Futuristic versions of the Apple Watch Series 4, 5, 6 etc., will reportedly be updated with solid state buttons that don’t physically click but instead use a Taptic Engine to provide haptic feedback to wearers. Here are the details on it.
According to a report from Fast Company, Apple will somewhat continue to use a two button configuration with a Digital Crown and a side button, but the button neither be is a traditional physical button.
Apple will stick with the Watch’s current button configuration, with a button and a digital crown situated on one side of the device, but neither will physically click as before. Rather than reacting to the user’s touch by physically moving back and forth, the new buttons will vibrate slightly under the fingertip, using the haptic effect Apple calls the Taptic Engine. (The digital crown will still physically rotate to navigate through content.)
The reporting Fast Company also describing that the same solid state button design Apple first introduced with the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus Home button. These devices, and later iPhones with a Home button, use solid state buttons which provide haptic feedback from the built-in Taptic Engine to mimic a button press.
So that Apple uses a similar aforementioned methodology for its MacBook and MacBook Pro trackpads, that also lack physical buttons.
Solid state buttons, what exactly they provide?
Buttons in solid state will improve water resistance in the Apple Watch and will also take up less space, leaving more room for a bigger battery or other components. The same source also alleges Apple is working on using the top of the buttons as sensors to gather health-related data like rhythms as some types of measurements require more than one point to contact with a users’ skin.
Accordingly, the Apple Watch could adopt solid state buttons as early as 2018, but again, if the feature doesn’t make it into the 2018 Apple Watch Series, solid state buttons will likely be introduced in 2019 Apple Watch models.
In the future, that too, beyond 2019 – Apple is also said to be working towards a watch wearable that has no buttons at all, with the sides of the device designed to respond to touch and swipe-based gestures.
Rumors on 2018 Apple watch previously have made no mention of solid state buttons, but we have heard that the fourth-generation Apple Watch Series could feature a display that’s 15% larger, perhaps through a reduction in bezel size. New models are also said to feature a longer battery life and improved health monitoring capabilities.
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