Apple Watch 2 Release Date And Other Details Emerge

Apple Watch 2 Release Date And Other Details Emerge
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Apple only released its first wearable device, the Apple Watch, a couple of short months ago, but already the corporation is preparing for its sequel. The overwhelming success of the Apple Watch has ensured that Apple will be investing a lot of resources and energy in this niche in the coming years, and it is thought that the Apple Watch will ignite the wearables market in general. Predictions already indicate that the wearables marketplace will be worth $80 billion per annum by the end of the decade, and Apple is already in an extremely strong position to be the leading player in this market.

Apple working on Apple Watch 2

So it is entirely unsurprising that Apple is already making preparations for the release of the Apple Watch 2. The first Apple Watch release already garnered a good deal of positive headlines for Apple, with the $10,000 Apple Watch Edition proving particularly noteworthy and popular. Numerous celebrities have already been pictured wearing this luxury watch, and this has unquestionably played a significant part in the positive perception of the smartwatch.

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Apple clearly intends to up the ante with the release of the second Apple Watch, as 9to5Mac is already reporting that Apple will include a video camera in the next generation smartwatch, on the top bezel of the watch. This is apparently intended to make it possible to participate in live video chatting with the Apple Watch.

More independent Apple Watch mooted

Additionally, the publication also suggests that Apple is looking to ensure that the next generation Apple Watch is more independent from the iPhone by including a wireless chip that will enable the wearable device to utilize Wi-Fi to handle a wide range of advanced tasks. Although Apple has viewed the Apple Watch as very much a companion to the smartphone iPhone range, some people were critical of this perception and suggested that there is little point in owning an Apple Watch if one needs to carry around an iPhone at all times in order to carry out certain functions. While the next generation Apple Watch will still retain this collaborative element, it is thought that Apple will be looking to produce a device that is significantly more independent than the initial Apple Watch.

Apple happy with battery life

9to5Mac also reports that Apple is satisfied with the battery life of the Apple Watch, and has no plans to significantly increase this in the next generation release. This may be viewed as something of a surprise, as the length of battery life that one can obtain from the existing Apple Watch has been criticized in some quarters. Apple has also been placed under scrutiny regarding the battery life of its devices in general, and there have already been a significant number of reports emerging that suggest that the iPhone range will be redesigned in the next generation in order to enable a longer battery life.

Health-tracking upgrade

Apple is also likely to include new health-tracking functionality when the second model of the Apple Watch is released. Some of the health functionality that Apple has planned for the initial Apple Watch was scuppered by technological issues, and Apple will be beavering away behind the scenes to ensure that it can be included this time out.

It is clearly extremely important for Apple to produce an outstanding device in terms of health-tracking functionality, as the Apple Watch was initially marketed as being a health-related device. Although Apple was able to deliver some useful features in this regard, it was perhaps a little underwhelming compared to what was promised, so the consumer electronics giant will be looking to step this functionality up with the next model of the Apple Watch.

In addition to attempting to fulfil its promises, Apple will also be keenly scrutinizing the recent stock market floatation of Fitbit. The obvious competitor to the Apple Watch enjoyed an extremely profitable first day of trading as it was floated on the stock exchange for the first time, and Apple will doubtless be wary of the competition that this rival represents.

Mid-range models expected

It has also been suggested that Apple will introduce several new premium priced models when the Apple Watch 2 is released. The existing Apple Watch can be purchased in Sport, Steel, and Edition varieties, but Apple produced a large range of face and strap options in order to satisfy as many consumer bases as possible. But 9to5Mac reports that Apple is considering utilizing new materials in the next generation Apple Watch, and this could include the usage of new materials such as titanium, palladium and platinum.

As Apple attempts to attract more people to the smartwatch niche, a new range of models that sit between the more affordable versions of the Apple Watch and the $10,000 Apple Watch Edition are considered essential. The Apple Watch has certainly been a commercial success, but consumers are currently attracted to the Apple Watch either as an affordable device, or as a true luxury smartwatch. Apple would like to attract a large raft of customers between the $1,000 and $10,000 price points, in order to create a mid-price consumer niche.

It isn’t clear at the time of writing precisely what shape these mid-range Apple Watch variants would take, and whether they would encompass different bands and faces, or versions with entirely new materials, or both. What does seem certain is that Apple will continue to place a large emphasis on consumer choice, which was clearly a central ethos of the original Apple Watch release.

As Apple continues to work on the next generation Apple Watch, fans of the corporation will be wondering when it is likely to release. At this point in time, it seems likely that Apple will stick to a similar release schedule as for the initial Apple Watch, which would mean an April 2016 launch is on the cards. With other new product releases also predicted for Apple during this calendar year, it could be a very busy twelve months for the consumer electronics giant.

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  1. Purposes for the watch. 1. Apple pay. I wave it, and pay….no need for me to carry a credit card, or give a card to a stranger….Identity theft sucks. 2 house and car apps. I can use functions on my watch to turn my lights on and off, unlock my car, and soon lock or unlock my house. 3 Theft. The second my watch is taken off, it locks. If it is stolen no on can use it…even within seconds. 4. Convenience. I can simply raise my wrist without reaching into my pocket to check messages, stocks, the time, weather, and countless other functions. It is easy to message people back, check emails….the list goes on.
    5. $$ saving Location based apps easily save me money every time I decide to shop based on my settings and where I shop. 6. Passport With boarding tickets for planes, hotel keys, concert tickets, gym membership swipe cards all on my wrist….it simplifies life. 7. Customization. You can change anything about the watch face, it can show videos…and it is only the beginning, wait until the next update where your photo album can sync to it. 8. Fitness. I know you are a fat Chris, but the fitness apps are the best anywhere. You have no idea on a 20 mile bike ride or lifting weights to simply say “play next song” or “play workout playlist” and not miss a step. I could go in depth, but you don’t work out so I will not bother. 9. Battery and charging. A simple magnetic charger charges the device in an hour…..nothing to plug into a tiny whole like the garbage wearables you mention. 10. Communication It is illegal to talk on the phone while driving. Even if not driving, you can talk while using the watch when it is no where near your face….so again, you are wrong on that.
    You are simply making fun of a device you do not like because you call it a luxury item. Senseless. Consumer reports, again named it the best of the best of wearables. If $400 is too much for you to afford…..get another job instead of writing online here lol. Besides mentioning a 10k watch that rich people will buy (50k plus for a rolex) What is your damn point??? That it works in conjunction with the phone? Yeah it does, so what? How does that negatively effect me at all when it improves every aspect of my life. Google now? Are you kidding me???? Who cares about that? Google is a great wearable company… are the google glasses doing…..exactly. Why I don’t really understand your point, because you lack one….this is more for people who actually have and use the watch. They get it. Is it life changing? No…..but what wearable is?
    You got one thing right. LG is TRYING to make a watch….Apple has already started the future. The game is already over.
    Again, what is your point it is useless? Please look above at the 10 things I like about it….it is the short list.

  2. Ha ha ha! Now I am questioning your reading comprehension. I never said my friends are buying them! Yes, why continue the conversation? You look at sales charts and determine the best product. And who says an Apple fan has to own their stock? Hey, their stock would be nice to own because they make money despite not always keeping up with the competition. Apple’s marketing department is the real brain of the company.
    Does the little convenience justify such a high price? No, you could buy a new iPhone with the cost of an Apple Watch and the watch does so much less.
    Your argument is actually poor. A sonicare toothbrush doesn’t cost as much as an Apple Watch. Additionally, there isn’t a smaller, less powerful version of the sonicare toothbrush that is more expensive simply because it brushes a few seconds faster or something. Your logic doesn’t make sense. A sonicare toothbrush is very different than a regular toothbrush a dentist gives you and it is more powerful. The Apple Watch is much less powerful than the iPhone.
    When you develop a good argument, come tell me. What you put out there was just hilarious, honestly. I was laughing while I was reading it. Next time, try not to disprove yourself with evidence like a sonicare toothbrush. Think it through first.

  3. Good to see your friends are buying them….they are not alone ?If you don’t understand the convenience of how to operate the watch so it saves you time, money, and it is the best wearable that exists… Why continue the conversation . It is the best product in that field….bottom line. I don’t even own Apple stock. Your argument is so dumb. You might as well say a sonic care tooth brush is a waste of money… It does the same thing as what your dentist gives you… Just admit that you were wrong …. Or should I wait until earnings season after Christmas so you can really understand…. How little you understand? Lmao

  4. Ha, even Apple users I know like some of my friends know the watch is not really useful or as “game-changing” as nearly every tech critic implied. It is just to tell people that you have money to spend.

  5. Ha ha. Hating on is anything you don’t like or want to hear.
    Fine, I won’t “hate”. I will just speak the truth.
    There is no logical reason to buy the Apple Watch. You can’t name one purpose it has other than a status symbol, and frankly a poor one at that. Even people with money don’t see it as a symbol, only a toy. Lol, why do you think a wealthy person got two $20,000 Editions for his dog?

  6. Have you noticed the watch flying off the shelves. Just ask how many they sold at Best Buy :) Looks like you are wrong….it is a money maker….most people who hate on apple are wrong….at least you are consistant. :)

  7. The watch can be at your side for phone calls… Just another Apple hater who doesn’t know shit about it. Consumer reports puts it in first…. But what do they know? Lmao. Apple has made me 45k in 6 months. I’m done talking to you, as you would hate the watch if it spit out unicorns you could ride. I’ll hit you up in December when the stock is in the 160’s Chris. Happy fathers day

  8. Once again, the Apple Watch fails…..are you seriously going to hold up a big black square to your face to answer a call? What is the iPhone in your pocket for? Yeah the Watch Urbane doesn’t need a phone nearby every single second and you know why it doesn’t take calls? Because LG is trying to make a watch, not an iPhone replacer that mysteriously needs an iPhone to work in the first place. And the Watch itself doesn’t have a GPS yet the battery life is the same or less than Android Wear watches like the Moto 360. And spyware, are you kidding me? Ios is loaded with spyware that collects information from users all of the time. And sure the Apple Watch is destroying other watches in sales but if you really look at sales to determine your buy, that is sad. Can you use Google Now on the Apple Watch, I don’t think so and don’t say Google Now isn’t important. It makes Android so much smarter and intuitive.

  9. I use my gps for soundless navigation on my watch…. NEVER had the battery die, and trust me…. I workout more than you do. Look the watch will/is destroying anything out there. Do you have stock in any of the companies you talk about ? Google and android is LOADED with spyware. Samsung will be making chips for Apple next year lmao. Everyone else already lost. You probably think Fitbit is great too. I’m glad they are doing great. People will see how worthless all other wearables are. Can you take calls from your watch???? I didn’t think so!

  10. Oh come on you realize the only thing premium about the watch is the band….now I must say those bands look nice on the watches but I am not interested one bit in the technology. No Google Now, GPS, need an iPhone everywhere you go to use it, dismal battery life (Android wear watches can last 2 to 3 days with GPS). That is what the Apple Watch is. Now if I could put a band on an Android Wear watch from Apple, I would but I am not buying the watch. I think the LG Watch Urbane with an Apple band would look nice.

  11. You keep going back to the gold…. Not sure why. The watches you mention, pale in comparison to what Apple is made! It is a premium product….android child?

  12. Angry person? So it is anger when I tell the truth? That is the truth, you know. Apple knew this watch was going to be a hit because there are a bunch of people that will simply buy it thinking it is a premium product. Just the notion that in some areas it falls short compared to some cheaper Android Wear watches means it isn’t a premium product. The sad part is it is so expensive for a smartwatch….a regular watch could be that much but a smartwatch is like a smartphone. Once it is outdated, you aren’t going to keep using the phone forever. Overpriced and overrated…..I believe the watch is okay but it isn’t the best smartwatch no matter how much gold they put on it.

  13. Chris, you are an angry person. I have had my watch since the day I got it… It is awesome. It is up to the consumer what edition they want. Yesterday I saw a guy wearing a watch and Fitbit on THE SAME WRIST. Lol. Apple and the watch are here to stay. I’d invest now why the price is still cheap!

  14. Fine, we will go with the word alloy. But what is the cost and amount of gold on the $8000+ Apple Watch? Half an ounce at 640 dollars. So essentially you are getting the same tech used in the Sport Watch with $640 of gold for $8000. With a Sport Band! That is such a ripoff whether you want to believe it or not. Also when the next generation Apple Watch comes out the first one will be obsolete. It isn’t like regular watches… are not going to wear the first gen Apple Watch 5 years from now. For all of those foolish enough to pay for these okay watches costing thousands, they will find they must spend thousands every year or two to get the latest Apple Watch. And sorry I used compound instead of alloy but same difference. The Apple Watch isn’t luxury. It is like a small ipod Nano you can wear on your wrist. It can’t do what an iPhone can do. It isn’t really pure 24k gold that you would expect and the watch doesn’t have the same style and functionality like some of the Android wear watches like the Urbane. The Apple Watch doesn’t even let you keep the watch face on away from your face so it is a dark square on your wrist. Not worth buying at all.

  15. I’m not sure what you think your point is with the “Apple Compound” comment. It sounds like your infering that it’s not 18K gold. First, I’ll let you look up the difference between a compound and an alloy. But you clearly chose that word to make it sound like Apple is using something cheaper than what you consider “luxury”18K gold. You’re talking from a place of stupid.

    Apple opted not to use an off-the-shelf alloy, but rather to invest in a better one. They put a lot of time into their metallurgy and quality control of their manufacturing process. This is all done to ensure that the 18K gold they use is as flawless as possible, and remains so. Examining it under high magnification, its tolerances are far more finished and perfect that would ever be functionally required.

    To summarize– expensive and unique materials, exceptional fit and finish…sounds like the definition of a luxury product to me. And since you didn’t define your accusation of not-luxury, we’ll go with mine.

  16. Happy with the battery life? Without a GPS and it still only lasts a day? And the Watch Edition isn’t even luxury. The gold on there is not worth more than $1500 and it is an Apple compound for durability, not luxury. Any fool who buys the Edition is buying the same watch that the regular people are buying.

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