Zac Hall, writing for 9to5Mac:
Reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has released a
new forecast on the next generation Apple Watch. According to
Kuo, the Apple Watch 3 will ship later this year with both LTE
and non-LTE models offered. Kuo also expects the next Apple Watch
will retain the same general design and not feature an obvious
new form factor.
Kuo specifies that the Apple Watch will continue to ship in two
size configurations: 38mm and 42mm cases.
KGI’s latest prediction comes 10 days after Bloomberg’s recent
report which first mentioned the new Apple Watch with Intel modems
for LTE connectivity. John Gruber at Daring Fireball later
hinted that the new model would feature a new form factor,
although he later backtracked on the timing of that claim.
I didn’t backtrack on the timing. I backtracked on the veracity of the source I heard this from. I wrote:
No mention in Businessweek’s report, though, of the all-new form
factor that I’ve heard is coming for this year’s new watches. That
tidbit came from an unconfirmed little birdie, though, so I
wouldn’t bet the house on it.
If Apple Watch 3 doesn’t look obviously new, I would say my source was wrong and probably lied to me. My source was talking about this year’s new watches, not next year’s. But it really was an unconfirmed little birdie.
It could also be that both my birdie and Kuo are correct: the phrase “will not feature an obvious new form factor” leaves a lot of wiggle room with the word “obvious”.
★ Wednesday, 16 August 2017