Will Apple Watch 2 Debut in September?

Following a similar release cycle as the iPhone, it’s been largely assumed that Apple will release an Apple Watch 2 at its March event. The original watch debuted in April 2015; launching the second version in March would establish a yearly release cycle for the device, but new rumors from Matthew Panzarino at TechCrunch suggest Apple won’t release an 2.0 version until its September event. Say it ain’t so!

Apple’s March 2016 event is rumored to launch new macs, a small screen iPhone 6c, and, until today, the Apple Watch 2. Now, Panzarino is suggesting we won’t see the new watch until September, 

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“Several things that I’ve heard (from several sources) indicate to me that we won’t see a major new hardware model of the Apple Watch in March. Design partnerships, accessories, that kind of thing maybe but not a “Watch 2.0” with a bunch of new hardware features. I could be wrong, of course, but I’ve heard enough to put it out there.”

For me, part of what supports his claims is the fact that we haven’t seen any large rumor leaks. Usually the months before a product launches, we hear enough about the updates ahead to get a general idea of what to expect. We've heard potential gains to battery life, untethered use, and a facetime camera coming to Apple Watch 2, but those are semi-obvious upgrades. The second Apple Watch needs to build on the first in significant ways. “The Watch, as a lightweight extension of the smartphone, rather than a standalone piece of equipment in its own right, has the potential to be much more powerful and transformative than it is now as an accessory. But the lightweight interactions and necessarily low-key hardware requirements could mean a much longer replacement cycle than, say, an iPhone."

Panzarino closed by saying, “As with anything related to Apple hardware announcements, the tea leaves are hard to read and the company’s plans can change.” Personally, I hope to see an Apple Watch 2 in March, but only if Apple can bring the accessory leaps ahead of where it stands now. What do you think? Should Apple wait until September or are you ready for the update as soon as possible?


 

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