Some Apple Watch News (this time)

Its that time of the year where the Apple world is filled with news/rumors as Apple generally waits till the year end (holiday season in the US) for exciting announcements and new product releases. The new iPhone is expected in the Fall, the new MacBook models are long overdue for an update and they are also expected in the same timeline. But what about the Apple Watch? Well here is some Apple Watch news for a change. According to the ever reliable KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via AppleInsider) not one, but two new Apple Watch models are expected to be released by Apple this Fall.

Though the Apple Watch is expected to be upgraded this Fall to newer hardware, rumors on this topic have been lacking (Image source: Apple.com)

Though the Apple Watch is expected to be upgraded this Fall to newer hardware, rumors on this topic have been lacking (Image source: Apple.com)

The first Apple Watch hardware models are more than a year and half old now and it makes sense for Apple to announce hardware upgrades to the line, particularly after how the the Apple Watch's OS was recently upgraded at Apple's WWDC in June this year to enable some remarkable performance improvements. But like John Gruber has mentioned multiple times in his Talk Show till now, I am also surprised at the lack of prevalent rumors on this front. But having been following Apple for a while now, I also know that lack of rumors on one of its upcoming products/services can only mean that good things are brewing in that category! 

Kuo believes Apple is planning to launch two new Apple Watch versions in the second half of 2016, both of which offer moderate improvements over their predecessor. The first unit will be an iterative upgrade on the original Apple Watch and is expected to sport the same aesthetics, but with improved intervals like a TSMC processor built on the 16nm process. Waterproofing should also be slightly improved.

A second version, dubbed “Apple Watch 2,” is also expected to share the same general design as current models, but will include a GPS radio and barometer for improved geolocation capabilities. A higher capacity battery will be included to power the advanced components, but its size will prohibit Apple’s usual generational device slimming.
— Ming-Chi Kuo via AppleInsider