Apple is planning to release two new Apple Watch models this year according to the issued research note form the well-known KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The research was issued to the investors on Sunday, obtained by AppleInsider, stating the detailed timeline for Apple’s wearable for the coming six months.
The report comes with the prediction that there will be two new Apple Watch models to be released this second half of 2016. The first model is said to be an upgrade to the original Apple Watch which will be equipped with faster processor and improved waterproofing. The second model, dubbed as Apple Watch 2, will also feature the same aesthetic design but will have a GPS radio, barometer, superior waterproofing, and a higher capacity battery. Both models will be equipped with TSMC processor built on the 16nm chip.
The first generation of Apple Watch was integrated with the chipset manufactured by Samsung having 28nm architecture and runs on maximum speed of 520MHz raises complaints from consumers regarding the device’s battery life. If the report is true for the upcoming new models of Apple Watch, the 16nm architecture form TSMC will greatly improve the battery life of Apple Watch.
The report also suggests the possibility that the new models of Apple Watch will be launched along with the upcoming iPhone 7 this coming September so Apple can push the sales together for both devices. Kuo however, did not confirm if the Apple Watch 2 will feature LTE support for standalone cellphone and data functionality.
There are also rumors that the upcoming Apple Watch 2 will feature a One Glass Solution instead of a Glass on Glass found on the current Apple Watch. This will benefit Apple on effectively eliminating one layer of glass from the display and make the material thinner and gaining a small amount of space that can incorporate a larger cell and reduce the weight of the device. Other features include the customized watchOS 3 and implementation of MicroLED display which will gain richer colors, faster refresh rates, lowered power consumption and thinner size.
We will be looking for more updates regarding the Apple Watch 2 so keep the comments coming and stay tuned.