Apple Watch 2 Not Until Fall 2016

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by MICHAELSD, Apr 10, 2015.

  1. MICHAELSD macrumors 68040


    Jul 13, 2008
    With the fact that some pre-order buyers are already not receiving a Watch until August, it seems safe to say that Apple would make a lot of early adopters unhappy by releasing a new Watch next April when many are already receiving the first-gen over the summer. In my opinion Apple launched the Watch in April to not only build demand that leads into the holiday season but to also gauge SKU demand and gain user feedback so that they can spend a longer-than-usual cycle developing Apple Watch 2. All of Apple's major products eventually move to a fall schedule, so I would expect Apple Watch 2 won't be released until September 2016 at the earliest at this point since Apple was not at all ready to meet demand for the first Apple Watch.
  2. Poochi macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2010
    Probably not until September 2017 even. They need to collect more data from users to make improvements...

    Until then, there will be a lot of software updates to workout the kinks.
  3. MICHAELSD thread starter macrumors 68040


    Jul 13, 2008
    I would frankly be ok with this. I'd rather not be tempted to upgrade annually. Apple Watch will get a lot better with updates.
  4. Upgraded macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2010

  5. Poochi macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2010
    I will skip iPhone upgrade if they upgrade Watch :)

    They can pick... won't get money from me for yet another device annually.
  6. jafingi macrumors 65816


    Apr 3, 2009
    They've done it with the iPad before.. Only 7 months between iPad 3 and iPad 4.
  7. Wallabe macrumors 6502a

    Mar 15, 2015
    If anything, people will slow their iPhone upgrade to every 2-3 years and the Apple Watch more often. It really depends on which gets more use. In a year, if the adopters tend to prefer their watch and find it more useful, they may not care that their iPhone is 2-3 generations older, as long as the websites load quick enough, and it's still compatible with the watch, that's all it matters. Besides, having another device, people will have to budget and prioritize their upgrade choices. This isn't true for everyone, but another device means will have to prioritize their resources towards the best and meaningful upgrade.

    I'm still using the iPhone 5s. I don't know if I care enough for the iPhone 6s. It's bigger, but then again, I have the iPad Air, which is even better than any current iPhones for that matter.
  8. kingofwale macrumors 6502a


    Apr 24, 2010
    I don't believe Apple watch 2 will be until 2017.

    Apple watch S on the other hand.... ;)
  9. Ries macrumors 68020

    Apr 21, 2007
    Apple is already behind in functionality, all they have is looks right now and that third parties can't make the same integration due to API limitations. You're going to see a AW2 within a year, the competition ain't going to wait for Apple.
  10. bounou macrumors 6502


    Jun 6, 2012
    Wishful thinking, at best there is a new watch next spring, i would not be surprised to see it this fall.

    I get it, there is a real part f me that does not want the watch i just paid 1000$+ for to updated quickly but why do i care?

    I made a decision, i could of waited for the second one or got the sports model but i decided to get the one i want and not hold off, not going to get upset at Apple if there is a better cheaper version of the watch in 6 months, what i will probably end up doing is buying it and selling my old one.

    Had the same decision to make with the rMB and i after the reviews i decided to wait till 2.0 for the rMB.
  11. ditzy macrumors 68000


    Sep 28, 2007
    How are they behind?

    My guess would be spring 2016 for watch 2, and autumn 2017 for watch 3.
  12. Ries macrumors 68020

    Apr 21, 2007
    The competition is already adding LTE and GPS to make theirs stand alone devices. Also the fitness aspects lack a lot in apples current offering.
  13. MICHAELSD thread starter macrumors 68040


    Jul 13, 2008
    The iPhone tethering was a choice for now.
  14. splinteredmind macrumors newbie


    May 6, 2008
    Melbourne, Australia.
    That was a huge dick move - and I believe to make sure the flagship devices all had the lightning connector.
  15. Lennyvalentin macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2011
    Adding LTE would make the watch much bigger (and more power hungry, obviously.) It's also difficult to have a conversation with your wrist for any length of time, certainly in any kind of private way when out in public... GPS functionality sucks battery, and is pretty redundant since phones already have GPS, and many bring their phone with them everywhere anyway.

    It's not Apple's desire to make a stand-alone device. They want a companion device to make you use your iPhone more. It's also a hook, to make you buy into the iOS eco system more deeply. If you want to switch phone away from iOS, you're also going to have to switch watch.

    It's not really in their interest to make the thing stand-alone.

    In what way, do you figure?
  16. MojoRisinSD macrumors regular

    Nov 1, 2012
    :apple:WATCH is going to have a 2, maybe 3, year refresh cycle. It is just my prediction, but I truly think that anyone who is waiting for Gen 2 will be waiting for a while.
  17. jcbandxi macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2008
    There's no way you would get any usable battery life from a watch with LTE+GPS +LCD drawing power off such a tiny battery. The battery technology just isn't there yet. Although you could have a belt clipped battery with a wire running up your sleeve and down your arm and plugged into the watch!:eek:
  18. totten76 macrumors regular


    Mar 12, 2015
    I guess it really depends on how this watch plays out. If it ends up being complete trash that even software updates won't fix, then I see a quicker approach for next gen
  19. mr.bee macrumors 6502a


    May 24, 2007
    Brussels, belgium
    a more important question is

    will :apple:watch 2 be thinner? :D
  20. bige12 macrumors 6502


    Apr 6, 2009
    Vienna, VA
    I think apple watch 2 won't be for awhile, what could apple do to change stuff the apple watch, I know the Apple watch watch can receive software updates
  21. cg006 macrumors regular


    Oct 1, 2012
    I wouldn't mind a 2 year cycle on the watches.
  22. producerlawson macrumors regular

    Apr 10, 2015
    I'm all for that, the thickness currently is a little clunky imo.. but it's still early days so I get why.
  23. VSMacOne macrumors 601


    Oct 18, 2008
    I don't think there's any need to push for annual updates. I'd be perfectly happy with 1.5-2 years.
  24. Dwalls90 macrumors 601


    Feb 5, 2009
    Apple Watch will stay in a Spring cycle as to not overlap with the iPhone and iPad until the hype is more in control and the product line is more stable.

    That said, they could still unveil more colors and/or bands at whatever point during the year to keep sales driving the existing models.

    "Apple" products are updated less than "i" products. Look at the Apple TV vs iPhone/iPad release cycles.

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