The Apple Watch 2 is without any doubt one of the most highly anticipated tech releases this year. When Apple launched its first-gen Watch in September 2014, the pre-orders started flooding in, and by the time they started shipping in April 2015, Apple had so many orders that were struggling to keep up with demand.
Of course, the Apple Watch 2 is expected to eclipse the demand for the first-gen Watch as has been the case with all Apple’s products in recent years. Rumors have fed this demand ever since the first-gen Apple Watch was launched. But what can you expect from the Apple Watch 2, and will it be a significant update?
Below, we have listed all of the credible rumors surrounding the Apple Watch 2 and where possible, we have also included the original source so you can make up your own mind.
So without further ado, here’s every possible next-gen feature to look out for:
Apple Watch 2 to get FaceTime Camera
This rumor originates from 9to5Mac. According to their sources, Apple is going to integrate a FaceTime camera into the Apple Watch 2. They cite Apple themselves in their rumor, who telegraphed their interest in FaceTime for Apple Watch during the rollout of watchOS 2.0. That software included code that would enable a camera to work. 9to5Mac also predicts that the FaceTime camera will be integrated into the device’s top bezel.
Apple Watch 2 to be 20%-40% Thinner
This rumor originates from MacRumors. Their source is Wall Street analyst Brian White, who toured the electronics factories that manufacture the Apple Watch. In his findings, he concluded that he believes the Apple Watch 2 could be 20 to 40 percent thinner than the 1st generation product and he also went on to say that it could be launched in June 2016.
Apple Watch 2 to get Emergency Safety Technology
This rumor originates from a patent released by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) this year. The patent, which was filed by Apple, details a system that could use a device’s sensors to detect emergency situations and then call a priority contact or the emergency services. The Apple Watch 2 is the only possible device fitting this description, as it is the only device that the user could wear on themselves all day.
Apple Watch 2 to get Better Battery Life
This rumor does not really have an originator; everybody has been predicting it and that makes perfect sense when you consider that it’s the one thing that would make the Apple Watch 2 really stand out from the competition. Right now, you can get around 1.5 days out of the Apple Watch with moderate use; however, Apple may be looking to push 2 to 2.5 days of use out of the battery in the Apple Watch 2. This would leapfrog Android competitors.
Apple Watch 2 to get GPS
Again, this rumor doesn’t originate from anywhere; however, everybody has been predicting that the Apple Watch 2 will get GPS, with some rumors dating back to the date that the first Apple Watch was launched. That’s because the first-gen Apple Watch uses the iPhone’s GPS instead of its own. GPS in the Apple Watch 2 would bring it up to date with its competitors’ smartwatches, most of which have GPS built-in right out of the box.
Apple Watch 2 to get a Magnetic Wristband
This rumor originates from AppleInsider. AppleInsider discovered a patent filed by Apple titled ‘Magnetic Wristband’ which describes a new type of wristband that could double up as a stand or fold over to protect the Watch’s display. According to the patent the strap uses magnets embedded throughout to let the two sides of the strap join and come together. But when worn normally, the strap would simply function as a regular watch strap.
Apple Watch 2 to get an Updated OLED Display
This rumor originates from the Korea Herald. The Korean publication claims that Apple has enlisted LG and Samsung to manufacture a new type of OLED display for the Apple Watch 2, which could be a flexible OLED panel. According to the publication, the new flexible OLED display is a lot thinner than the current OLED version which would allow the next-generation Apple Watch to be a lot thinner than the original, tying in with our second rumor above.
Apple Watch 2 to come in Titanium and Other Finishes
This rumor originates from 9to5Mac. According to 9to5Mac, Apple is experimenting with new materials for the Apple Watch’s case. In particular, they are testing titanium, tungsten, and palladium and platinum cases. As is to be expected, however, Apple is said to also be exploring higher price points than before with the Apple Watch 2.
Apple Watch 2 to become Tether-less
This rumor originates from TechRadar, however most people have been predicting this feature for some time. Essentially, a ‘tether-less’ Apple Watch would have the ability to connect to a Wi-Fi network without needing to connect to an iPhone first. This would enable users to use their Apple Watch more without the need for their iPhone. It’s important to note that Android Wear already supports this feature, so Apple will likely introduce it.