Apple Watch (Retina display 001)

Aside from other rumored hardware improvements, a second-generation Apple Watch should ditch the current Glass on Glass (G/G) Retina touchscreen and replace it with a thinner and lighter display based on so-called One Glass Solution (OGS) screen technology, according to Apple supplier TPK Holding cited Friday by Taiwan’s infamous hit-and-miss trade publication DigiTimes.

Because OGS eliminates a layer, adopting the technology should help the Apple Watch 2 conserve space and potentially even accommodate a larger battery.

It must be noted that TPK also warned investors about various technical issues, including lower-than-anticipated yield rates for the new Apple Watch’s OSG solution which could result in limited launch availability of the Apple Watch 2.

“The change in touch panel technology involved unexpected technological difficulties and therefore yield rates for OGS touch panels were much lower than expected,” TPK explained.

As mentioned, the Apple Watch currently uses Glass-On-Glass display technology which sandwiches the device’s flexible OLED touchscreen between a capacitive stack of materials, including two pieces of glass.

Apple Watch 2 is expected to be thinner and more waterproof than existing models and powered by a speedier, power-sipping ‘S2’ processor with more RAM to make multitasking and everyday operations smoother.

The device may include a FaceTime camera for video chats. It’s also said to have embedded GPS and track swimming. On top of that, The Wall Street Journal predicted Apple might introduce a new model with an embedded cellular connectivity. The screen format and resolution of the Apple Watch 2 apparently won’t change.

Supply chain sources think the Apple Watch 2 will launch in September or October.

Source: DigiTimes

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  • notewar

    I will pull the trigger on the Apple Watch 2 only it has 3 days+ battery life

    • Sharkey311

      Unnecessary for it to have a 3+ day battery

      • Great Lengths

        Yeah three days is way too ambitious. I’ll be happy with at least 24 hours. I don’t mind charging it every day.

      • 5723alex .

        Mine is holding 3+ days. Battery losing ~1% every hour.

      • Gabriel Anaya

        The beauty of having a watch is being able to slap it on and just forget it; No hassle/ recharging every night. Battery is the main reason why I’m sticking to my Garmin watch. Several days worth of battery life for a smart watch on the Apple watch’s level may be a lot to ask for but even having a 2 day battery life will make such a huge difference in not having to charge every single night.

      • Don Walker II

        I think battery life of the Apple Watch is heavily dependent on the user. I’ve had the battery last only a day (a full 24 hour period), and I’ve had it last 3 days (yes, over 72 hours). Ive never had the the battery not last me a full day. I decided to test out low power mode and I didn’t even lose 1% for the entire day (…if al you want is time). Remember the battery life advertised is based on the 38mm (I’m using a 42) under a very specific set of conditions. Also, I’m not person who sleeps with my watch on (I don’t know very many people who do, although I can think of a few reasons why someone might), so I don’t really have a problem taking off my watch and resting it on the charger, just as if I had a non- smart watch and was resting it on my desk. Charging time in my experience is very short, so if I forget to charge it during the night, I can put it on the charger when I wake up and get a decent charge if not a full one by the time I’m ready to go. All in all, If you use it as what it is, and not necessarily what you want it to be, you should get a full day of usage.

      • Gabriel Anaya

        Well you could use it on low power mode for strictly only time, but who’s going to drop $400+ for a smart watch just to use like a regular time only watch? Stronger battery is just better for everything in the long run. The less often you have to charge during the week, the better. It’s also crucial for sleep tracking if Apple really wants to market the Apple Watch as a health device.

  • AndreG

    My concern is will the exisitng Apple Watch bands still fit on the new Apple Watch 2 if it is thinner? Maybe I just answered my own question though lol.

    • John Smith

      I doubt Apple would suddenly ditch the current band port they made. It’s become a collectible, and would infuriate said collectors who are looking forward to upgrading their hardware.

  • gXn

    Looking forward for it.

  • Chindavon

    Old bands better fit it.

  • Great Lengths

    Everyone knows that first releases are always the beta devices. Just look how many devices to get the damn iPhone in order. The only people who don’t care and will buy them anyway are the fanboys and people with money to burn. Hopefully though crApple will make some good improvements this time around because it would be nice to have a little bit of connectivity on my wrist. I mainly want one for Home Automation purposes etc.

    • 5723alex .

      Just buy an Android Smartwatch junk.

      • Great Lengths

        What for? It sucks almost as bad as the crApple Watch. =x

      • Sohail Wahab

        What’s crApple?

      • Great Lengths

        It’s that shit you got in your pocket right now! =)

    • I was a watch early adopter. Yes it too 3 versions of the software to get it right ; but they did. I already use my watch daily; and I love it. It just gets better from here.