It’s been just two months since Apple’s first wearable, the Apple Watch started selling in the market and there are already reports about some of the features of the next generation model of the device. The latest news comes via 9to5Mac which reports that the Second Generation Apple Watch could sport a camera on the bezel as well as an independent Wi-Fi chip among other features. At present, the watch has to rely on the connected phone’s Wi-Fi to access internet.
Fitting a camera on the next generation model will definitely be an interesting move from the Cupertino giant. However, this decision does have its advantages as well as disadvantages. For example, users could now take selfies and even make video calls with a camera on board. But, given the average battery life of the device, one cannot expect users to use it for a long time. A camera on board will drain battery life much faster than a regular model.
Also, smartwatches are not ideal devices to make or receive video calls, given that it will be hard for users to create a comfortable angle. But, it won’t be the first time a smartwatch maker has fitted a camera on its wearable. Samsung has already released camera equipped smartwatches in the market last year. Also, the next generation model is expected to come with an independent Wi-Fi chip, further reducing its reliance on the connected smartphone. At present, to update apps and other features, users have to pair their watches with an internet connected smartphone. However, the function is highly limited. Apple has designed the watch to use Wi-Fi primarily for creating and updating backups online.
Apple Watch users are reportedly happy with the battery life of their devices. However, its battery life is not up to the mark as compared to other competitors. Also, in case of heavy usage, the watch may not even last up to a day. But, the report says that the company, at present, is not looking to increase the battery on the device. So, the next generation could feature a similar battery life as the current version.
Given that the first generation Apple Watch is just two months old, the next version will probably debut only in 2016. Apple usually sticks to the tradition of unveiling a successor after every year, and if that’s the case, expects the new Apple Watch to debut sometime around Q2 2016.
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