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Apple's premium smartwatch, the Watch has not reached to all the markets as yet, and rumors around the new generation Watch have already started popping up. A new report coming from Chinese media suggests that the Cupertino giant along with Quanta has started working on the second-generation Watch, and is planning to launch it sometime in 2016. Just as Apple does with all its other products, this time as well the company is keeping details of the new-generation Watch under covers.
Apple Watch was officially made available in India just a few days back for its price starting from a whopping Rs 30,900 for the basic model. This is the company's first smart timepiece that is specs-heavy, seems interesting and is designed well, but at the same time it does miss some important features that are present on rival Android Wear. The Watch has received a bag full of mixed reviews on global platforms. For the next generation Watch, Apple is believed to be working towards improvements and feature additions.
Here are the key things that we get to know from the rumored report about the Apple Watch 2:
Developed by Quanta
As per the Chinese report, Apple will continue to work with Quanta Computer, which developed the first Watch model and will most likely be developing the Apple Watch 2 as well. The chairman of Quanta, Barry Lam, has reportedly confirmed that the second-generation Watch is already under work, but he refused to give any other details related to hardware and other changes in the new Watch.
More durable than earlier
The second model is expected to be almost similar to the current model, but with minor design differences. However, it is believed that Apple will use new materials in the new Watch to make it more durable.
Finally, GPS will be added
The current Watch model lacks GPS module, which makes it dependent on the iPhone or other connected Apple device for tracking footsteps and other fitness regimes. However, the new report suggests that Apple is planning to add a GPS module on the next generation Watch, which will improve user-experience and make the Watch a much more powerful fitness device. Moreover, this will help it monitor fitness activities without the need for an iPhone.
New Features and Improvements
Speaking of the specifications of the new Watch, people close to the matter say that Apple is figuring out ways to add some new features and improvements to the Watch, however nothing is confirmed and there still are not any details available for the same.
Expected release Time
The report also mentions that the Watch 2 will be released in the second quarter of the next year, most likely by June. If the report is to be believed, it seems like Apple is working hard on bring new model to the market at the earliest. The first Watch was announced in September 2014, but launched after 7 months and hit shelves in India earlier this month. This time however Apple might reduce the time gap between the unveiling and launch of the Watch 2 to make it readily available.