The Apple Watch 2 Will Have GPS and a Larger Battery, Release Date Announced

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A new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, obtained by AppleInsider, sheds some light on the second coming of the Apple Watch. It’s slated to arrive later this year, along with an updated version of the original.

The Apple Watch 2 is said to share the same design as its predecessor but will get a GPS radio and barometer for improved geolocation capabilities. It’ll also have a larger battery to better support the new components but its bulk will prevent Apple from slimming the new watch’s profile. Apple Watch bringing improved intervals like a faster 16nm processor from TSMC and enhanced waterproofing.

There are also rumors earlier this year about LTE support coming to the Apple Watch. Kuo expects that to arrive only in 2017, which means you won’t see a model capable of receiving phone calls and data on its own this year. A redesign of the wearable may only happen in 2018.

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