Apple Watch 2 with Faster Processor, GPS, and Barometer Launching Later This Year

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KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in his latest note issued to investors predicts that Apple will be launching a brand new Apple Watch 2 later this year. He predicts that the new smartwatch will feature a faster and more power efficient 16nm FinFET based chip built by TSMC. It would also feature a GPS chip, barometer, and a higher capacity battery for improved battery life. 

Kuo makes these predictions based on his supply chain sources from China. He believes that the new Apple Watch will feature the same screen size and thickness as the current models. This is despite the second generation of the smartwatch using a thinner display technology and more power efficient chip. Contrary to previous rumors though, Kuo says that Apple will not be adding LTE connectivity to the Apple Watch before 2017, with the smartwatch receiving a major design refresh in 2018. The smartwatch will also come with improved health applications and might also receive FDA approval in the same year.

Contrary to previous rumors though, Kuo says that Apple will not be adding LTE connectivity to the Apple Watch before 2017, with the smartwatch receiving a major design refresh in 2018. The smartwatch will also come with improved health applications and might also receive FDA approval in the same year.

Due to the introduction of the Apple Watch 2 later this year, Kuo estimates that Apple will ship anywhere between 10 to 11 million smartwatches this year, compared to his previous estimate of 7 to 7.5 million.

While there have been numerous rumors about Apple launching the Apple Watch 2 alongside the new iPhones in September, the lack of leaks surrounding the upcoming smartwatch makes me skeptical about the Cupertino company releasing a faster and refreshed Apple Watch anytime soon.

[Via AppleInsider]