New 'trendy' Apple Watch design with 15% larger display coming this year, top Apple analyst reportedly predicts

  • Apple will launch the fourth iteration of its smartwatch this fall, according to an analyst report obtained by 9to5Mac.
  • It will have a 15 percent larger display, a "trendy" new design, and a longer-lasting battery, according to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who wrote his predictions in a note seen by 9to5Mac.
  • Apple moved to the top spot in the wearable device market for the first time in the fourth quarter, according to IDC.
A person uses an Apple Watch Series 3 at the Apple Omotesando store on September 22, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan.
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A person uses an Apple Watch Series 3 at the Apple Omotesando store on September 22, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan.

Apple will launch the fourth iteration of its smartwatch this fall, with a 15 percent larger display and "trendy" new design, according to an analyst report obtained by 9to5Mac.

The new version of the Apple Watch may also have a longer-lasting battery, according to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who wrote his predictions in a note seen by 9to5Mac. Kuo also predicted new health-monitoring sensors for the Watch, 9to5Mac said.

Apple's Series 3 smartwatch, announced in September, was the first to feature cellular connectivity, allowing users to access phone-like features without a handset nearby. That, among other features, moved Apple to the top spot in the wearable device market for the first time in the fourth quarter, according to IDC. A new form factor could provide a visible cue to new customers.

While Kuo is considered a top-performing Apple analyst, Apple rarely confirms any details of products prior to launches. The company didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on the report.

Read the full report on 9to5Mac.com

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