Looks Like The Next Apple Watch Could Have Physical Buttons

Apple Watch to adopt solid state Side button and Digital Crown with Haptic Feedback

Apple Watch to adopt solid state Side button and Digital Crown with Haptic Feedback

Despite no new hardware launch at WWDC, a new report suggests that future Apple Watch will be updated with solid state buttons that don't physically click but can still act as buttons with Apple's own Taptic Engine mechanism that eventually gives a haptic feedback to users. 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.

Obvious improvements will be better water proofing as this will remove the physical gap between the Digital Crown and Watch housing. The solid-state controls also take up less space in the design, freeing up room for a bigger battery, the source said.

Behind the scenes, the Cupertino-based company has been looking at ways to use the top of buttons to provide an additional sensor to capture data, like heart rhythm, which benefit from more than one point of contact with the skin.

Now, it appears that Apple could implement solid-state buttons in an upcoming model of its Watch. Fast Company reports that Apple will replace the physical Side button and Digital Crown, in favor of touch-sensitive solid state buttons.

It is still unclear when Apple will release an Apple Watch model that has solid state buttons, however, the report expects that it could arrive as early as this year. Y'know, kinda like the Home button on new (ish) iPhones. Rather, specific areas on the side of the device would respond to finger touches.

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