According to anonymous sources, next model of Apple watch is slated for 2016, and it would have new features including a video chat camera and a system that provides more autonomy from the iPhone.
We learned about the news Thursday via the 9to5Mac site which cited “multiple sources familiar” with the matter. Sources also claim that Apple could expand its line of premium priced models. Currently, the retail price of the basic Sport model of the device is $349, while the gold version can reach $17,000.
Unfortunately, the company didn’t reveal any plan to upgrade the device’s battery life, which is about 18 hours for every charge. Some users even reported that they have managed to push its limits to 41 hours by switching off nearly all its functions and keep it run at a minimum.
Apple Watch was first launched in April this year, and was a huge success despite fierce competition from Samsung, Sony, Pebble, Motorola, Huawei and LG. According to a digital commerce research firm, about 2.8 million of Apple smart-watches were sold in the U.S. until mid-June, while 20 percent of buyers also bought an additional wrist band which costs $49.
Analysts estimate that by the end of the year sales would reach 15 million to 30 million. But Apple refuses to disclose the exact sale volume in its quarterly report so we may have to wait a little more before we learn the exact figures.
Until Wednesday, Apple Watch was only available online. But as of June 18, the devices hit Apple retail stores.
Strategy Analytics estimated that Apple would sell more than 15 million smart-watches by the end of the year. Apple’s competitors combined sell about 12.7 million pieces every year, the market research firm reported.
Currently, Apple Watch heavily relies on a iPhone5 or later models to run most of its app, make or receive phone calls and use the notification system. But for the new version of the wearable, the company plans to use a wireless chipset that would allow users to send written text messages or e-mails without an iPhone. Apple’s initiative was dubbed “tether-less,” sources say.
Also, the new Apple Watch may have a video camera on the top edge which would allow users to have access to FaceTime, a video-chatting app, and make video-calls from their wrist.
This month, Apple disclosed WatchOS, an operating system especially designed for its smart-watches. The company said that the new OS would allow apps to run directly from the devices and thus to become more independent from the smartphone. The update will be rolled out this fall.
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