Apple Watch 3 likely to debut with iPhone 8

New watch to feature better battery life and enhanced performance

Apple Watch Series 2
The Apple Watch 3 could be released in September, a year after the previous edition, above.

Just today at lunch, a colleague slagged off Apple’s battery life. Admittedly that was on the iPhone, but its watch hasn’t particularly distinguished itself on this front either. The good news, then, is that the product’s next iteration, the Apple Watch 3, will boast a longer battery life.

But there doesn’t seem to be much else – although it appears the Watch 3 will only be released in September, the traditional launch period for the new iPhone.

The Cupertino-based giant is expected to unveil a category-redefining handset to celebrate its 10th anniversary this year. Although the original phone launched in January, Apple’s iPhone events are now being held in September. Whenever it does launch, the new iPhone 8 is expected to be bezel-free, feature a curved screen and incorporate wireless charging.

About the Apple Watch 3

But fanboys waiting for the iPhone 8 may have to dig deeper into their pockets to stay at the top of the Apple environment. In the first leak of this year, it emerged that Apple will also put out a new watch this year in the endless race to stay abreast of the market, according to a report today in the Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN).

The report said the Taiwanese company Quanta Computer, which manufactured the first- and second-generation Apple Watch products, has been tasked with improving battery life and general performance. The publication quoted insiders with knowledge of Quanta’s plans. However, in true Apple tradition, Quanta declined to comment on the report, calling it “market speculation”.

The claims point to a possible fall unveiling of the new wearable alongside this year’s iPhone 8, the website Macrumors said. The report falls in line with thinking that Apple scaled back features for the iPhone 7 so as to ensure its flagship anniversary product truly does impress. Pulling out all the stops for the iPhone 8 but keeping innovations to a minimum for other products will make the new phone that much more desirable, while budget-conscious fans have something new to console themselves with.

Earlier speculation around the Watch 3 expected a sharper screen, camera enhancements, the ability to make Facetime calls as well as a Taptic Engine motor.

Now? We’re not so sure.

While you wait, then, here’s a look at the Apple Watch OS3.