A new report from DigiTimes has shed some light on what could potentially be a thinner Apple Watch model arriving in the future.
According to the report, which cites information obtained from Apple supplier TPK Holding, the second-generation Apple Watch will feature “one glass solution” display technology, instead of the current generation’s glass-on-glass display technology. If that is indeed the case, it would mean that the Apple Watch 2 would be thinner than the current generation’s profile.
“The large loss for the second quarter was mainly because touch panel orders for iPhones continued to decrease, and Apple will change touch panel technology from G/G to OGS (one glass solution) in the new Apple Watch to be launched in the second half of 2016, TPK said. The change in touch panel technology involved unexpected technological difficulties and therefore yield rates for OGS touch panels were much lower than expected, TPK explained.”
By utilizing one glass solution technology it effectively removes one of the layers that would be present on a glass-on-glass-equipped piece device. Going this route also means Apple could make the Apple Watch 2 lighter than the original wearable as well.
As far as rumors go, the Apple Watch 2 is expected to be thinner this time around, and it could include cellular-connectivity as well. It was also rumored recently that Apple would drop OLED technology for the display in a future version of the Apple Watch, and instead switch to micro-LED technology. Most recently, though, it was reported that the Apple Watch 2 would begin shipping in September or October of this year.