In addition to predicting an all-new Apple Watch 2 with a GPS, barometer, larger battery, faster CPU and more, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo today claimed that the upgraded first-generation Apple Watch models with faster TSMC-built processor alongside superior waterproofing will likely to be launched in the second half of 2016.
The same channel has now released on investor note hinting that two Apple Watch variants are upcoming, and will be launching this year, probably alongside the iPhone 7/7 Plus. Kuo said the upgraded Apple Watch 1 models will not have a GPS, barometer, or other large additions reversed for the Apple Watch 2, nor will be waterproofing regeneration be as significant, suggesting only an incremental refresh of internal hardware.
However, the Apple Watch devices are said to retain a similar form factor, nothing more than that for now. Analyst expects another Apple Watch price cut once the new models are launched, but he didn’t specified whether the reduction will apply to existing first-batch of Watch models, upgraded models, Apple Watch 2 models, or some combination of the three lineups.
Although, Apple lowered the starting price of the Apple Watch Sport to $299 in March, with a saving of $50 compared to the device’s initial $349 launch price in April 2015.
Apple was pushing iPhone and Apple Watch sales together, so refreshed models of each device launching in tandem would be recognized. With the September-bound iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus launch date rumored, with pre-orders possibly starting a week earlier on 9th. So all-new Apple Watch 2 and upgraded Apple Watch 1 models could debut around those deal dates.
Finally, it is given the fact that both the next iPhone and the Apple Watch 2 will be unveiled officially later next month.
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