It was only a matter of time until something like this started to filter down through the channels. Apple’s iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus handsets have been with us for only a few weeks, but some analysts are already starting to make predictions and assumptions about the iPhone 7. Now, the same attention is being paid to the Apple Watch, with a new report suggesting that Apple is already in the middle of a design-and-build roadmap that could see the second-generation Apple Watch making an appearance in the third-quarter of 2016.
Chinese media outlet UDN is citing a number of comments that were allegedly made during a meeting with one Barry Lam, who just happens to be the chairman and founder of Quanta Computer, a company that Apple deals directly with as a manufacturing partner for the Apple Watch. The comments and suggestions pertaining to a potential second-generation Apple Watch being introduced next year won’t come as a shock to anyone, but the potential third-quarter release suggestion will raise a few eyebrows amongst those who expect a twelve month cycle.
Apple initially put the current Apple Watch model up for sale earlier this year in April. A third-quarter release would mean that Apple would be looking at an almost 18 month wait before introducing a new model. If true, it’s actually something that existing owners of the maiden Apple Watch would welcome considering that they have parted with a fair bit of cash to own the company’s first intelligent timepiece. However, those who have been waiting patiently for the Apple Watch 2 before jumping on the wearable bandwagon will be in for a longer than expected wait.
The information that’s filtering into the public domain from Chinese media sources doesn’t make any specific references to potential changes or amendments that could ship with an Apple Watch 2. However, as we already know, Apple has been investing time and resources into its “tether-less” technology that could see a device such as the Apple Watch have less of a reliance on being connected to iPhone to perform certain functionality.
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