The Apple Watch certainly wasn’t the first smartwatch on the market, but since it hit the shelves in April 2015, it has become the top selling model. Like so many other Apple products, the Apple Watch’s elegant design, great apps, intuitive usability, and of course the hype built from Apple’s quasi-religious brand image, had many gadget lovers giddy with excitement. That’s not to say that there weren’t a few drawbacks and limitations to the device, such as its total dependency on the iPhone, as you might expect from the first iteration of a new product.
Now, though, the rumor mill is beginning to turn with people speculating on the details of the Apple Watch 2’s launch, features, and how these features will improve on the original. Let’s take a look at just a few of the things we could expect from the hotly anticipated gadget.
Release and Cost
As always with Apple, the actual release date of the Apple Watch 2 is the source of excitable speculation. The release date is now expected to be announced at the annual WWDC event in June, possibly to be rolled out alongside the iPhone 7 in September. At Apple’s launch event on March 21st this year, originally thought to be the announcement date, only new wristbands were unveiled, as well as a basic price drop to $299 intended to compete with Android watches on price. It’s still unclear whether the Apple Watch 2 will follow this price point, or price itself above its predecessor. However, it would be reasonable to expect private sellers to be offering cheaper deals on online marketplaces such as Chrono24, in attempt to cash in on the launch.
The design of the second generation Apple Watch isn’t expected to change too drastically, but is reported to be 40% thinner than the original. This slimming down would certainly be in keeping with design trends for other Apple products, which often become thinner with each new model: the iMac, iPhone and Macbook Air ranges have all gone in this direction in recent times. Particularly for a smartwatch, this development is certainly welcome, and should make the Apple Watch 2 a joy to wear.
Another feature strongly tipped to be included is a camera, enabling you to make FaceTime calls. The clear advantage of this would be the simple convenience of FaceTime calls on your wrist, so you can easily communicate on the move. What is still unclear, however, is whether this functionality would require the presence of an iPhone, which would diminish the convenience slightly. That being said, most people tend to have their phones with them nearly all the time anyway, so it would still be a very useful feature.
This possibility is particularly exciting, and could very well be a key feature for the new Apple Watch. Smartphones, like certain models in the Samsung Galaxy and Sony Xperia ranges, have experienced great success with water and dust-resistant technology – an area that the iPhone will surely be looking to catch up on. It makes even more sense with a smartwatch, however, seeing as most decent ordinary watches are at least water-resistant up to a certain depth. If this capability is included, which looks likely, the benefits would be great not only for the occasional spillage, but also for lovers of the great outdoors, who would then be able to trust their Apple Watch in the elements.