Rumors have circulated this week that the Apple Watch 2 maybe 20 to 40 percent thinner than the current generation after Wall Street analyst Brian White finished up his tours into the electronic factories in Asia that manufacture the wearable.
In research notes released via MacRumours, Whyte predicts that the Apple Watch 2 will be significantly thinner than the outgoing model. The first-gen Apple Watch’s thickness is 10.5mm and 10mm for the 38mm and 42mm versions, respectively. This compares favorably to its competitors, with the HUAWEI Watch coming in at 11.3mm, the Moto 360 2nd gen coming in at 11.4mm, and the Fossil Q-Founder coming in at 13mm.
Shaving 2-4mm off the thickness of the Apple Watch would be drastic, however, it is one improvement that would surely come as welcome to first-gen wearers. We don’t know how it would translate to better battery life, though, which would be even more welcome. Surely Apple would be better off using those extra few mm’s to increase battery size? And I think I speak for the majority of Apple Watch wearers when I say if Apple were to make the Watch 2 thinner without improving the battery, it would be a missed opportunity.
Whyte also believes that the Apple Watch 2 could be released in June, rather than September, so that Apple can ensure that the upcoming iPhone 7 gets some proper time in the limelight. This makes sense since rumors were quashed recently regarding the Apple Watch 2 being released at Apple’s “Let Us Loop You In” event in March, in which the iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro were launched to much fanfare. Apple staved off the lure to show off the Apple Watch 2 then, and it is highly unlikely that they will let it take the thunder from the iPhone 7, what with the iPhone being Apple’s best-selling product by some margin.
Whyte had this to say about the Apple Watch. “Finally, we walked away with the sense that the Apple Watch refresh will not occur in September with the iPhone 7, but is more likely to occur within the next 2-3 months, and thus we believe an unveiling at WWDC in June makes sense. We believe Apple Watch 2 could be 20-40% thinner than the current Apple Watch.”
Elsewhere in the Apple Watch 2 rumor mill, a patent released by the USPTO filed by Apple describes a device that can detect your heart rate and alert the emergency services, or a ‘priority contact’, in the event of abnormal heart rhythm.
If that sounds too Minority Report for your liking, in-built GPS is also rumored, so that you don’t have to carry your iPhone to track your runs.