Apple Watch 2 Might Be Coming Next Month

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Apple Watch 2 Might Be Coming Next Month

Postby koimaster » August 10th 2016, 3:38pm

Last night KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo wrote a research note to investors in which he predicts that the first major update to the Apple Watch will be coming this year, as early as at next month's iPhone release event. It's been nearly two years since the Apple Watch was first unveiled at a special event in Cupertino, California – we were there live, with a first look at the limited demo units – and there's been little indication of where the Watch might be going since then.

The Apple Watch's product cycles are unlike any we've seen from Apple in recent memory. There was the initial announcement in September 2014 and then a lull until the Watch actually went on sale in April 2015. Since then, we've seen two overhauls of watchOS (the Apple Watch's operating system), the most recent of which should roll out in just a few weeks, and which totally changes many of the key interactions. This will be the first hardware update, save new straps and colors (including the Hermès collaboration).

According to Kuo, there will be two updates, one major(ish) and one minor. The major update won't change the form factor of the Watch, but will add a faster processor, GPS, a barometer, a thinner display, better waterproofing, and a larger battery to power the new gizmos. This will be dubbed the Apple Watch 2. The more minor update might see price changes or small processor upgrades to the existing models, which will retain the original names.

While details are still scarce, Kuo believes that LTE cellular technology will come to the Apple Watch in 2017, but that fans will likely have to wait until 2018 to see a major design update. ... 1cc48dd36b ... odels-kuo/


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