There are new signs that the Apple Watch 2 is in the offing with most of the features 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 calculating steps climbed, and a smaller, more efficient TSMC chip for less slowdown.
The shrunken processor is key. TSMC is said to be making a 16nm chip, replacing the 28nm Samsung processor 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 very 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 2nd Gen unveiled by Tim Cook and company, reports Kuo. It’s said to include the smaller processor, but lack the GPS and barometer.
Launching two versions simultaneously could give Apple the ability to tout the new Watch "starting at" a lower price, even if that smaller price is for the entry-level watch edition everyone doesn’t want.