Apple is likely to replace the physical side buttons on the Apple Watch with strong state bottons that would not move up and down but rather be touch-sensitive, the media announced. The botton configuration on the wearable would continue as before with a botton and a digital crown arranged on one side of the gadget. But the new buttons will vibrate somewhat under the fingertip, utilizing the haptic effect Apple calls the Taptic Engine, Fast Company reported on friday. The digital crown would still physically rotate to navigate through content.
Citing a source with direct knowledge of Apple’s designs, the report said that the new buttons are expected to be announced this autumn or in the “2019 Watch.” There are a several advantages of the solide- state bottons By eleiminiating the opening required for a for a physical catch, they could make the Watch more water safe. Secondly they could also free up some design that could make way for a bigger battery.
Apple has reportedly also been working on using the top of the buttons as sensors to accumulate health related information, for example, heart rhythms. In past years, other Apple components, for example, MacBook trackpads and iPod control wheels have also gone from moving parts to solid-state technology.