Reportedly, Apple Watch 2 launch will take place sometime during the second half of this year. The product is expected to feature a faster TSMC-built processor, GPS, barometer, superior waterproofing, and a higher capacity battery. According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who issued a note to investors, revealed a detailed timeline regarding the Cupertino giant’s plan to launch two new smartwatches in the second half of 2016.
Kuo believes that the upcoming Apple Watch will not witness any change in terms of the screen sizes and thickness in comparison with the existing Apple Watch models. What it implies is that the second-generation watch from the house of Apple will be no different to the current generation as long as its form factor and thinner display technology are concerned.
Despite several rumors surrounding cellular connectivity, the research indicates that Apple Watch 2 will not support LTE until next year. The research has also predicted that the company will also unveil an LTE variant as an upgrade to its earlier counterpart. A price cut to existing Apple Watch models is also expected once the new models launch.
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Apple Watch shipments are projected to increase by the beginning of 2018 along with essential changes to form factor, 5G network commercialization, and more. Apple is equally working on pushing both iPhone and Watch sales beyond. Hence, it will not be surprising to see Apple Watch 2 and upcoming iPhones launch (including iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which are rumored to launch in September), arriving together.
However, it has not been confirmed by Kuo whether Apple Watch 2 will sport a FaceTime camera and expanded Wi-Fi capabilities following earlier rumors. According to data retrieved by IDC, Apple Watch dominates the list of top selling smartwatches worldwide. The IDC data stated that the company managed to ship 1.6 million watches in the second quarter of 2016.