Apple Watch 2 is rumoured to have a faster TSMC built processor and features like GPS and a barometer (Image for representation)
Apple Watch 2 will launch in two versions in 2016, and both of them will feature some improvements over the first generation device. The report comes from KGI Securities’ well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who issued a new note to investors with a detailed timeline for Apple watches in the coming six months. According to Kuo, Apple is planning to launch two new smartwatches in 2016.
According to reports on MacRumors and AppleInsider, the Apple Watch 2 will have a faster TSMC built processor, features like GPS, greater waterproofing, higher capacity battery and a barometer. The size of the device is not expected to be slimmer though, claims the note. He also believes the second generation Apple Watch will retain the screen size from the original Apple Watch, although it will adopt a thinner display technology, and also have the same overall form factor as the earlier one. Earlier rumours had claimed Apple Watch 2 will come with LTE support, thus freeing its dependence on the iPhone, but according to Kuo, this cellular connectivity update will not be possible till 2017.
Interestingly Kuo also expected an updated version of the Apple Watch, which will also launch in the second half of 2016, but it wont have features like barometer and GPS in the Apple Watch. Kuo also expects a price cut for the current device once the new models are launched.
According to a recent report, Apple Watch could come with micro LED panel in size ranges from 1 micron to 100 micron. These have a production cost higher than that of OLED panels, and the use of such panels could mean a slimmer and more battery efficient device. Now Kuo is hinting any significant upgrades will to the Apple Watch will take place later, possibily after 2017.
Since Apple is trying to push the Apple Watch and the iPhone sales together, the updated variants might see the light of day near the launch of the iPhone 7, which is rumoured to launch on September 16. Kuo does not expect the Apple Watch to change its design factor until 2017. Significant design changes in the lineup can be expected to arrive in 2018.
Apple Watch remains the top selling smartwatch in the world, according to data from IDC. In fact so strong is Apple’s dominance of the smartwatch market, that a drop in sales of the Apple device, results in a poor quarter for the entire segment. According to IDC data, Apple shipped 1.6 million watches in Q2 of 2016, which is the first time that shipments have dropped for the company. “Apple still maintains a significant lead in the market and unfortunately a decline for Apple leads to a decline in the entire market. Every vendor faces similar challenges related to fashion and functionality, and though we expect improvements next year, growth in the remainder of 2016 will likely be muted,” said Jitesh Ubrani, senior research analyst for IDC Mobile Device Trackers.
We’ll have to wait and see when the Apple Watch is launched in 2016.