Apple Watch Series 4 and watchOS 5 rumors: Everything you need to know

Apple Watch Series 4 and watchOS 5 rumors: Everything you need to know

April 16, 2018 0 By admin

Updated 04/16/18: 9to5Mac is reporting of a hint in the latest watchOS beta that may point to third-party watch faces, but we’re skeptical.

Apple has released a new version of the Apple Watch every year since its debut in 2015, and the company seems to show no signs of slowing down. Here we have compiled all the latest rumors, leaks, and reasonably well-informed speculation about Apple Watch Series 4 and the watchOS 5 OS that should come along with it.

We expect them both to be released sometime in the fall of 2018.

The latest: Third-party watch faces may be on the way

We’ve heard this rumor a few times over the last couple years. Everybody wants app developers to be able to create custom watch faces, as they can on competing smartwatch platforms. Apple has held fast, allowing only Complications to be used in its own built-in watch faces.

9to5Mac is reporting on some code found in the latest best of watchOS 4.3.1 that may hint at custom third-party watch faces in a future version of watchOS. The green log message, “This is where 3rd party face config bundle generation would happen,” is what has fueled speculation.


Does the green comment mean third-party watch faces are coming?

Plausible? Don’t get too excited just yet. As Steve Troughton-Smith pointed out on Twitter, developers have been able to bundle “watch configurations” with their custom complications for some time. These aren’t new watch faces, just a way to show their app’s watch complications in different configurations using existing watch faces.

It’s hard to get too excited about the verbiage of that one little green log message, when it could just as well refer to that. We find it hard to believe actual third-party watch faces would be implemented in this place, and in this way. Of course, that doesn’t mean third-party watch faces are not coming, just that this one reference may not be the proof we’re looking for. (And even if they do arrive, consider that Apple may only allow faces through limited partners like Nike or Hermès.)

Series 4 to have slightly larger display, longer battery, better health tracking

This rumor was reported on March 27, 2018.

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