, 2015

prefer square

15. Ozsikhs

Posts: 58; Member since: Sep 03, 2015

I wont upgrade to this

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