Apple Watch 2nd generation necessity

By Peter Chubb - Jul 23, 2016

It’s now been 15 months since the Apple Watch was first released, and while sales of the device remain steady, there is no denying that people would like to see a second generation model released at some stage this year. To some, the Apple Watch 2 cannot launch soon enough because the current model does lack some key features that stop it being the best wearable on the market.

Ok, so we know that sales are still doing well despite it being 15 months old, and that sales are better than many of its rivals, but that does not mean it is without issues. We suspect that Apple will give their Watch device an 18 month release cycle, in which case this would mean we could see the Apple Watch 2 released in October, 2016. It makes sense to do this seeing as though this is an entirely new market, one that does not really need to be replaced every 12 months. Many of the improvements have come by way of its software, and with watchOS 3 making some vast improvements to the device – just think how cool it would be to have the next generation Apple Watch released alongside the new OS as well?

Apple Watch 2nd Gen specs

Like we said, the current model still has a lot to offer, although there are some fundamental features that really do need to be added to the next Apple Watch, the most important of which has to be GPS. We know that this is the most obvious and you would have already heard that this is a key feature that was omitted from the current model, and so Apple surely needs to add it to the Apple Watch 2. Some people say that they do not care about GPS, as they connect their watch to their iPhone, but what if you do not wish to take your phone with you, then if you wish to keep a track on your run, then GPS is essential.

Some people say that they will never buy an Apple Watch, not until it is able to enhance their life in a positive and innovative way. Well, we are not sure if the 2nd-gen model will do that, as it’s more than likely going to be similar to that of an S upgrade like we see on iPhone cycles. The design looks set to stay very much the same, with just a few small performance and feature enhancements. The bigger change will come in 2017, which we suspect will see an all-new design with the Apple Watch 3.

Having said that, it would be nice to see the addition of a front-facing video camera in order to do FaceTime chats. There have been some rumors to suggest that the second generation Apple Watch could also come with its own wireless chipsets to make it a standalone device. However, with this possibly being just and S upgrade, we doubt we will see cellular capabilities added until the third generation model at least. What’s on your wish list for an Apple Watch 2, and do you think we need an upgrade just yet?

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  • DaBrat

    For me, standalone phone capability is a must. I prefer the larger form factor and having a plus strapped to my arm for biking, hking etc is a no. I purchased watch one just to own a first gen product. Right now my Samsung Gear S2 gets more use than my Apple Watch. Bluetooth pairing makes it no more than a gloried speaker in functionality with the iPhone when I don’t have my S6 edge+. Since it is its own phone, I can get texts directly to the Sammy. Both my next watch and phone will depend on being able to use them independently. I prefer Apple quality, but the watch is mostly useless for the main reasons I would use the watch, to be hands free, with a fanny pack or gigantic armband during activities but still have a phone in case of emergency.

    Word is that Sammy may come out with a Gear app for iOS but until the Apple Watch can be untethered, I won’t be upgrading.

  • RedMercury

    It was my understanding that the watch had some kind of step counter and, conceivably pairing with a phone, could give some idea to how far you go when you walk. If you will, you “train” the watch with your phone and it’s GPS, and then you can leave the phone at home and get a reasonably accurate distance measurement through your watch.

    Keep in mind, GPS has lots of issues IRT reception and time to set up. It’s also pretty power hungry. Your iPhone uses cell towers, for the most part, and only uses GPS when it has no other options.

    The camera? Maybe. The issue comes with Bluetooth LE, which wasn’t really designed for streaming video. Bluetooth 4.0 can stream video, but not all that well (look at reviews for bluetooth video cameras) and it will end up eating your battery life on the watch.