Apple Watch (Retina display 001)

Contrary to speculative reporting, a next-generation Apple Watch will not switch to a round screen instead as some watchers have been hoping. Moreover, the device’s screen resolution will remain unchanged from the first-generation model.

According to sources in Asian supply chain who spoke to Taiwanese media, it does however appear that the Apple Watch 2 display will be a tad thinner in order to accommodate a bigger battery.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t immediately clear whether a bigger battery will let the device run longer on a single charge. Apple typically engineers its mobile devices with a specific battery life target.

For example, all iPads starting from the original iPad released five years ago and all the way up to the latest iPad Air 2 have been advertised as having a ten-hour battery.

While a bigger battery would lead to a longer run time between charges, I suspect that added capacity will power new sensors and hardware features.

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In other words, don’t expect longer than the advertised 18-hour battery performance just because Apple Watch 2 is rumored to have a bigger battery inside.

In terms of display size and resolution, as mentioned before, the second-generation watch should come in two display sizes and resolutions like the inaugural model.

As a reminder, the 38mm Apple Watch has a 272-by-340 pixel resolute screen measuring 1.32 inches diagonally, or 33.5 millimeter. The 42mm model has a 1.5-inch screen (39 millimeter) sporting 312-by-390 pixels.

The source said Samsung Display will join LG Display in providing P-OLED panels for the Apple Watch 2. LG Display is an exclusive provider of OLED panels for the current Apple Watch.

According to another sketchy rumor published by 9to5Mac, the Apple Watch 2 should incorporate a camera integrated into the top bezel for conducting FaceTime video conversations.

Source: Naver via G for Games

  • Jonathan

    “a tad thinner to accommodate a bigger battery”

    You mean thicker?

    • iPhoneWINS

      its already too damn thick

    • Lance Baker

      The display would be thinner to accommodate a bigger battery.

    • Antzboogie

      How about making the battery bigger for the sake of the Apple Watch being more then a half of the day watch. It’s a joke it only last 18 hours.

      • Jordan Agaran Riley

        I’ve woken up at 10 a.m. and gotten home at 2 a.m. the next morning and still had a good 25% left on my watch. I haven’t had any issues with battery life whatsoever

      • Antzboogie

        Its going to last you two more hours at 25%? Dont think so. That’s horrible my Galaxy Gear lasts me three to four days on a single charge. I’m an iPhone 6 plus owner so dont get me wrong.

      • Rowan09

        You own an Apple Watch? I don’t have any issues with mine, it lasts me about 2 days on a single charge.

      • Fanboy 

        I’m not sure what planet you reside on but on Earth there are only 24 hours in a day and 18 hours out of 24 is way more than “half of the day”. And it’s also easy to assume you don’t actually own a Watch so stop complaining.

      • Antzboogie

        You know what I meant so don’t be a jerk fake fanboy.

      • Fanboy 

        No I actually didn’t, because you’re talking about half a day battery life when any person that has owned an Apple Watch will tell you battery is never the problem. My Watch has yet to die on me even once. The farthest it went was me getting home at 2am with 5% left after a long day.

      • Mr. Right

        Why not just get a real watch? you already have to carry around a phone so why spend another extra $400 on a watch that will get outdated in 2 years, which mean you have to buy a phone that cost $900 plus a $400 watch that would equal to $1300.

        The iwatch is behind because it relies on the phone unlike samsung gear 2 where you can put a separate sim card to use it like a normal phone without actually needing a phone around.

        They should make pants with wires in them that you connect to your phone or whatever so when you walk energy builds up from the movement which then charges your phone. Makes people loose weight and also charges your phone ++.

      • Fanboy 

        What you fail to forget is that even though I may spend $1,300 on a new phone and Watch, Apple products have the highest price retention so I’ll be able to easily recover $900 for both when I sell them later. Good try though, the Watch isn’t for everybody though that’s why you’re not forced to buy one

      • BucBearPig

        I get up at 6am, last night went to bed at 1am and had 34% left. I also get 100+ emails per day at work. This thing can easily get 30+ hours. If you only get 18 hours you’re probably talking on it (which is kind of strange anyways) most of the day

      • Bernd Krell

        I agree. Mines last 2 days and I get around 30-40 emails a day and a bunch of Slack, iMessage, Whatsapp and other notifications. I did however disable the HR Sensor.
        After a typical day which is 8am to midnight, I do still have anywhere between 70-80% battery left.

  • Jonathan

    Boy, FaceTime on the watch will kill the battery in minutes.

    • iPhoneWINS

      yup its time for better battery tech

      • Antzboogie

        I very much agree the battery is trash.

  • iPhoneWINS

    yup have to wait for V3 for a proper design of this crappy looking device…. i want i thinner and less feminine please.. needs to look mor high tech and cutting edge and futuristic

    • Lance Baker

      I’m not sure how it looks feminine. It’s also really not that thick. I’ve seen much bulkier watches.

    • Jordan Agaran Riley

      I prefer something less high tech/futuristic. I like it being a little more subtle. I feel like if it was flashy and screamed “LOOK IM WEARING AN APPLE WATCH”….it’d make me look like kind of a tool lol

    • George

      You mean less like a Fisher Price toy.

    • Rowan09

      My friend has a Stainless steel version with the band and it’s far from a poor design, but to each his/her own.

  • pnh

    Just hope the bands are interchangeable with 1st gen. Hate to think I spent $149 for the Milanese Loop and can’t use it in future ones.

  • Lance Baker

    I don’t want it to be round.

  • Ilya Vorobyev

    I just bought my God damn watch there is already another one on the way? This early??

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  • Eli Montoya

    Knowing Apple… The headline of this article seems pretty accurate

  • flashoser

    I just bought mine, and am very impressed, if your in business like me, every email counts and so do appointments and all kinds of stuff, it’s just to cool, if you know how to really use it’s features..

    • flashoser

      Oh and my Battery life is more than I expected, with all of the trash things about the battery…so far no problems lasting 2 days..

  • Tony Farrar

    Anyone any ideas where you can buy case/covers for the Apple watch, I am from the UK on vacation in Orlando and would like to walk into a store and buy a cover

  • Sleetui

    A thinner Apple Watch, then I’ll buy one.

  • The Guy

    I don’t get it…no one sane thought that it would be round…thats like saying they’re going to significantly change the 6(S) or whatever it will be called.

    First version is Apple watch 1
    then Apple watch 1(S)
    Second version is Apple watch 2
    then Apple watch 2(S)

    No significant changes until new version, so its 2 models for each version then change. So the round face will come on the second version which is actually the third device.

  • I would love to see an option to keep the screen on for longer than 3 seconds; it’s maddening when it goes dark. Obviously done to save battery life; at least give us the option to extend it a few seconds.

  • Kara_Brewer T

    Glad Stephen kept his humor model and gestures from the Colbert Report. I laughed a whole lot at his Donald Trump and Oreo segment. He is has only dropped acting such as for instance a conservative but otherwise I see lots of carryover from the Colbert Report.