Rumor has it that the Apple Watch 4 has an edge-to-edge view, and that means it fits more complications and app content on the small dial.
Today we have a better idea of the solution of the new Apple Watch 4 and examples of what the larger screen real estate will do for us, thanks to 9to5mac which digs into a watchOS 5 developer code.
The new resolution is probably 384 x 480 on the larger 42 mm Apple Watch 4. That is a significant jump from the 312 x 390 resolution on the 42 mm Apple Watch 3. This supports the theory that the Apple Watch 4 screen 15% larger will be the watch of last year.
Do you want another visual example? The Apple Watch height has always been greater than the width. If these numbers are correct, the new height of 384 pixels would be almost equal to the old width at 390.
Of course, these calculations all depend on the exact pixels per inch number, and 9to5mac suspects that it will be 345ppi from the previous watch at 326ppi. This number really depends on how close Apple wraps its OLED screen pixels.
What does this mean for you?
The Apple Watch 4 screen from edge to edge is ready to be the biggest visual change for the iPhone-compatible smartwatch since Original Watch was launched in 2015.
Do not worry. A strongly increased resolution does not automatically mean a much larger watch on your wrist. It is more likely that Apple is away with an unnecessary black border around the watch circumference.
Apple Watch 4 touch screen targets will be bigger (a big reason why we always recommend the larger 42 mm watch than the 38 mm version) and app developers can post more attractive content.
For example, the Apple Watch weather app is filled with small icons compared to the more visually appealing weather app on the larger screen of the Samsung Galaxy Watch. That can change if Apple increases the viewing resolution.
Apple dials also need to be able to fit more complications on one face. This is what we see from the leaked Apple Watch 4 photo:
- Hours, minutes and second hand
- Day of the week and the date
- Your next calendar appointment
- Current temperature, as well as the highlights of the day and lows
- UV index metrics
- Sunrise and sunset times
- Apple Music shortcut (with progress bar for rounds)
- Hotkey activity (with your progress of the activity ring)
- Rotating planet earth (which you can probably turn yourself)
All these complications on one dial appear to be exaggerated on marketing. But it seems Apple's blunt way to show that Apple Watch 4 gets the same treatment without frame as the iPhone X.
We know how accurate these numbers are on Wednesday, September 12, when the launch event of the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max takes place at the Steve Jobs Theater.