Apple Watch 3 release date, specs rumors: Next-gen smartwatch to feature improved design, multifunction straps, Magnetic Wristband

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Rumors are rife that after the September launch of the redesigned Apple Watch Series 2, a next-generation wearable has seemingly been teased by the Cupertino-based tech giant recently.

According to 9to5Mac, some tech enthusiasts noted that the official website of the company apparently hinted at a previously unknown Apple Watch model dubbed “Apple Watch Victory.” This led to the belief that it could be either an upcoming new version or something else entirely.

Based on Apple Care plans for a few countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Apple lists the “Apple Watch Victory” under hardware coverage. However, if compared to the Canadian page, it appears to be just another moniker for the Apple Watch Nike+ model. The tagline “Victory” is also believed to be aligned with Nike’s iconic branding as it features the goddess of Victory.

If the touted Apple Watch 3 comes to fruition, it believed that the design will be developed to include a front-facing camera lens. The company allegedly filed a patent for the said feature which may be integrated on the top bezel. The device may also have a better battery, enhanced waterproofing, a traditional round design, new health sensors, Qi charging support, and possibly a less resilience on the iPhone.

When it comes to the strap, it is expected to follow the current Apple Watch Series 2 with variants supporting different lifestyles such as ceramic ones, as well as straps from Hermes and Nike. In addition, there may also be a new multifunction band and a “Magnetic Wristband” offering more capacities and allowing two sides of the straps to be connected.

A patent for the latter has been filed, hinting on additional protection along with the capability to double as a stand when the gadget is in Nightstand mode. The mechanism is designed to roll up behind the watch itself, which then allows it to be propped up on a flat surface.

The Apple Watch 3 is predicted to be unveiled sometime in September 2017. However, since there is no official announcement yet, available information should be taken with a grain of salt.