Apple unveiled the Apple Watch Series 2 eighteen months after the debut of the first generation device. It seems we won’t have to wait nearly as long for the third generation Apple Watch.
According to a new report from Chinese site Economic Daily, the Apple Watch Series 3 is expected to debut later this fall. Digitimes is also reporting that Quanta, Apple’s manufacturing partner for the Apple Watch, will return again to manufacture the next generation wearable.
The report also mentions that Apple will let its second manufacturing partner, Compal, handle making the older generation Apple Watches.
Apple first introduced the Apple Watch in the fall 2014, making the wearable available in April 2015. That means we’ve had the same design for three years. It seems about time for Apple to make a redesign, but we’re in uncharted territory. Apple has opted to take a measured approached with the Apple Watch’s design, instead relying on performance improvements and minor tweaks (like waterproofing) in newer versions.
The Apple Watch Series 3 is expected to receive new features like cellular connectivity and a faster processor.
It’s unclear at this point if the Apple Watch Series 3 will be a complete redesign. We also don’t know if Apple will debut the new watch alongside its highly anticipated iPhone 8.
It’s still too early to confirm whether or not Apple is indeed producing its third generation Apple Watch with an anticipated release in the fall.