Apple Watch 2 in-depth: Every rumour investigated

We speak to the experts about what to expect from the smartwatch sequel
Apple Watch 2 uncovered

Very little is known for sure about the Apple Watch 2, and Cupertino has remained tight-lipped throughout 2016. The only thing for certain is that changes need to be made.

"There were many off-the-shelf, non-ideal or slightly outdated components in the first Watch and all of these can easily be improved on," says Daniel Matte, who leads the Wearable Technology Analysis service at Canalys.

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As the gossip reaches hysterical levels we went in search of the opinions of industry analysts and insiders, to cut through the current rumour crop and tell us which are most likely to become reality.

Apple Watch 2: Built in GPS

The lack of GPS hardware has been a major grumble for current owners serious about fitness tracking. A GPS chip would mean the watch would morph into a more serious running mate, logging workouts and taking it one step closer to cutting its e-leash with the iPhone.

"I think Apple will continue to make the watch truly independent for certain types of use cases, including GPS," saysBernard Desernauts, CEO of Wristly, the largest independent Apple Watch research platform.

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However, Stephen Leech, a Silicon Valley iPhone and iPad developer, believes that Apple are having problems with cellular connectivity that could stop GPS features reaching beyond basic distance reporting:

"I don't think that specification for the phase 2 eSim will be finalised in time for the new wearable's release, so GPS could still be limited for users," he said.

Apple Watch 2: Waterproofing

Taking the watch underwater has been the subject of a lot of the chatter ahead of launch - as well as numerous tests on YouTube, proving that the Watch performs better in the blue stuff than its current IPX7 rating would suggest.

"We've measured swimming as a key activity that Apple Watch owners engage with regularly, so obviously being able to include swimming activity is a natural expectation," reveals Desernauts. "7% of current owners, me included, swim with their Apple Watch despite warnings and potential loss of warranty and a further 14 percent regularly bathe and shower with it. So, all in all, it's pretty clear that increasing from IPX7 to higher levels of waterproofness would yield improved market attractiveness."

Apple Watch 2: Battery life

When the world's leading semiconductor IP company ARM revealed a brand new design for a CPU for use in wearables this year, many believed that it was destined for the new Watch to improve battery life. However, Apple analyst Rene Ritchie is not convinced. "It's just not a possibility," says Ritchie, "like an ARM reference design for a company that makes its own ARM IP."

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However, further rumours that the S1 processor that ran the show in the first watch will be replaced with a shrunken 16nm S2 chip, appear to be founded on fact. "I think it's likely that the Apple Watch 2 will have significantly better battery life and moderately better performance because of the latest chipset fabrication processes," reveals Daniel Matte. This would potentially free up room for some of the health sensors that, Matte believes, will be delivered with the new product.

Apple Watch 2: Apple Watch S

There's a lot of chatter that we will not even be seeing a '2' when Tim Cook takes to the stage. Instead, he will be holding an 'S' and the product will follow the same upgrade programme as the iPhone. This would mean that we would see a device where all the changes happen under the hood, with spec upgrades and minimal design tweaks.

"Personally, I think that there will be enough going on when the next product ships to justify a 2 tag," says Stephen Leech. "In this instance, I think it's a possibility that there could be a dual release. For example, a product that carries GPS and a faster processor and one that only ships with the processor. This means that Apple can shout about the new Watch and a "starting at" price that's significantly lower than the high end product that every one will be lusting after."

Apple Watch 2: Micro LED screen

In 2014, with very little fanfare, Apple swooped on LuxVue Technology, a Santa Clara display developer with a focus on low power, microLED displays.

The acquisition has fuelled rumours that they would look to introduce the technology as soon as there was a need and it was cost effective. And when it

comes to the Apple Watch, there is certainly a need."The display on the Apple Watch is terrible and is practically useless in direct sunlight," says analyst Stefan Svartling. "Apple needs to give it a better display," he continued.

Micro LED offers broader colour range and brightness settings making them more efficient than the current watch's AMOLED display.

"The size of display on the Apple Watch perfectly suits this emerging technology," says display technology engineer Adam D'Souza. "And as it looks like a thinner watch isn't a priority for Apple at this stage of their tick tock cycle a Micro LED would make even more sense to slim down the bulky casing."However, the real question with Micro LED isn't if, but when.

"Micro LED panels are still more expensive to produce than OLED," adds D'Souza. "I believe the margins are still too great for Apple to commit to the technology for the next Watch. Instead, I think we will only get to see Micro LED in the third quarter of 2017."

Apple Watch 2: Front Facing Camera

Think of the many ways that Apple has revolutionised our lives: changing the way we communicate with one another, how we go online and listen to music. And now, with the next Watch, it seems that they also want to revolutionise how we FaceTime our mums and take post workout selfies. A 2016 patent, filed by Apple, features a front facing camera, integrated into the top bezel.

"This would be a radical departure from the current Apple Watch, and I'd consider it too soon for it to happen," says Ramon Llamas, an influential wearables analyst at IDC. "A front-facing camera has yet to catch on in the market. Remember the very first Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch? It came with a camera, and then was subsequently removed from further iterations because the resolution wasn't great, and it also had a certain creepiness factor to it."

Apple Watch 2: Less reliance on iPhone

Another insightful nugget of Wristly research revealed that using Apple Watch apps without the iPhone topped the demands of users, with 80% of respondents stating it was "very important". Now, with watchOS3 their wishes have been granted.

Access to cloud and internet will soon cease to be chaperoned from the iPhone, believes the Wristly boss. "I don't expect LTE to be available by default to all Apple Watch models," says Desernauts. "I see it more akin to iPad where an option for it could be made available, while it remains non essential for the base product. I also don't think the technology is sufficiently advanced in terms of radio and power consumption to provide this without a "smartband" extension of the product."

Apple Watch 2: Third party battery straps

Apple has been keeping the US patent office busy this year and have filed (and been granted) a new patent named "modular functional band links for wearable devices" that has caused commentators to believe that the next incarnation will be supported by a host of clever cuffs.

When the new WatchOS update disabled diagnostic port access the Reserve Strap and other similar third party straps that were already out there became redundant. This leads a lot of analysts to believe that Apple are working on straps in-house, but haven't got the product they want yet.

"It's pretty clear that Apple was quite interested in the battery band and they invited Reserve Strap's team to their offices and bought a bunch of their units," says George Jijiashvili, an analyst for CCS Insight, who specialises in wearable technology.

"There is a possibility that Apple might open up a programme for third-party Apple Watch straps and accessories, like Pebble has with their smartwatches. But since this is Apple, I'd expect it to prefer having complete control over its hardware and all this this leads me to believe that an own-branded battery watch strap is likely to be released within the next year."

Apple Watch 2: "Greeting" info exchange

Say 'hello' to what has been one of the most talked about Watch patents this year – "greeting exchange" – which allows you to swap data by high five, fist bump, handshake, hug or bow. It's thought the ability to exchange files between watches could extend to being able to set the watch to tailor what info it pushes to another device after it detects a certain gesture – a handshake with a business contact or a man hug with a mate.

"The technology is already there and this just seems to be a cool bit of functionality that was made for the Watch," says Leech. "It's a bit gimmicky, but will probably distract a lot of potential buyers from the fact that they are, essentially, buying an Apple Watch S."

Apple Watch 2: Additional buttons

The Watch' s Digital Crown has had a patent makeover with two buttons stuck onto the, previously plain, left hand ridge of the watch. There's no functionality detailed in the patent application except a general comment that they could be capacitive or physical.

"A downside of the Apple Watch, is that accessing your most-used features requires you to stop, look at the screen, and with almost surgical precision navigate to a particular app on a small screen," says Jijiashvili.

"I think it would be logical to allow users themselves to decide what those buttons do. With physical buttons, you can, for example, quickly check the football scores, weather or access the music player – all while on the move. Usefulness of programmable physical buttons is something that I've personally found very useful and intuitive when using Pebble and I believe this will be a welcome addition to the Apple Watch."

However, not everyone is convinced.

"Do we really need more tiny buttons to do things that the UI might do in a simpler, more natural way?" argues watch designer Daniel Will Harris. "Does it always have to be about hardware? I guess if that's what you think you're selling, it does. But Apple should know better than that, their customers aren't really buying hardware; they're buying a promise and a dream. Dreams should have fewer buttons, not more."

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  • tbeauford says:

    The apple watch looks 1000% better than nearly all of the smart watches out there, especially the ones that are primarily focused on fitness.

    • Kacierae says:

      Very true! I like my Apple Watch and I don't think it's ugly. They could definitely make it more stylish, but it is one of the most attractive a sleek designed wearable that functions well as a fitness tracker and serves many other purposes. I had a Fitbit Surge for about a week, before getting my Apple Watch, it was clunky and very ugly! I did not regret returning it and spending just $100 more for the Apple Watch.

    • Gaby2 says:

      there's no comparison with the garmin fenix 3 hr is in another level, Apple Watch has way to go. 

      • Jj87 says:

        I almost died laughing at this ridiculous comment. Can you send text messages or make phone calls on the garmin fenix 3? Can you receive email? You're comparing apples and oranges. Stop embarrassing yourself. 

        • Bendito says:

          Cannot believe this comment. With three times less money for my device, I can follow & record my tracks without any phones connected meantime, because its GPS. And, of course, I can see as well my emails & messages. So, please, do not sell Apple Watch is useful for features you can find within $100 devices.

      • Craig_Marks says:

        The Garmin Fenix 3 has to be one of the ugliest watches I have ever encountered ... period.

        • voodoochildaro says:

          I own both Fenix 3 and Apple watch, they are simply two different things. When it's time to get serious about fitness and performance there's no contest, Fenix is hands down winning, the Apple watch is pretty much cool and works perfectly with the iPhone (indeed) but honestly, I don't need a watch to do things I can do with the phone. You simply can't compare them, they are just two different things and,call me crazy, but I love the Fenix (I got the all black) and I daily dress it. 

    • leetaylor72 says:

      The apple watch is without any design merit; it is a square with rounded corners. The interface is deceptive, inefficient, and 90% unnecessary graphics. It is a gadget, not jewellery. Pebble seem to be on the right track. Pebble have an always on screen, adorned with most of the information you need to search for in the apple watch, but just there all the time. Also, there's a lot of advantages to the button navigation system, although an option for touch would be advantageous. Apple users will always love any apple product, because it serves their true need - the projection of wealth. I have had them all, and feel no need to project anything, although I do need functionality. I suggest buyers list their needs before they waste more money.

      • mr_smoothie says:

        I'm not a dedicated Apple user, but I got the Watch as soon as it came out. There is a trust factor that at least you won't find an Apple device a piece of junk after you have bought it. I like the design because it makes no statement. It's a blackout watch with black band that nobody notices. I don't like to let it light up around others, prefer to use it ninja style. I lost 30 lbs using diet and the watch. One glance and I can tell whether I will have a surprise the next morning on the bathroom scale. For me that's the bottom line.

      • xToddrick says:

        Actually's a rectangle which is the most functional choice for a device that displays data, images,  application interfaces, and video.  Apple did an excellent design job and my has proved it's worth over the past thirteen months.

    • Proteas1992 says:

      in fact it's the ugliest/bulkiest device. It's not normal to have a boxy watch! 

      • moonunit500 says:

        Said no watch designer EVER, have you looked at the most expensive TAG, Audemars etc, no, square watches are normal in design, and you clearly have never actually held a high end watch, if you think the Apple Watch is bulky.

  • mrla says:

    i have really enjoyed upswing my apple watch I don't thinkninwould change the much it's still the best thing out there 

    • Twit says:

      youchould really working onnyour commmunicationskliss.

    • leetaylor72 says:

      You can't even spell!

      • TWC says:

        This post is supposed to be comprised of comments on the Apple watch "not" a lesson in spelling!  Remember, we are dealing with many people whose primary language may not be English.

  • troyangrignon says:

    Great summary.

  • pvogel says:

    Needs to alert when the phone is out of proximity like the Pebble does, that's saved me from leaving my phone behind in some very inconvenient places many times.

    • daisy says:

      it dose it shows a red pone one the top 

      • junmack says:

        It would be nice if it did the haptic tap to let you know you're out of range. I'm not always looking at my watch to know if I've gone too far. 

    • valit says:

      And the other way around! I lost my Apple Watch and no way to find it or even ping it to see if it's nearby! 

      • xToddrick says:

        I believe watchOS 3 will have that feature.

  • suejom66 says:

    I guess the one big question you have to ask is whether the technology is all there yet? And by including one thing are you compromising on another. For example, having GPS will mean that the battery will run out sooner unless the battery technology is improved tenfold. For runners, maybe yes. For me, I have found the Activity and Workout apps work well enough for  me for now.

    I know a lot people like round faces but that's because our brains are trained to believe that a watch should be round. It's only because traditional analogue watches had round pieces working within the watch. Who says a watch has to be round to be attractive? I love my Apple Watch Sport. It works the way I believe it is supposed to work. I don't find myself looking at my phone half as much, and it doesn't bother me that other people can't see the screen. After all, I bought the watch for me, not to show off to other people.

    As far as apps go, I haven't really used any besides the built in Apple ones but from what I hear, many of the apps still need to be simplified in order to be useful.

    I know Apple had to compromise somewhat on sensors, etc, to put this watch out on time. But maybe by the time the second iteration of the watch is released, we will see lots of new improvements. However, if you expect too much, you will more than likely be disappointed. Besides, I don't believe there is any perfect solution to the perfect smart watch. Everyone has different needs and expectations and you can never please everybody. What works well for someone, will more than likely not be to someone else's taste. That's just the way the world is.

    Let's just hope, there are improvements in the whole smart watch world, no matter what the brand!

    • LukeColella says:

      Suejom, would you mind telling me your experience with the apple watch? I know that the new one is coming out soon, but I'm itching to get one soon, and I want to know your overall day to day with the watch and it's functionality. 

      • suejom66 says:

        I've been using it since May last year and have enjoyed it. It's especially good for notifications and while the fitness part of it isn't that exciting, you can use third party apps that will work towards filling your three activity rings. It's also comfortable. I like the Apple Sport but I hear that if you drop it face down on a hard surface, it will more than likely break. Luckily, I haven't done this. Touch wood! Having to charge it every night isn't that big a deal since you are having to charge your phone at the same time anyway, but I do wish it lasted somewhat longer. Overall, I like it. When they first announced it, I was most excited by the medical side of things but that side of it is still pretty limited. Give it another few years though and things might be different. I would recommend the Sport but I don't think I'd want to shell out the big money on the Watch until the specs improve. I hope this helps.

        • maltyhotline says:

          Hi. I had an apple watch from day one. Then at Christmas I sold it along with my iPhone and went to Android. 

          Now I love Apple products and still have a Macbook and iPad. But to me, there were a number of issues that caused this huge swing (and with my iPhone as well but that's a separate issue) 

          Apps were very laggy. Some apps took upwards of 5 mins to activate (Weather apps) and get localised readings. Some just hung. The complications for third party apps were the same, just did not refresh as quick as you would expect.

          Heart rate monitor. Accurate yes, to be used as a serious heart monitor for training, no. Once your heart rate increased above a certain threshold (I found 146 bpm) the watch could not keep up. Coupled with it having to be in just the right spot, you would lose connection.

          This then would lead to inaccurate workouts. Going for a jog would be fine. Circuits or anything fast paced, its not suited.

          Then you have to consider as it does not have GPS you need your phone if you want to track your run.

          Battery life. My current android watch leaves me with average of 54% at the end of the day and that's with having an ambient mode on. Ah yes no Ambient mode. You can't glance and check the time, you have to move or tap the watch. This to me became frustrating as time wore on. I think  This story is right, the watch is trying to do too much. I thought the watch could do it all. Iwas wrong. I have a dedicate fitness watch with a chest HRM. A seperate fitness tracker that monitors my sleep. (Left on all night no worries abut going flat) and an Android watch that allows me to select and adjust watch faces to look like.. watch faces.

          Apple  should have allowed devs to build faces that can be personalised further. But at the end of the day, you may have umpteen straps but the faces are still very limited (apart from the photos face) 

          Android watches have thousands (Okay some are terrible, but at least i have a choice, or build my own from the ground up).

          I'm hoping watch 2 answers some of these issues for me and I'd happily go back. 

          Build and looks Apple watch is number 1. The eco system cannot be beaten. But to me I think the software was unfinished, hence the sale and my current multi watch setup.

  • xiatianfa says:

    add ant+ connectivity, than you can really connect it to some serious external sensors.

    • suejom66 says:

      I agree. Although, you can still connect it to a bluetooth HR strap. Do you find this inferior to a ANT+ one? Or do you mean bike sensors, etc.?

  • xiatianfa says:

    they should add ant+ connectivity, this would really shake up the fitness wearable world. You could than connect it to multiple sensors at once, and free up the Bluetooth to listen to music.

  • narutoben10af says:

    Front camera should be added as well as speaker improvements so music can be played on the watch without headphones. 

    • yup says:

      music is meant to be played through head phones or in the privacy of your own space. no one needs to listen or hear YOUR music. this is whats wrong with society. 

      • Nope says:

        I don't think hearing other people's music is societies main concern. And I'm sure the previous commenter was hoping to free up the Bluetooth connectivity for Bluetooth headphones. Nobody goes to the gym or for a run and has music playing from a watch or any other external speakers for that matter. Come on, now. Think! (Lack of thinking, not that is the PROBLEM with society).

        • fb_1997295 says:

          You're wrong! I have the misfortune of riding a long train at the airport the other day in which a guy was playing his music over the speaker of his iPhone 6 Plus. Not only was he playing it so everyone could hear it but he was apparently suffering frommusical ADHD and never played one song the whole way annoying!

        • metheliving says:

          I ride the metro daily to work and have the misfortune of being forced to listen to many different obnoxious human's music playing out of their phones in a public space. In the gym - there are people who play loud music as well. You must not live in a big city.

  • Khushrav says:

    Traditionally, the watch is for keeps or for many years. So while new hardware may come in, the existing one must have the capability to be upgraded - I'm referring to battery, chip, sensors.

    One big feature could be the option to send quick SOS - send location details to one designated number or emergency services. Also, add a flashlight.

    Option to engrave something on the watch side.  More material options - ceramic, silver alloy, platinum.

  • xToddrick says:

    "It needs to be circular because this is the perfect representation for time,..."

    This comment alone shows he's basically clueless as to what a smartwatch does.

  • aksingh96 says:

    it gonna be a blast 

  • Bijaya says:

    This is the best model that's what I'm waiting for... love......this ROUND MODEl awasome. ... as soon as it release I'm moving to Apple from samsung 

  • LGA says:

    I have decided to buy an Apple watch soon, but after reading about the Apple watch 2 on here I am going to wait for it!  But hurry please, I need a new watch and this is the one I have to have.  Sounds awesome!

  • Jonathanw09 says:

    Looking forward to a XL screen 46x46

  • HSD says:

    I've been looking into the apple watch, it's not yet on the list. still waiting for the 2nd version. This post has some really good insights on what to people are expecting. I hope apple reads this. But In my personal opinion, I always like to think apple likes to sell for the next 10 years as usual. so i'm not so expecting a change in shape for apple watch yet, probably more designs but i think they'll go like the iPhone, apple watch s, 2, 2s, 3 and so on. Technology is moving faster than we would expect, but I always remember one of Jobs's interviews when he said he had the iPad project before iPhone and he put it on the shelves. so yeah I'm expecting a spectacular watch from apple with more greater features. but I'm not expecting MAJOR changes in watch2, still gotta bring out the S version of every apple product!

  • Durf says:

    The ONLY reason I didn't buy the first Apple Watch was because it was not waterproof. If the 2nd version isn't at least as waterproof as my $90 Casio G-Shock watch, I ain't going to buy it the 2nd time around either.

    • TXDave says:

      I agree, If they make this one waterproof to 10Meters like my Casio has been for eons, I'll buy one.  If not, No way I'm buying, period.

      • LukeColella says:

        I was told by an Apple rep at the Apple store that it is water resistant, is that not what you guys feel is enough?

    • moonunit500 says:

      Yeah, because everyone looks at their watch whilst underwater

  • alextj89 says:

    It would be neat if Apple Watch would operate like the Gear S watch were it can work without a phone near by with the use of using a cellphone network.  That way you can leave your cell phone locked in your hotel room or somewhere safe.  You can make and receive calls without having a phone near by, answer texts and so much more. 

    • Boot1014 says:

      I agree this is the reason I didn't purchase. Makes no sense to have the watch and the phone. Samsung has stepped up greatly in having flexibility with having the watch.  Add this plus water resistant that would be awesome. Keep the same design concept I like the square. Color schemes I really dig.  

  • Mars says:

    I trailed the Apple Watch on release & I must admit I liked much of the functionality of it...however compared to many other smartwatches available it failed on a few fronts. Primarily on price, it was/is absurd & it's no wonder the device hasn't sold as well as it should've. It's far more expensive then it needed to be, particularly the stainless steel watch variants because Apple just can't compete in the same price bracket with traditional watch makers on the quality of materials & design front...Secondly the size of the watch screen. If Apple wants a squarish watch face then make it a big one, so as to allow the time apps to be easily readable. If the watch body was circular it would still need to be a minimum 45mm diameter to provide better touch screen real estate....but in its current form the watch apps on even the 42mm watch are too small because the width doesn't allow for a decent viewing substraight...

    Price to high, watchface too small...longevity is questionable. if Apple addresses these issues amongst the other shortcomings with the next incarnation of the Apple Watch I'll be more likely to consider it as a viable watch and indulge with a purchase...

  • daniellamontero says:

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  • AppleRepairShop says:

    Smartbands are where it's at... Limitless potential.

  • raisamatthews21 says:

    Apple watch is now on sale only on BestSmartwatchOffers:com

  • NotReady---Yet says:

    Apple Watch is cool, but not what I want.

    I want a watch where the display wraps around my arm - think flexible OLED. The battery should be in the wrist band as well to make it run longer. We can let go of the model from 200 years ago with a watch and band now that we have the technology to do this differently.

  • MrBillData says:

    Why has no one, even Apple, thought to make a flexible battery watch band? It seems like a perfectly simple answer to the battery life problem. I work it out that a 1.4mm by 5mm strip 8cm long would provide approximately 16 times the current battery life.

  • Gummybear says:

    I make my battery on the I watch last for two days by switching to power reserve in the evening.

    But a longer battery life would be better.

  • nissan1 says:

    would like to have golf course info distance to holes etc incorporated in apple watch with opts it has now with golf info it would be more complete

    • MatthewLeeHood says:

      you can get Apps for that! GolfShot is a brilliant example

  • Sccrvetttel82 says:

    the big problem for Apple is that the iPhone can't handle Bluetooth headsets, Bluetooth watch, and wifi at the same time. Wifi slows to nearly .01Mbps with all three in use it the headset cuts out. If Apple plans to eliminate the audio jack in favor of Bluetooth headphones, the watch or phone will be useless.

    • tpeelstand says:

      I routely have 2 - 3 bluetooth devices paired and active with my iPhone 6s and have never had an issue. Not sure what you mean my "iPhone can't handle Bluethooth headsets". I use my bluetooth headset with my iPhone all the time, never any issues. On a regular day I have my Pebble Time Steel, Bluetooth headset and logitech bluetooth keyboard all active and linked up with bluetooth to my iPhone 6s. Wifi still works great and all 3 bluetooth devices pair without issue.

  • theresalobo says:

    Grab a smartwatch at a discounted price only at SmartwatchOffers:com

  • Pinksteel says:

    If only the new watch would incorporate golf course GPS so that it would replace the golf watch Gps.  I tried downloading a gps to my Apple Watch 1 but it wasn't user friendly as it wouldn't stay on the app constantly.  I returned the 1st watch in hopes the next edition will be more user friendly.  Will buy the 2nd one regardless...loved the watch!

  • somniumus says:

    Who cares what Daniel Will-Harris thinks of apple design? It's like a garage hobbyist advising NASA.

  • Jgaskins says:

    No GPS = Useless to me. 

  • tpeelstand says:

    For my money I'll stick with my Pebble Time Steel. It works great with my iPhone 6s and I only have to charge it once every 7-8 days. However, it wold be nice to get wifi added to smartwatches.

  • rudolfsardaryan says:

    I'm pretty sure it's gonna be Apple Watch s model like the phones. To think all the money people spent for the watch please bands and so on will get a new complete watch a year later is wrong in every way.  I would complain till I'd get an upgrade 

  • SyoGhost says:

    I'm Waiting for Celular, got enough in my pockets

  • tommy1937 says:

    I am waiting for APPLE WATCH with A SOS FEATURE + STANDALONE + eSim ......I am an APPLE PERSON ...... a 79 year old pensioner.....Come on, APPLE SMART GUYS...

    Tom:-)30.5.2016/ 9.21pm

  • krazydebug says:

    No need to fight on this. Apple watch is a toy, a fashion, but not a sports equipment. Using AW as running gadget is more ridiculous than running with an elephant costume. For many people this is a short cut to their iPhone in daily routines. If that is your cue, Apple Watch is the one you should get. But if you are to aim at a good exercise companion, AW is more like a garbage. Many friends of mine have already put their AW in their drawers and went back to Garmin Forerunner. Two crucial things: waterproof, GPS. Personally I will not get one until GPS is inside that thing, at least.

  • williamthom says:

  • VitaminCeCe says:

    I hope they can improve on battery life more than anything--that way sleep tracking and more regular HR tracking could be incorporated.  

    I've also had issues where the back of the Apple Watch comes off when pulling it from the charger--in for repairs for second time. That is a bit of bad engineering they could fix easily--don't use glue that breaks down when people wear bug spray.

  • Truckinon says:

    if new Apple Watch is waterproof and has gps will buy 

  • jlew33 says:

    No where in this was the ability to type text messages. I think that would be a huge addition to the apple watch. also the ability to actually read articles on the watch would be sweet. idk if that is through the app its self or just cause the watch cant handle it. Thats something I would like to see.

  • IamanApeMan says:

    I would actually like to buy one but won't until Apple includes GPS and the watch can do everything that my Garmin can do without having to be tethered to my phone. I get that not everyone is a runner but I just can't understand why Apple doesn't seem interested in this segment of users. It must be a pretty big market as it supports Garmin, TomTom, Suunto and all the rest. A lot of us would switch over to AppleWatch if it had the functionality, and yes, if it was waterproof. And if we could be sure it would last more than a couple of years before getting left behind by software updates (iPhone I'm looking at you). 

    Of course Apple can do whatever it wants. That's just, like, my opinion man.

  • Gum says:

    I want a smartphone that has no tether to apple. For non-phone functions, I do not want a device that can't work without cell phone service or a Wi-Fi internet service. I don't want Apple producing Siri, but the Watch producing Siri. Next best wud have Siri, reminder making, alarm making active when Blue toothed to an iphone, but not needing internet or cell phone service.

  • colorblindphoto says:

    I think the odds are small but what I really want for Xmas or anytime this fall is a round Apple Watch like  the one pictured above. What does everyone think of my chances?

  • guidojcruz says:

    Still needs to be a great looking watch, and it's not. The current "analog" faces don't use well the space. It should avoid the "circle inside the square". Apple should learn from the best classic square watches. Like Hermes did with their version. And learning from those, the complications could be partially hidden, or "behind" when the watch hands are over them. It would not stop functionality, and it would be better aesthetically. 

  • mojaleski says:

    I want the watch to have a magnifier to click I cannot read the screen even when the font is as large as I can set it...and fonts don't get bigger on the 42 than they are on the 38...I tried both in the store.  I also want to wear it during water aerobics as well as swimming...and facetime is a must for me to buy it.  Also the woman at the apple store told me the aluminum case glass would scratch but not shatter and the stainless would not scratch BUT that the stainless would shatter if dropped on hard floor.   It is truly ridiculous that Apple cannot take care of both making it highly scratch and shatter resistant!  Good to know.  I want one now...but I will wait.

  • browneyedgal says:

    Does anybody use their apple watch for swim workouts, e.x. count laps? If so, how?

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