Our clearest look yet at the Apple Watch Series 4

Over the past few months, the Apple Watch Series 4 has been subject to numerous leaks. We've learned that Apple's next smartwatch is likely going to feature a bigger screen with thinner bezels all around, solid-state controls, and improved battery life, among other things. These rumors has been backed by numerous report, an alleged press image of the Apple Watch Series 4, and now – a photo of the front panel of the new Apple Watch.

With all of this information on our hands, we decided to take a closer look at the Apple Watch Series 4 and how it's going to differ from previous models. Will it be different enough? Will it be better and how? Let's have a look.

Bigger screen with a higher resolution, thinner bezels all around

The Apple Watch Series 4 will have about 15 percent more screen real estate than previous models and boast thin bezels with rounded corners, in the style of the iPhone X. But aside from the increased display area, the resolution of the Apple Watch Series 4 is also expected to see a bump – from the current 312 x 390, up to 384 x 480. This is confirmed by recently uncovered code in the watchOS beta 5, which mentions a density of 345 pixels per inch (up from the current 303ppi).

This means higher resolution images on the slightly bigger display, but it also means that many apps may have to go through rather serious interface changes to accommodate for the change.

Solid-state controls, improved battery life and waterproofing

The Apple Watch Series 4 will likely have solid-state controls that are more receded into the frame

The recently-leaked press render of the Apple Watch Series 4 offers interesting insight about the device's hardware controls – the Digital Crown and the Side button. The crown seems to be more deeply embedded into the body of the watch and its opening seems to be of a different shape. Aside from this, the Side button looks quite a bit flatter and less clicky, if that makes any sense. This actually isn't a solely a design change, but rather the result of Apple moving onto solid-state controls for the Apple Watch Series 4.

Solid-state means that the button doesn't actually press in, but the feeling of pressing it is simulated by Apple's Taptic Engine, much like it is with the home buttons on iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models. As for the Crown, it still physically rotates (thankfully), but the physical gap between it and the device's housing has been eliminated, thus allowing for better, more reliable waterproofing.

The lack of moving parts likely means more room inside the watch, which is needed to accommodate for the larger screen, and the bigger battery that will reportedly power the new Apple Watch.

Compatible with current Apple Watch bands

All current Apple Watch bands and straps will be compatible with the new version. This likely means that the Apple Watch Series 4 will be available in two sizes — 38mm and 42mm — much like the older models. There were rumors earlier in the year claiming that Apple may introduce an even bigger timepiece in 2018, and though this isn't completely out of the question, it's pretty much certain at this point that it will also be available in 38mm and 42mm.

This is good news for everyone who's looking to upgrade to the Apple Watch Series 4, but wants to hold on to their current straps. That's especially important, considering Apple's official bands are not the cheapest around.

On the other hand, this also likely means no smart straps. Apple was rumored to be looking into smart bands for its future wearables, and was even granted a number of patents, but it seems like this idea won't materialize in 2018. Smart straps could, for example, be used to house different hardware components, such as a secondary battery or a camera, that would add new features to the Apple Watch, without increasing its size. Unfortunately, as this would require special connectors on the device itself, the Apple Watch Series 4 may miss out on this innovative feature. Next year, however, we may finally see the idea come to fruition.

READ MORE: Apple Watch Series 4 rumor review 

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1. Papa_Ji

Posts: 838; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

The best looking toy watch for girls and kids.... Galaxy for males.

2. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

The number one smartwatch in the market in terms of sales and profit. Butthurt!!! Enjoy your round digital watch cause its displays sucks. Im excited to get one of this series 4, 44mm for my wrist.

13. Papa_Ji

Posts: 838; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Again a **** iDumb comment.. 'The number one smartwatch in the market in terms of sales and profit.' What I have to do with sales no. and profit.... A end user (consumer) wants the overall best product with features, style and durability.

14. apple-rulz

Posts: 2026; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Nobody but a handful of the most rabid Samsung fans will buy a Samsung watch. The Apple watch outsells all others because the Apple watch is the product with the best overall features, style and durability. The market has spoken.

10. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Don't cry... I can hear it.

6. ssallen

Posts: 175; Member since: Oct 06, 2017

Man, that square display is just butt ugly. And why is Apple so in love with magenta?

7. apple-rulz

Posts: 2026; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Man, that square display has you so butthurt. It's probably best if you stay off of phonearena for a few days.

9. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I would prefer a round display, but for the most part, I haven't seen a smartwatch that I felt compelled to buy thus far. So let's just hope that Apple keeps pushing this product until it becomes an essential peripheral rather than some nitch accessory.

15. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Round display for smartwatch is fuggly. Why not buy a round tv and smartphones too. Stupid!

16. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

The physical look of a watch face is subjective, so stop behaving like a tool because we don't all conform to your idea of the only acceptable design.

18. Papa_Ji

Posts: 838; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Why don't you put square Tyres in your bike and car. Stupid. Why don't you put TV on you wrist... Both are square/rectangular.

8. zackh121556

Posts: 132; Member since: Feb 01, 2012

was really hoping they would move to a round display....ill wait....

11. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Rounded displays in smart watches are for phycos.

12. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

So then you want a round display then?

17. OneLove123

Posts: 972; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Like my watch round like my Rolly!!

19. power21

Posts: 80; Member since: Jul 15, 2015

it looks nice.

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