Apple Watch rumors clash over timetable for big design changes: not until next year?

This September, it will have been two years since Apple first announced the Apple Watch. And in the mobile-tech world, that’s more cause for a retirement party than a birthday party. The smartwatch’s age has been helping to fuel rumors of second-gen hardware, and while the idea that Apple’s cooking up a new wearable is an easy enough sell, sources have been butting head over the details: what changes will Apple make for its second-gen model, and when could we hope to see the new smartwatch launch? Just last week we looked at a report pointing to a substantially thinner Apple Watch making its debut at WWDC, but now a new analysis suggests that the new wearable will still look like the first-gen model, and wouldn’t be here until later in the year.

The analyst note says that a slimmed-down Apple Watch – along with any other design changes Apple might make – wouldn’t happen until sometime in 2017, and while we’ll likely see a new Apple Watch later this year, it will keep its upgrades internal, focusing on things like performance and battery life.

That conservative update may reflect Apple’s lack of confidence in the smartwatch market, with this analysis also suggesting that customers are still warming up to wearables, and that Apple could be seeing lower sales than other sources have estimated.

Even if this year only brings us a spec-boosted Apple Watch refresh, when could we hope to see it land? WWDC still sounds like a possibility, but this report again raises the possibility of a September announcement with the new Apple Watch sharing the spotlight with the iPhone 7. That still leaves an awful lot of possibilities in play, and for the moment we’re still not incredibly confident about any of these new Apple Watch estimates.

Source: Apple Insider

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