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While the Apple Watch has yet to expand to more markets, Apple is already hard at work on a second-generation model. Reportedly due for release next year, the Apple Watch 2 should elevate your experience with a built-in FaceTime video camera for videoconferencing and improved Wi-Fi features for greater iPhone independence.

Interestingly enough, the device is said to retain the battery life of the original model, at lest according to sources familiar with Apple’s plans who spoke with 9to5Mac.

A video camera should be integrated into the top bezel, allowing for FaceTime video calls directly from your wrist. As for enhanced Wi-Fi features, the report doesn’t go into details beyond stating that the device will “have more functionality when used independently from an iPhone,” an initiative writer Mark Gurman says Apple calls internally “tether-less.”

“Tether-less” will be allegedly achieved by integrating “a more dynamic wireless chipset” into the device. Among other things, this new chipset is said to support a Find My Watch feature via Wi-Fi router triangulation.

It should be noted that the watchOS 2 software update and upcoming native apps will bring greater iPhone independence to the current-generation models: native apps will run directly on watch hardware, be permitted to tap into its sensors and communicate directly with known Wi-Fi hotspots using the new Tetherless Wi-Fi feature.

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As for the Apple Watch 2 battery life, it should stay roughly the same, or be marginally better than the current-generation model.

The publication adds that Apple will expand the Apple Watch lineup beyond today’s Sport, Steel and Edition models with additional premium-priced SKUs said to “sit between the highest-end stainless steel Apple Watch and the entry-level 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition,” possibly using new materials like titanium, tungsten, palladium or platinum.

The Apple Watch 2 should be released some time in 2016.

Source: 9to5Mac

  • Manor

    Why would you need a FaceTime camera on your watch?

    • This is the question that came to my mind upon reading this article.

      Why, oh, why oh why would anyone need to use FaceTime from an Apple Watch?

      The quality would be awful…

      • Ha call quality, just imaging how much faster the battery would die too.

    • So you can talk to your wrist while facetiming.

      • Manor

        Because talking to your wrist wasn’t ridiculous enough…

      • Lol I didn’t say it was a good idea, you only asked why.

    • I honestly have wanted this feature several times since using my Apple Watch. It would be very convenient to answers FT calls directly from my watch.

      • Manor

        Usually FaceTime calls, at least for me, are pretty long, and I don’t think it is convenient and healthy to hold your hand up for a long time.

      • :D

        For long calls, you’d probably want to use your phone or rest your arm on a desk. For short calls, this is perfect.

      • EXACTLY!

      • George

        Well that’s ridiculously dumb.

      • Mr.Coolfreak

        Didn’t you once bash the Samsung Galaxy wear for having a camera?

      • Kurt

        Not sure if he said it but so many people on here sure did. lol

      • Lucus Bendzsa

        As long as it was super easy to transfer long calls to iPhone. Though, I cannot see Apple implementing this…….

    • Manuel Molina

      I think of back to the future and speaking to people in meetings with your watch if you’re running late or can’t video chat with the person and don’t have your phone. Or even better, you get a call, you can show people concerts or music without pulling out your phone.

  • “The Apple Watch 2 should be released some time in 2016.” They should wait another year.

    • Elias Chao

      I think they should release a new Apple Watch every 2 years. Imagine how are Watch Edition owners feel when their >$10,000 watch went outdated every year.

      • That’s precisely my point.

      • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

        True, they’d feel pretty terrible, however a 10,000 gold first edition apple watch would sell beautifully on eBay for double that price in a couple to a few years.

      • askep3

        It’s still bad with two years, 3 or 5 years would be better

      • Rowan09

        If you have 10 grand for a watch perfectly fine. Apple would give then some deal if after a year (which they don’t do) the Watch becomes unusable.

    • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

      Yeah, wait another year. Then everyone complains that the technology was “old” because competition already has it and has mastered it.

      • Just because they wait doesn’t mean they have to install old upgrade parts. Given the extra year the upgraded parts have more time to get even better. That way it won’t seem like a small minuscule update. Also with that extra time there would be even more hype for its second release.

  • Manor

    I wonder how people would react if they put a FaceTime HD camera in the watch when the new MacBook has a 480p camera

  • VITICO

    I was hoping Apple didn’t make a new watch every year..

    • Byron C Mayes

      Except then they wouldn’t get the business of those who are waiting for the 2nd gen to buy our first one.

    • Hussain Alsanona

      Maybe Apple Watch S

  • Brandon

    a facetime camera would literally go against Apples “bite size” information thing they have going with the watch

  • Another rumor with the obvious. But they missed the real details of Apple Watch 2, like heath sensors that were left off Gen 1. All the more reason why these rumors are just that, rumors. Anyone who has played with Gen 1 can make all those claims. And you’ll see an announcement of Gen 2 in 2016 but a release? No way, that will come before summer 2017. Apple isn’t dumb, they aren’t going to release a watch, ipads, iphones and mac refreshes all in the same time frame. Never have and they never will, they spread out their releases.

    • becoolyolanda

      The watch cycle will not mesh with any of the other products for a lot of reasons – not the least of which would be the initial mixed reactions to the 1st gen – so basically – next year you’ll get the watch you should have gotten this year. And since when did apple care about product cycle-whining?

  • Byron C Mayes

    Two-way wrist TV radio, here we come!

  • Jamessmooth

    Tungsten… Now THAT would be awesome!

  • Mr.Coolfreak

    And when Apple does it, it won’t be creepy. But when Samsung did it it was considered useless

    • Kurt

      Only Samsung copies. When Apple copies its, revolutionary or it was eventually going to come out. Even though their devices look like such rip offs of the Note line. Even the name PLUS came from Samsung. Samsung has had the PLUS as a name for 12 of their phones. Those dots for the speaker grill was first used on an Ativ Windows 8 phone made by Samsung of course. But Remember, only Samesung, Shamesung copies, Apple. Next year we will see an iPhone with an iPen, and no it won’t be considred a rip off of the S-Pen. Healthkit came well after S-Health. PIP, Split screen multitasking, phablet, etc etc etc. All made popular by Samsung. Samsung copies from Apple and sorry to say it to the losers on this website but Apple copies from Samsung too, and lately more.

      • You should know that samesung was not first with ALL of those.. Look back at the first iPhone. The iPhone 6 still looks like it just more evolved. The dots for the speaker grill?? come on are you mad… even the first iPhone had the little holes. Let alone any other device that has speakers. Split screen multitasking came from Windows 8. HTC had the first phones with stylus’s, the first device with stylus’s though were portable PC’s. I don’t know why you want so ride the ‘Samesung was first’ train so hard, only losers are on there.

      • Kurt

        iPhone 4 and 4S were copies of LG Prada. No one could deny that even you. You sound gay for apple.

      • Name calling because I proved you wrong, very mature of you. The 4 and 4S does look like the LG Prada. In fact all phones look like other all rectangular, screens on the front and buttons on the sides they should all sue each other.

      • Kurt

        ‘Hilarious’

  • Seriously FML… last thing I want to hear about is the 2nd version of this fad

  • Lucus Bendzsa

    I am getting a first gen Sport 42 mm blue on Monday. I hope to not se a new watch until 2017.

    Speaking of this, my mom wants me to upgrade my iPad 3 to the Air 2 onMonday! I am just like no Mom wait till September.

    • Rowan09

      Might as well wait, I agree.

    • Me

      I’d wait a little longer for the watch man.. If you wait until the 2nd gen is released, 1st gen will likely drop in price.

  • Eikast

    It’ll probably come out late 2016 when the iPhone 7 is released. It’s obviously too soon to release one this Fall and I don’t think that they’ll want to release the watches in April. Plus it’ll give them more time to do more improvements to convince more people to buy one or upgrade from their current smartwatch.

  • Blip dude

    I know this is just a rumor but, that’s it?? I guess I’ll stick to pebble because really, the only real use I have for a smart watch at this point is music controls while driving.

  • Charlie

    Duh!!!

  • Nick oakes

    Circle faced? If not, I’m not interested.