Despite technically being announced more than a year ago, the industry-disruptive Apple Watch only went on sale this past April, so the chances of seeing a sequel unveiled alongside new iPhones and iPads in 2015 were always slim.
Of course, we’re talking about previously uncharted territory here, and since the iOS-compatible wearable was criticized by many for its somewhat cumbersome design, total reliance on iPhones, and extravagant prices, it wouldn’t have been completely surprising to see Cupertino shorten the typical 12-month upgrade cycle.
Instead, the Tim Cook-supervised colossus may actually stretch the waiting for an Apple Watch 2, which technology and financial analysts say might not break cover before mid-2016. According to Cowen and Company Managing Director Timothy Arcuri, Apple is exploring different ways to simultaneously slim down its rookie smartwatch effort and improve battery endurance.
As you can imagine, that takes time and, although it sounds like the first draft of a “Mission: Impossible 6” script, it’s good to keep in mind just how slender iPhones are, yet at the same time long-lasting, mainly thanks to software optimizations.
It’s never wise to hazard a very precise timeline guess so early in a gadget’s development process, so to be on the safe side, Arcuri claims a “late 2016” commercial bow is also possible. Nonetheless, Apple Watches are tipped to reach 45 million unit sales next year, after likely posting 18 mil in 2015.
Both predictions feel a little too optimistic, given IDC recently forecasted just under 14 million shipments for the original model by the end of this year. Meanwhile, Cowen and Company expects iPhone box-office numbers to top 40 million for the September quarter, and make the “mid-70 million range” between October and December, the latter figure fitting prophecies from other sources.
Source: Apple Insider