As we get closer to next Wednesday’s Apple Event, more details continue to leak out about the upcoming iPhone Xs lineup and the Apple Watch Series 4. Those products are expected to be the headliners at the event.
When 9to5Mac leaked the images of the Apple Watch Series 4, it had a huge number of complications on the watch face. I wrote a post saying it was simply too much information. But it seems now that the team over at 9to5Mac have backed their way into figuring out the new Series 4 screen resolution via Xcode and the latest WatchOS beta.
The current Series 3 has a screen resolution of 312 x 390 and, in fact, this has been the resolution back to the Series 1. But with the Series 4, 9to5Mac states that they believe that the resolution will be bumped up to 384 x 480. That is a big increase and would explain how Apple can get so many complications on the face. They used Xcode as well as the WatchOS Beta to come to this conclusion.
Keep in mind that Apple is expected to keep the same overall chassis size with the Apple Watch Series 4 as they have with the Series 3. That means that your current bands will work with this new watch. That also means that Apple is achieving this by making the physical screen in the watch larger. If you look at your Series 3, you will note that there is a black band around whatever information you are viewing. That’s actually area of the screen that is simply not used.
Now look again at the Series 4 leaked shot. Note that the complications go right to the edge of the screen. There isn’t any dead space so-to-speak as the complications go right to the rounded edge of the screen.
While this is great work by the 9to5Mac team to come up with this very plausible answer, until we get to next Wednesday, it won’t be a 100% known. But it makes sense.
And I still think the screen is too busy.