Rumours have for months now suggested that Apple will unveil a new Apple Watch sometime this year. While early ones hinted at a major redesign, more recent ones have instead predicted a nearly identical device with upgraded hardware and minor cosmetic changes. In his latest research note, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that things could get a little more interesting with not one but two new Apple Watch models to be launched before the end of the year.
The first and more interesting of the two is expected to launch as the Apple Watch 2. Kuo expects that it will come with a faster TSMC-built processor as well as GPS and a barometer. A larger battery will offset the power demands of the new components. It will also benefit from improved waterproofing.
The second model is expected to be the oft-rumoured iterative upgrade of the first generation smartwatch. Along with improved waterproofing, it should come with improved components such as an improved processor.
Kuo did not indicate whether either of these new models would come with a new Facetime camera as earlier rumours suggested.
Rumours point to an early September Apple iPhone 7 announcement. It may well be that the Apple Watch 2 and Apple Watch 1S could be unveiled alongside.
Looking further out, Kuo expects that Apple will unveil an LTE-connected Apple Watch in 2017. He also does not expect the company to radically change the form factor until 2018. Improved health applications, possibly approved by the FDA, could also be in the cards for 2018.
Source : AppleInsider