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.
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.
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.”