This button will be similar to the solid-state buttons found on iPhone home buttons.
According to a report by Fast Company, the next-generation Apple Watch will be doing away with the mechanical buttons.
The Cupertino-based company is reportedly planning to replace the mechanical buttons found on the right side of the watches to touch-sensitive ones. The report claims that the information is from a source with direct knowledge of Apple’s plans.
Having the solid-state buttons will make the watches more resistant to water. This is because the opening required for the movable part will now be eliminated. Without the mechanical buttons as well, there will be more space internally for a larger battery.
The next-gen Apple Watch will retain the design of the current models, as in having the Digital Crown and side button. However, neither of them will click as before. Instead, they will adopt a haptic feedback approach, very similar to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8.
Apple is also reportedly working on making the top buttons as sensors to gather health-related data. Currently, the heart rate sensor at the back of the watch works by direct skin contact. Having an additional sensor can make the readings more accurate and reliable.
It is not clear whether this improved design will be applied to the Apple Watches set to launch this year. If they don’t make a debut this September, expect to see them next year.
Fast Company also reports that this switch to solid-state buttons will pave the way to a completely button-less Apple Watch. This is part of the company’s “long-held desire” of streamlining the physical features of all its devices.
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