Being able to make calls on your Apple Watch. Is that a feature users would enjoy? Well, Apple Inc. thinks you would. The U.S. tech firm is expected to put some cellular capabilities on the Watch 2. Thought to come out this fall, the electronic timepiece also promises to come with a new display and a camera for selfies and video calls. Yes, it is all rumor and expert gossip until the firm actually unveils the device, but it gives tech fans something to gawk at while they await Apple’s fall season.
The Watch 2 is expected to launch in September. Analysts are sure it will be unveiled along with the upcoming iPhone 7. The first generation of the watch was rolled out last year, and Apple is alleged to be making some pretty decent upgrades to the wrist gadget.
Apple launches 2nd Watch this Fall
Expected on the Apple Watch 2 are the following items. Note again that these are only derived from the latest hot talks about the device. The features in question have had no official comment from Apple Inc. and probably won’t for around 2 months. In fact, how successful the device really is remains undisclosed to the public. The company claims that revealing the details of its market performance would only assist rivals.
Apple is expected to make the Watch 2 a lot more durable than its predecessor. This is the rumour surrounding most of the U.S. company’s new devices right now. Though recognized as a premium brand, Apple gadgets are not exactly loved for their strengths and long-lasting traits.
In fact, one of the more prominent complains looming over the first Watch is that it feels (and actually is) very delicate. Users feels as though they have to constantly mind not bumping the timepiece against hard surfaces or expose the device to water. The very same can be said for the iPhone range, which is long overdue for some real quality assurance.
Bearing this, both the Apple Watch and and iPhone 7 are expected to have some advanced waterproofing. The rumored intensity is IP68, which allows the devices to be submerged in water for around 30 minutes before you need to start worrying about them. It is a definite step up from what fans expect from Apple and certainly a step forward away from the ill-excused fragility of Apple devices.
Calling on your Watch?
Combine the above feature, this one might allow you to make underwater video calls! Cellular capabilitiers are also said to be instilled in your Watch 2. This is among the latest and most contested ideas. The feature isn’t at all bad. Texting, calling, and video calls from your Apple Watch seems like a great convenience. However, would it really be that simple?
The obvious downside is the how call features would drain the battery. So, if these features are instilled in the new watch, users can’t really expect much of a battery upgrade as well. In smartphones, cellular capabilities are perhaps the biggest killer of battery life. They are outdone only by the handset’s display.
Another reiterater of the cellular features that might be in the new Watch is the camera that might feature on the device. Sources seem to be torn between the extent of the camera’s use though. Some insist that is merely for selfies while others are sure that it will be offer video call as well. The problem with the latter is the already mentioned battery killing factor it would place on the device. A camera (some sources even speak of a dual-cam setup) alone would be taxing enough for the watch. Add constant high-usage to the device and you’d be lucky to get a day’s usage out of it.
The biggest change to the Apple Watch is expected to be its screen. The next generation of the device is expected to come with a microLED display. This would make the Watch 2 completely unrivaled in the wearable tech space. MircoLED not only requires less power, it offers better visuals and faster responses. Adding this alone would make the new Apple Watch a tough wearable to outdo.
The next-gen Watch 2 is expect to drop this September. Its WatchOS 3 is in its second beta form and nearing completion. Apple Inc. is expected to make its announcement in the next few weeks.