Apple Watch Completes A year; Does It Really Matter?
Apple Watch was released on April 24, 2015, with expectations that it will change the wearables market forever. While we keep reading about Apple Watch almost every day, almost a year later it’s become apparent that there is really nothing to rave about it.
Popular Apple analyst, KGI Securities’ Ming Chi Kuo, issued a note recent;y predicting that Apple will only sell 7.5 million Apple Watches in 2016, down from his estimate of 10.6 million sold in 2015 after the smartwatch launched in April. (Market research firm IDC estimated that Apple sold 11.6 million watches in 2015.)
Meanwhile, production of the Apple Watch 2 will reportedly begin soon, indicating a launch in September. Kuo believes the device will have “better connectivity,” which could mean it gets a wireless modem for cellular service, which users are banking on.
The next-gen Apple Watch is said to feature “spec improvements with limited changes to form factor design”, Kuo wrote in a research note as stated in AppleInsider. While Kuo didn’t delve into detail regarding the types of spec improvements, he reasoned that the next-gen Apple Watch will be faster and will sport improved battery life.
However, Kuo’s note contradicts a report last week from Wall Street analyst Brian White, who believes that Apple Watch 2 will have a hardware redesign, and will be 20% -40% thinner than the first version. He also indicates it’s possible that Apple will launch its second smartwatch this June, at its developer conference, as opposed to in the fall alongside the iPhone 7.
MacRumors, on the other hand, said that some Apple analysts foresee no significant changes in the design aside from its thickness. However, the Apple Watch 2 could be packed with a revamped set of features, including a front-facing camera for making video calls. Moreover, a new Wi-Fi chip inside the Apple Watch 2 will expand the device’s iPhone-free Wi-Fi capabilities for basic tasks such as text messaging, emailing, and for weather updates.
So, analysts believe, if the new Apple Watch is only getting internal upgrades with little changes to the form factor, we might see a new model even sooner than September. Not to forget, Apple hasd just drop the price of the first-generation Apple Watch by $50 last month.
Maybe, Apple’s (supposedly) next event, its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June will give us a better clarity on this!
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