Faster Apple Watch 2 reportedly on its way with GPS and bigger battery
New smartwatch expected to launch with iPhone 7
There are more signs that the Apple Watch 2 is in the offing with most of the new features that smartwatch holdouts have been asking for: GPS tracking, faster performance and a bigger battery.
It’s not supposed to look any different than the Apple Watch. It’ll have the same screen size and thickness, reputable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo noted to investors, according to MacRumors.
All of the changes happen under the hood. A much-needed GPS chip should allow for phone-free runs, a barometer for altitude readings and a smaller, yet more efficient TSMC processor for less slowdown.Read more ↓
The shrunken processor is key. TSMC is said to be making a 16nm chip, replacing the 28nm Samsung chip in the current Apple Watch. That saved space looks like it’ll be used for the larger battery, not slimming down the watch design.
A second second-gen Apple Watch?
Kuo notes that the Apple Watch 2 release date is happening in the second half of 2016, and there’s less than five months to go before the end of the year. It’s happening soon.
This correlates with almost all of the Apple Watch 2 rumors we’ve heard, which say that it’ll launch along with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus next month on or around Wednesday, September 7.
What’s new is the fact that there may be a second Apple Watch unveiled by Tim Cook and company, according to Kuo. It’s said to include the smaller processor, but lack the GPS and barometer.
Launch two versions at the same time could give the company the ability to tout the new Apple Watch starting at a lower price, even if that small figure is for the watch edition everyone doesn’t want. Clever
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