Apple has reportedly been working on several products to launch this March including the next Apple Watch more popularly known these days as Apple Watch “S.” According to new reports, Apple will be introducing new features, design changes and updated software to the Apple Watch 2. Will it be more successful this time around?
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster predicts the release of the Apple Watch 2 to be around March 15. It will also be the same time when the Cupertino tech giant will release the 4-inch iPhone 5se and iPad Air 3. According to the analyst, Apple will likely call the next wearable as Apple Watch “S.” This follows Apple’s tradition of naming devices with “S” once upgraded.
While expectations have been hovering around inclusion of FaceTime camera and other enhancement, analysts also think that Apple will try to retain the same feel as the predecessor of the Apple Watch. This means people should not expect radical changes from the device.
Muster said in a note to investors (via Business Insider):
“Apple Watch: expect more of an “S” version with similar design, upgraded components including processor[,] battery, new band styles. Unlikely to have a wireless radio, which would allow standalone (i.e. decoupled from iPhone).”
According to BGR, the information Munster presented goes against previous reports that Apple will release the next Apple Watch version around September – same cycle for major iPhone upgrades. Previously, reports suggested the release because of supply chain constraints delaying the launch.
Earlier, 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman also said that Apple Watch will most likely gain new software and bands. However, people should not expect an upgraded processor or entirely new hardware. However, Apple has not confirmed anything. Apple did confirm that it has been working on the official release of the WatchOS 2.2 update. It was already in developer beta state in January.