Apple plans to put camera and video calls on Apple Watch 2, more rumors
While the Apple Watch was/is a success, it’s no longer news to say that Apple has started placing hands on deck for a sequel to the company’s first smartwatch.
9to5mac reports that only two months after the wearable’s release — and a few days after it hit the offline stores — Apple has already began mapping out plans for an Apple Watch 2 which is bound to break cover in 2016.
The blog reports that an Apple source claimed the second generation Watch will feature a Facetime camera for video calls, with a sensor placed above the screen. Apple was said to have conducted a market research and found out that people weren’t very satisfied with the Watch’s battery life and the knowledge will play a key role in the development of the next Apple Watch.
It is also believed that Apple users will say goodbye to bonding when the Watch 2 arrives. The device will not completely get rid of tethering with smartphones but Apple is buying more freedom for the smartwatch so that you won’t require your iPhone to be around all the time in order to do some important stuff with your smartwatch.
In the last part of the rumor which reports a “tether-less” solution for the second Apple Watch, Samsung’s Gear S comes to mind. A standalone smartwatch with SIM card slot and complete calling functionality it is but Apple will likely not compromise Apple Watch’s sleekness in order to profit a smartwatch with voice calling.
Finally, Apple is said to be working on how to bring more customers into spending more than $1000 on a single smartwatch. The first Apple Watch starts at $350 but Apple will reportedly be happier if more people can buy costlier models of the timepiece.
An Apple Watch Edition variant costs as high as $17,000 and Cupertino will derive a method to attract more users to buying more premium models with the coming of the next Watch. We could be very wrong but Apple could achieve this by placing fewer features in the less pricey versions.