We don’t need an official confirmation to know that Apple intends to release a second smartwatch. The Apple Watch may not be doing all that well by Apple’s standards, but considering how the wearable market is still in its infancy, and all of the other smartwatches out there aren’t selling nearly as well, the Apple Watch has definitely been a success. Now, a new report from UDN claims that Apple has started developing the next-generation Apple Watch, which is expected to hit the market in Q3 2016.
It seems relatively obvious that Apple will launch a second generation Apple Watch. The company’s new wearable is selling well enough, and Apple has continued to release new colors while developers publish additional applications. That’s why it comes as no surprise today to read a report from UDN that Apple’s second generation Apple Watch is in development. A rough translation of the article suggests that Apple has tapped Quanta for the Apple Watch 2, which is expected to ship during the third quarter of next year. The wearable will feature “fully upgraded hardware and software,” UDN said, cautioning that it’s still in the “development stage.” The news outlet didn’t offer any indication as to what Apple might do to improve the wearable, but we have a few ideas. Battery life, while OK on the Apple Watch, could be improved to last several days at a minimum. Additionally, Apple outfitted the first Apple Watch with a heart rate sensor, but it seems like there’s room for new sensors that can tap into other features of Apple Health. Apps are still pretty solid, but many of them are still slow, so I’d also like to see a faster processor on board.