Apple Watch 2 to launch in June but expect only internal upgrades

Spoilers ahead: Apple may finally launch Apple Watch 2 at its next developers conference in June but if rumours are to be believed, the new smartwatch will look just the same.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that Apple Watch 2 will feature limited design changes but internal upgrades will be substantial.

Apple Insider accessed a research note issued by Kuo on Monday where he said that the new Watch will come with  "spec improvements with limited changes to form factor design." However, those waiting for an Apple Watch with a revamped design will need to wait till 2017.

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In the research note, Kuo adds that while Apple could sell 10.6 million watches in 2015, it will sell only 7.5 million units this year as the wearables market is still 'immature.' The Apple Watch, like iPhones, may feature design changes every two years and every alternate 's' model will feature only internal upgrades.

Existing rumours on the Apple Watch 2 suggest that it 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 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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Apart from these technology upgrades, Apple is also said to be planning several new models that would range between $1000 and $10,000 price tags. This would ensure people with a liking for luxury watches won't have to pay too high a price for the Apple Watch 2. The new models could be given various names like Titanium, Platinum, Tungsten or Palladium.

According to 9to5Mac, Apple in February released a beta version of WatchOS 3 which may officially launch along with Apple Watch 2. The beta version has introduced a revamped Maps app and will let iPhone owners sync multiple Apple Watches with their handsets. The new Maps app now includes a screen of actions along with a Nearby search option powered by Yelp.

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