Last week, a well known Apple analyst at KGI Securites, Ming-Chi Kuo, surfaced with some reports on the upcoming Apple Watch 2. According to Kuo, the next-generation of Apple’s wearables will feature “hardware improvements, but no major design changes“. He also provided us with some alleged component supplies for the Apple Watch 2. However, another analyst at Drexel Hamilton, Brian White, thinks otherwise. Mr White claim that Cupertino company’s new wearable will go through 20% to 40% reduction in thickness as compared to its current model. Moreover, he also mentioned that we will be seeing an official unveiling of the Apple Watch 2 on the annual WWDC conference, scheduled to take place somewhere between June 13-17.
Even though many sources were pointing towards an unveiling in September, alongside the upcoming flagship smartphone, we have been hearing reports for a release in June too. Some recent set of events further support the recent claim by Bran White, for instance, a Cowen Company analyst, Timothy Arcury, has also been reporting that Apple will unveil its all new Watch 2 in “mid-to-late 2016“. In addition to that, Quanta Computer (a Taiwanese company which is manufacturing the current Apple Watch under license from the Cupertino company) is bound to deliver heavy shipments of the new wearable somewhere in between July and September. After analysing the aforementioned facts, we can safely speculate that the unveiling might actually take place on the WWDC conference, while it could take further two weeks to reach sale outlets.
Lets have a quick look at the current generation of Apple Watch. The wearable comes in two different size variants, 38mm with 1.34″ AMOLED capacitive display and 42mm with 1.54″ AMOLED capacitive display. Both of the devices come standard with Apple S1 chip, APL0778 CPU, PowerVR SGX543 GPU, 512MB RAM and 8GB internal storage (2GB available for music, 75MB for photos). These smartwatches are offered with various choices of bands including Silicon, Classic Buckle, Modern buckle Leather Loop and Stainless Steel Link. Other features include IPX7 certified for waterproofing, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Apple Pay support, Force Touch Sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, heart rate sensor and ambient light sensor. Now we’ll discuss some cons of the current generation Apple Watch. Needless to say, the gadgets are rather pricey. They feature 18h rated battery life which makes daily charging a necessity. They work only with an iPhone 5 or later and it will only sync music with your phone when it’s on a charger. Last but not the least, the screen isn’t always on, instead it relies on a wrist turn gesture.
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