Apple Watch Hermes Edition
New key details about the second-generation of the Apple Watch, also known as Apple Watch 2, emerge. Pictured above: A Hermes edition of the Apple Watch. Hermes

Rumor has it that Apple will be unveiling the next-generation Apple Watch, also referred as Apple Watch 2, on Mar. 15 in the annual spring event. Apart from the smartwatch, the tech giant is expected to launch the 4.0-inch display-clad iPhone 5se, also known as iPhone 6c, along with the iPad Air 3.

Business Insider, citing analyst Gene Munster, said the Apple Watch will come with “incremental upgrade.” This means radical design changes or new features cannot not be expected from the upcoming iteration.

The expectation, so far, is that the second-generation Apple Watch will feature FaceTime camera, an in-built Wi-Fi connectivity, among other interesting aspects, Phone Arena reported. However, Munster said the smartwatch will get specifications upgrade in the form of a new powerful processor and bigger battery. To be specific, this refreshed version will follow the pattern of Apple iPhone “s” models (like iPhone 6s, 5s) – where the design remains the same, but under the hood configurations will go through some change.

According to Business Insider, Apple may not launch the refreshed Apple Watch 2 in the March event, contrary to the rumors. Instead, it could unveil the product in fall, alongside the next iteration of flagship series i.e. Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Lack of supply chain activities specific to the smartwatch has been quoted as one of the reasons why some tech portals and analysts believe the launch could only happen in September.

The March event could however see the introduction of new bands and software upgrades for the Apple Watch. 9To5Mac, on the other hand, says “WatchOS 2.2” will be demoed at the March event.

The new software reportedly has the capability to let “multiple Apple Watches to be synced to a single iPhone.” Plus, new functionality will apparently be added to the Maps app.

As always, readers should note that Apple has not confirmed any smartwatch-related details thus far.


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