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Here’s What We Know About Apple’s Next Smartwatch

Apple has released a new smartwatch every year since 2015, and it’s expected that 2020 will be no exception to the trend.

And while last year’s Apple Watch saw new features such as a built-in compass and an always-activated display, the biggest update expected for Apple’s 2020 watch is support for sleep tracking.

The sleep tracking capabilities would help Apple catch up to rivals such as Fitbit and Samsung, which both feature sleep tracking in their smartwatch devices.

According to Bloomberg, which made reports of Apple testing the feature in early 2019, the global tech giant is now planning on integrating it into their 2020 smartwatch launch.

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It is unclear if the older smart watch versions will be updated with the sleep tracking technology or if it will just be available for the 2020 smart watch.

If the reports are true, the sleep tracking feature would mark a significant upgrade for the Apple Watch, that could further bolster the company’s stronghold in the smartwatch market.

Apple accounted for 47.9 per cent of the smartwatch market in the US as of the third quarter of 2019, according to Strategy Analytics.

Samsung followed behind Apple with 13.4 per cent of market share, with Fitbit account for 11.3 per cent.

The name for the upcoming Apple Smart Watch is expected to be the Apple Watch Series 6 – if Apple stays consistent with the branding it’s used since 2016.

The smart watch is expected to be released in September this year, as Apple typically debuts its latest Apple Watch alongside its revamped iPhones.

In recent years, Apple has unveiled its newest smart watch on stage during its autumn keynote and releases the device in stores in late September, roughly 10 days after the launch event.

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The new smart watch is also speculated to run on a new Apple processor and will offer faster performance.

As with previous launches, Apple typically introduces a new processor in each new model of the smart watch.

And TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who is a reputable and credible source for providing accurate predictions, also revealed he expects the next-generation Apple Watch to offer faster performance, according to MacRumors.

The wireless transmission speeds are also set to be faster on the next Apple Watch, according to Kuo, which may indicate a boost in Wi-Fi and cellular performance.

Also set to be in the making is Apple’s next smart watch to have improved water resistance qualities.

While you can already go swimming with the Apple Watch Series 2 and later models, Kuo suggests Apple’s next-gen smartwatch will have improved water resistance than current models on the market.

Kuo doesn’t offer any specifics in his suggestions, however.

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The upcoming smartwatch is also set to run on the newest software from Apple, which is also a consistent trend from Apple’s previous launches.

The company is also known to unveil details of its newest Apple Watch operating system in June at its Worldwide Developers Conference, so it’s also expected that the operating system details of the next-gen smartwatch will be revealed around winter this year.

Just last year, Apple added new health-oriented features such as female menstruation tracking apps and apps to monitor activity trends over time.

It also made it possible to download new apps directly from the watch rather than users having to transmit them from their phones.

Apple has made no official comments on the details mentioned in this article.

(AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

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