Guy who predicted iRing motion controller calls for 40% thinner Apple Watch 2 due at WWDC

By , Apr 8, 2016

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Drexel Hamilton analyst Brian White, who is currently touring component makers in China, wrote in a note to clients Friday, a copy of which was obtained by MacRumors, that Apple will unveil a forty percent thinner second-generation Apple Watch at WWDC this summer, its annual pilgrimage for developers.

“We walked away with the sense that the Apple Watch refresh will not occur in September with the iPhone 7,” reads White’s analysis.

Instead, it’s “more likely” to occur within the next 2-3 months and “thus we believe an unveiling at WWDC in June makes sense”. Oh, and they also “believe” that the Apple Watch 2 “could be” twenty to as much as forty percent thinner than the current one.

It certainly doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the next Apple Watch is going to be thinner than the first model.

In another note, also issued to clients today, White writes about iPhone 7 parts production kicking off in July (no surprises here).

The handset is expected to help Apple and its suppliers return to smartphone growth in the second half of 2016. We’re posting this for entertainment purposes so take his words with a bunch of slat —White has an awful track record predicting Apple’s moves.

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This is the same guy who said Apple would release a full-on 4K television set along with an ‘iRing’ motion controller that you would wear on your finger. He was adamant that the iPhone 5s would come in three screen sizes, convinced that Apple’s share would zoom past the $1,000 mark and called for a ‘mini iTV’ second-screen experience and a sub-$300 budget iPhone.

Source: MacRumors

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  • Gerardo Castro

    He kept throwing rumors like that one of them was bound to stick (sub-300 iPhone)

  • Gabriel Anaya

    Very much doubtful that this is true, it’s already stated he has a horrible track record. WWDC is where they unveil the latest and greatest software, not hardware. I don’t have much recollection of any major hardware reveals at a previous WWDC but correct me if I’m wrong. I eagerly await a second gen Apple Watch though and wish this might be true. Something thinner, more powerful, and hopefully better battery would have my vote. An Apple Watch hardware refresh before a new iPhone launch would make sense.

    • Michael Hulet

      WWDC used to be Apple’s major hardware reveal day. For example, the iPhone 4 and most (if not, all) prior iPhones were announced at WWDC. They started moving away from that the next year, though, when the iPhone 4s came in October 2011

      That being said, this person’s track record with rumors is dubious at best, so his predictions should definitely be taken with a grain of salt

  • Jerry

    Thinner watch? CAPTAIN OBVIOUS OVER HERE! That’s a known fact apple is obsessed with thin and the iwatch is far from it so that’s definitely on their top priority. Why is this guy even relevant?

  • xoFoxtail

    This guy obviously has no track record. Why is this even a possible rumor? Though, I wouldn’t mind a thinner Apple Watch, would love to have one with a circular design too.

  • ShawnTXDFW

    For the record even though the ring was a mockup and never happened, I still want one like this. Can’t seem to find it anywhere. Any ideas as to where you can get a custom ring like this made?! If no technology is in it that’s OK too. A little Blue Apple Logo glowing though would be really nice.

  • :D

    Sounds legit

  • n0ahcruz3

    Hahahahah… iRing.

  • Guy

    I predict Apple will make an Apple version of Ryu (street fighter) headband.