Purported Apple Watch 2 parts suggest battery could be amped up without overall bulk increase
The original Apple Watch is already relatively slim and lightweight, at 10.5mm and as little as 25 grams with no strap counted in, but knowing Cupertino’s soft spot for progressively thinner designs, an uber-slender second-gen iOS-compatible wearable always felt like a safe bet.
Yet everyone can probably agree the greatest weakness of last year’s “iWatch” was meager battery life, an issue that’s bound to be aggravated by a prospectively skinnier build, not to mention the near-certain addition of GPS support to the Apple Watch 2’s bag of tricks.
Only one practical way to solve this pickle, and by the looks of things, the battery will indeed grow in size as the display shrinks. You may not even lose any precious screen real estate, with component leaks (sketchy but fairly reliable) previewing a thinner OLED panel (2.86mm, tops, compared to 3.75 for the OG), and thicker cell, at 5.1 millimeters, up from just 3.95 back in 2015.
It’s believed, though far from confirmed, that a 42mm Apple Watch 2 could accommodate a 334mAh juicer, which would represent a massive 35.7 percent increase in capacity over the 246mAh battery of a similar first-gen variant. All with little to no device bulk upsurge, given the ultra-slim profile of the new Force Touch-capable screen. Sounds almost too sweet to be true, and until Apple validates it tomorrow, it should be treated accordingly.