By: Brahm Shank
Apple Watch 2 or Apple Watch S ?
After its release in mid April last year, Apple Watch was met with mixed reviews and opinions. Many claimed that it was a failed device and merely a gimmick or pretentious fashion statement. Others claimed it was useful only for receiving notifications and performing quick tasks on the go. After all, Apple Watch is a "companion" device for your iPhone and it is not intended to be used as one's primary device. This is evident when you consider the fact that Apple Watch cannot handle many tasks on its own. Since Apple Watch does not have any built-in wifi/cellular capabilities, users are forced to rely on their iPhone's data connection for media downloads and file transfers via Bluetooth. This leaves the Apple Watch feeling sluggish and overcrowded with those dreaded loading screens. Bottom line? People want more power on their wrist. Will Apple give users what they want with the release of a thinner new Apple Watch 2 this year? Or will we simply see a slightly faster Apple Watch S? In this article, we sum up some of the most popular 2nd Generation Apple Watch rumors we've heard.
Apple Watch has always been more than just a smart watch. Apple is famous for their superb craftsmanship and attention to detail; Apple Watch is nothing short of that expression. Apple builds its products with sleek materials and with Apple Watch 2 we're expected to see the addition of a new titanium model. This model is likely to be set at a price point higher than that of Apple Watch & Apple Watch Sport, but lower than that of Apple Watch Edition. The titanium Apple Watch is going to be geared toward customers who are looking for a more premium or elegant-looking watch than the standard Apple Watch or Apple Watch Sport, but don't want to fork over the $10,000 for a 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition.
All current Apple Watch models are powered by Apple's S1 chip. Constructed using Apple's own custom-designed silicon, the S1 chip is more than just a simple single-core processor; it's a SiP chip which stands for System in Package. This technological breakthrough allows Apple to fit an entire motherboard including NAND Flash storage, 512 mb of RAM, NFC/Wifi/Bluetooth sensors, touch controller, and a Gyroscope/Accelerometer in just one small chip. With Apple Watch 2 or Apple Watch S Apple is expected to double up on performance with the all-new thinner S2 chip. The S2 will most likely include almost double the RAM of S1 with 1 GB of RAM and a dual core form factor. This would allow for shorter loading times and up to double the graphics performance meaning app/interface animations will feel smoother and less sluggish. Apple's S1 processor is encapsulated in a special resin to provide chip durability and moisture resistance. According to analyst claims, the second generation Apple Watch may be entirely waterproof if Apple decides to encapsulate both the battery and the Digital Crown in that same resin.
Battery Life & Thinner Form Factor
Insider reports claim that Apple Watch 2 could be anywhere between 20% to 40% thinner. That's assuming that the next Apple Watch will be called "Apple Watch 2". If Apple decides to introduce an S-Model Apple Watch, they will most likely stick to tradition and release a 2nd generation Apple Watch with updated internal specs and a design identical to that of the first generation Apple Watch. When it comes to battery life Apple is expected to pack on an additional 4 hours totaling up to 12 hours of battery life. A thinner S2 chip would definitely allow more space for battery in the Apple Watch. Hopefully we'll see some improvements when it comes to battery life since many Apple Watch owners who use their watches heavily during the day, have also begun using their watches as sleep monitors.
Although a definitive release date for Apple Watch remains unknown, it now seems likely that we may see a 2nd generation Apple Watch at WWDC this year. Along with tons of analyst claims, Apple Watch has been receiving price cuts of up to $200 in stores such as Best Buy in United States. Even Apple has cut the price of all Apple Watch Sport models by $50 at its last Keynote event in April. Could Apple be trying to clear out its inventory to make more room for Apple Watch 2? We'll find out in less than a week at Apple's World Wide Developers conference on June 13th. Do you think we'll see an Apple Watch 2 or an Apple Watch S this year? Do you think we'll see a second generation Apple Watch next week or do you think we won't see one until this Fall? Let us know in the comments below.
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