Apple to crash MWC party in March with iPhone 6c and Apple Watch 2

Apple's usual cycle of September releases may still remain intact but the Cupertino giant is now targeting March as an alternative date to launch its new Apple Watch 2 and a 4-inch iPhone 6c, in a move to separate the launch of its smaller products from its flagship iPhone 7 launch in September 2016.

News is out that Apple is planning to launch the second generation Apple Watch along with a 4-inch iPhone 6c in March. Even though the dates aren't confirmed yet, the event should take place around the same time when major Android device makers converge to launch their best products at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, this year slated to take place starting February 22.

While the launch of Apple Watch 2 is sure to overshadow similar smartwatch releases by Samsung, Sony, Motorola and others, the iPhone 6c launch may rain on the parade of phone makers who will be utilising the time to showcase their new mid-range products on the cheap.

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Earlier in November, Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst at KGI Securities, said that the upcoming iPhone 6c may feature an A9 chip and will run the latest iOS 9 operating system. Given that there is still demand for smaller displays, Apple may end up selling 20 to 30 million units of the new iPhone.

iPhone 6c will also be an upgrade over the iPhone 5S in terms of specifications but may not feature 3D Touch technology which was introduced by Apple with the latest iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus handsets.

Rumours about the Apple Watch 2 releasing early next year have been doing the rounds since June. The more credible ones suggest that Apple Watch 2 will bring in several new features like a video camera for FaceTime conversations, Wi-Fi connectivity as well as new premium models to cater to luxury buffs. You will also be able to route incoming FaceTime calls to your iPhone if you prefer a bigger display.

Apple Watch 2 set for release early next year

Apple Watch 2 may also feature a new wireless chipset that will let you connect it with available Wi-Fi networks. This will make it fairly independent of iPhone connectivity except for critical functions like software updates and file synchronizations.

A new Find my Watch feature will also be incorporated which will ensure a lost Apple Watch to be traced through Wi-Fi router triangulation technology instead of the traditional GPS.

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Since Apple markets the watch as a luxury product, it is also expected that Cupertino will bring in several new models would range between $1000 and $10,000 price tags. The new models could further be bestowed fancy names like Titanium, Platinum, Tungsten or Palladium.

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