The Apple Watch was quite the sensation this year, but ultimately, after initial numbers were in and analysts ready with their estimates, the device itself was more of a flop for the company. But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a success for the industry, as thanks to the Apple Watch, wearables have become much more popular over the last few months since its official launch. But Tim Cook and co. are not discouraged by bad media as an insider tipped us that they’re already working on a new Apple Watch, the Apple Watch 2.0.
The Apple Watch 2.0 is a mystery and although our tipster is reliable, they can’t guarantee that the information is 100 % correct. As such, I advise you to take this information with a grain of salt. Nonetheless, the things they said about the new Apple Watch to be released next year are juicy to say the least. As Motorola, Asus, Huawei and LG work their way up the wearable ladder at IFA Berlin this year, Apple is silently working on their own surprise.
According to an insider that is supposedly involved in the engineering process of the Apple Watch, next year’s big thing will be the Apple Watch 2.0. The new wearable from Apple is supposedly going to reinvent the wheel and the people working on the device, including Jony Ive, are more open about innovation this time around. The features of the new watch will be open to third-party developers and access is going to be made much easier with a new development community.
At the same time, the Apple Watch 2.0 is going to improve on the aspects that it failed at, such as design, versatility and battery life, as well as features. The first thing that we learned would be implemented in the new Apple Watch is IP68 certification, making the watch dust- and waterproof. There are few waterproof smart watches out there so releasing an Apple one would definitely tag a big crowd.
Besides waterproof certification, the Apple Watch 2.0 will also feature its own GPS, thus fitness tracking, driving, biking and mapping routes will be possible without an iPhone, and that’s spectacular. According to our insider, Tim Cook wants the Apple Watch to act alone, too, not just tied into the iPhone. Although the initial marketing strategy of the company involved convincing more and more people to get iPhones in order to experience the Apple Watch, it seems like Tim saw the fault in that and is positioning the new generation of the Apple Watch differently.
Instead of making the Apple Watch 2.0 even more premium with diamonds or whatnot, it is said that Apple will divide it into three variants once again. This time, the Apple Watch 2.0 Sport will actually be made with athletes in mind and will feature waterproof certification, GPS and an improved heart rate monitor that’s actually not optical – thus not interfering with tattoos. The standard version of the Apple Watch will also feature GPS, but it won’t have waterproof certification and the third variant will be the premium variant, and it will even feature biometric security – although we’re unsure whether using a fingerprint sensor, eye-tracking technology or something else.
What’s more is that the Apple Watch 2.0 will actually feature a round display, similar to a small post-modern piece of art. The display will be curved and it will include new features, not just Force Touch. Input is going to be different and the crown will be redesigned so that it’s easier to use. The rounded shape of the display is very interesting and our source tells us it has a very special purpose. But they weren’t willing to give us a hint as to what that purpose will be. Alas.
In any case, if these tips are true, the Apple Watch 2.0 might have a good shot at turning wearables into must-haves, rather than gimmicky toys, as they are perceived right now. Apple is famous for being able to turn lame into trendy, so that’s what’s bound to happen with their next wearable, as long as they actually listen to what people want.