Apple Watch 2 likely coming with GPS in tow this year, iterative upgrade also expected
Both the watchOS and Android Wear platforms look set to receive extensive bundles of new features this fall, but in lack of fresh and exciting hardware to go along with them, the software updates probably won’t be enough to revitalize a young market already stuck in a rut.
Google and Apple need their wrist-worn late 2016 releases to present compelling use cases, no longer feeling like tiny smartphones or glorified pedometers. Unfortunately, the almost never-failing Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities believes standalone LTE connectivity will only arrive to the Apple Watch next year, while FDA approval and improved health applications could take until 2018 to come through.
The financial analyst instead expects this year’s so-called Apple Watch 2 to sport its own GPS radio, barometer, and a “higher capacity” battery that may however not be able to deliver superior running times due to the aforementioned tweaks.
Tipped to “share the same general design as current models”, and fail to pursue Cupertino’s typical “generational device slimming” strategy, the full-on “iWatch” upgrade might be accompanied to stores in a month or two by an even subtler revision of the original version.
The Apple Watch… S (?) should pick up a 16nm-based TSMC-made processor, enhance waterproofing, and otherwise, look virtually identical to its spring 2015-launched predecessor. Overall, these rumored second-gen Apple Watches are hardly game-changing, at least on paper, and at least for now.
Source: Apple Insider