Yes, the Apple Watch 2 is on the way

It should come as no surprise: the next Apple Watch is expected to arrive later this year. 

According to DigiTimes (who have a mixed track record), suppliers are claiming the next Apple Watch will be revealed this fall. This speculation comes following “conservative orders” across the supply chain for the upcoming device.

Apple Watch 2

The next Apple Watch will reportedly be announced at an event taking place in either September or October. Typically the next iPhone is announced at a September event, so a double-whammy event could be likely.

Changes expected in the second generation wearable are mainly under-the-hood. Little cosmetic change to talk of, but a new system-on-a-chip, LTE data, GPS and better performance and battery life are all expected.

What do you want to see in the next Apple Watch?

Apple Watch 2 Rumor Round-Up

A round-up video of ‘leaks’ and rumors on what to expect from the Apple Watch 2 from Daniel of ZONEofTECH.

Speculation covered in this video includes the watch rocking a thinner case, a possible curved display sporting smaller bevels and better water protection.

Apple Watch water (via ZONEofTECH)

The video also ventures that the next Apple Watch 2 will be faster thanks to 1GB of RAM (up from 512MB), will sport a front-facing Facetime camera and will be available in a new Titanium finish.

Any thoughts on this video’s predictions?

Apple Watch 2 – FINAL Leaks & Rumors

 

The Apple Watch Outpaced the iPhone in Year One

The good news? Apple has sold more Watches than the iPhone did in its first year back in 2007. The bad news? The future probably isn’t so bright for Apple’s wearable. 

According to the WSJ, Apple has sold twice as many Watches as iPhones in each device’s respective debut years.

Apple is yet to release any official numbers on Watch sales, but this suggestion would place the Watch in excess of 10 million units sold so far.

Apple’s Watch Outpaced the iPhone in First Year (Wall Street Journal)

Apple to offer custom engravings for Apple Watch customers?

French site iPhonote reports that Apple may offer customers the option to have a personalised message engraved on to their Apple Watch.

The rumour, if true, would by no means be unusual. Apple have offered engraving on a number of products in the past, including iPad’s and iPod’s.

Engraving would work well on the rear of the Apple Watch, with the option to possibly remove the existing text (see image) to replace with your own words.

The Apple Watch’s ‘secret port’

A report from Matthew Panzarino of TechCrunch suggests that the Apple Watch has an additional port that has so far been unseen in public.

According to several sources the mystery port can be found in one of the grooves for where you connect a watch strap (see image). The port is said to be made up of six brass contacts.

Panzarino’s source explained that the port is currently used for diagnostic purposes only.

The TechCrunch piece goes on to deliberate how such a ‘hidden’ port could be used to facilitate a range of future accessories, such as ‘smart bands’ and external battery packs.

However, Jordan Kahn of 9to5Mac suggests that the port won’t make it into the final shipping product and is only in place for internal testing.

Who designed the Apple Watch?

Designer Denis Nevozhai questions whether Apple’s hire of Marc Newson for ‘special projects’ hints at Newson’s involvement with the Apple Watch project.

Nevozhai shares a series of images of both the Apple Watch and the Newson-designed Ikepod watch, pointing out similarities between them both.

So, Ive, Newson or both?

Note: Nevozhai posted this back in September last year, but I’ve only just came across it. 

 

NYT: Apple Watch will have power saving mode

A New York Times piece from Brian X. Chen published this past weekend suggests that the upcoming Apple Watch will feature a power saving mode designed to stretch out the devices battery life.

Apple has indicated that the Apple Watch battery will last a full day – something many see as a problem, comparing it to the nightly routine charge required of most smartphones.

Chen’s piece details that one unnamed Apple employee shared details on a unannounced ‘Power Reserve’ feature. The mode is said to run the smart watch on low-energy, only displaying the time on the watch face.

Chen’s piece also looks out how Apple biggest challenge with the Apple Watch lies in front of them: selling them to a supposedly uninterested public.

Gold Digger: Apple Watch may use 30% of global gold supply

According to a report complied by long-running Apple site TidBits the upcoming Apple Watch may use as much as 30 percent of  global gold supplies.

Admittedly the figures are based on several assumptions, such as sales expectations, but they roughly estimate that Apple may end up using around 746 metric tonnes of gold throughout the next year.

This figure is based on Wall Street Journal projections that Apple will produce one million ‘Edition’ watches every month.

The report gives an estimate that some 2,500 metric tonnes of gold are mined annually.

Tim Cook wears his Apple Watch in the shower, you can too

According to French site iGen.fr Apple CEO Tim Cook wears his Apple Watch in the shower.

The iGen.fr report states that Tim Cook told an employee at a Berlin-based Apple Store that he wears his Apple Watch all the time, specifically stating “even in the shower“.

This supposed comment from Cook aligns with Apple’s promise that the upcoming Apple Watch will be water-resistant, however goes against more specific comments made by Yahoo Tech journalist David Pogue in September 2014: “Sweating, wearing it in the rain, washing your hands, or cooking with it is fine. Take it off before the swim or get in the shower, though.”