New Generation Apple Watch to sport haptic feedback based keys:- According to Fast Company, Apple will go with Taptic Engine based Solid State buttons on their new smartwatches. The Taptic Engine mimics a button press when no physical button is present. The Solid States buttons were introduced by Apple with iPhone 7.
Apple Watch will now come with Solid State Keys.
Initially, Apple Watch used to come with physical keys. Now with the trend change, Apple is going to use Solid State Keys on Watch itself. However, Apple will use the Digital Crown on the two button configuration. The configuration is present from the initial days of the Watch. But none of them are going to be a ‘physical’ button.
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In a post, Fast Company says:
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.)
Apple uses this technology on its MacBook’s trackpad, where physical keys are missing.
The solid-state keys tend to improve the water resistance capability and removing excessive space. Also, this helps in incorporating bigger batteries into the body. Also, Apple will adopt the design by 2018, according to Fast.
The buttons taps may also incorporate heart rate sensor, which will check heart rhythms from your fingers.
Also, By 2019, Apple may go with the no-button design, which will respond on touches and gestures. According to rumors, new Apple Watch will get a bigger display, nearly bezel-less design, longer battery life and much more.