The next generation of Apple Inc. ’s popular wrist piece, the Apple Watch, is expected to launch sometime this fall. This is according to a number of news sources and comments from those close to the tech company’s supply chain. The Apple Watch 2 is rumored to be making its debut as soon as mid-September, with some experts predicting it to be unveiled alongside the iPhone 7. Sources suggest the new device will boast a new appearance, be less dependent on the iPhone, and crammed with a number of new, distinct and useful features.
Apple Watch S
Sources haven’t settled on what the new wrist piece will be called yet. While earlier reports refer to that gadget as the Apple Watch 2, more recent news suggests that the next edition Apple Watch could be an S upgrade.
The rumor is backed by experts like Neil Cybart, who is a trusted reporter of the consumer tech entity’s ventures. Cybart is adamant that, instead of jumping to whole new product, “Apple is systematically going through the Apple Watch business to fix friction points that developed over the first year. All of this is being done to position the device for improved adoption and a valuation much greater than $10 billion.”
Macrumors.com claims the next edition Watch will come equipped with cellular capabilities. Its use should allow the device to handle video calls, according to the site. This particular piece of talk is getting less coverage, however, as authority site like Bloomberg report that Apple is having a difficult time eliminating the feature’s drawbacks.
For most devices, the display is the most demanding of battery life. It is followed closely by cellular capabilities and camera usage. Allowing the Apple Watch 2 to make calls might significantly kill the timepiece’s battery life. Video calls at that would require a camera as well, meaning apple would have to usher in massive enhancement the Watch’s battery tech in order to keep the device alive all day.
“[S]ources inside Apple Inc. have revealed the company is having trouble with battery life due to the power drain from cellular connectivity,” reports PC Advisor.
Built in camera?
In terms of the rumored camera, more reports suggest it will not feature on the device either. Earlier online talks spoke of a dual camera display but tech experts were quick to shut the idea down. A camera on the wrist-piece would require use up a lot of power. “[T] he interior will remain the same as the as the current model,” reports …. He claims the product will however have a speedier processor and a greater resistance to water.
Apple Inc. is noticeably adding a new durability element to its upcoming devices. Outlets have insisted that both the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch 2 are getting enhanced waterproofing. Both will be instilled with IP68 water resistance, which means the two products can be submerged in water for a round 30 minutes.
A round Apple Watch
Those who anticipate the next Watch from Apple Inc. to be a round device instead could be disappointed as well. There is little to support the rumor beyond fan site renderings and speculation. The concept isn’t at all far-fetched. Only giving in to a round design would make the Apple Watch look much like its leading rivals. Top smartwatch makers like Samsung and Huawei produce highly appealing wearable but stick to conventional watch appearances. More recent outlets insist that the Apple probably won’t do the same. The square-ish look of the Apple Watch is among the product’s distinguishing features.
Current steals on the original Apple Watch
If none of these upgrades sound great to you but you’d still like to own an Apple Watch, now might be a great time to pick up an original at a bargain price. Best Buy has them available at under $200. An upgraded iOS is coming soon which might add some cool bells and whistles to the “old” hardware.
The next Watch from Apple Inc. could be a rather mild upgrade, though online outlets tend to oversell expert comments. The more likely upgrades include some screen tech enhancement, a software upgrade and an independent GPS functions.