Apple Watch 2 Said to Feature FaceTime Camera, Expanded Wi-Fi Capabilities and New Models

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple is planning a second-generation Apple Watch with new features including a front-facing FaceTime video camera, expanded Wi-Fi capabilities and possibly additional models based on new materials, according to 9to5Mac. The report claims the so-called "Apple Watch 2" is likely to be introduced in 2016 following the release of WatchOS 2 and native Apple Watch apps in the fall.


    The new FaceTime camera will reportedly be built into the Apple Watch's top bezel and enable users to make and receive FaceTime calls on their wrists. Apple previously announced at WWDC that WatchOS 2 will have a new FaceTime Audio feature for Wi-Fi-based calling, and the new software also enables Apple Watch users to answer or reject FaceTime video calls through a paired iPhone.

    A new Wi-Fi chip inside the Apple Watch 2 will expand the wrist-worn device's iPhone-free Wi-Fi capabilities for basic tasks, possibly including text messaging, emailing and up-to-date weather data. The new wireless chipset will also enable Find my Watch for tracking a lost, stolen or misplaced Apple Watch using Wi-Fi router triangulation technology as opposed to GPS.

    Despite gaining several new features, the Apple Watch 2 will likely have similar battery life as the original model. The report claims that Apple has conducted market research and determined that, despite early concerns, most customers are satisfied with their Apple Watch's battery life, allowing Apple engineers to focus their efforts on other areas besides battery improvements.

    Apple is also said to be exploring different Apple Watch variations beyond the Sport, Watch and Edition models currently available, in an effort to attract customers at price points between $1,000 and $10,000. The report claims it is possible, but not certain, that Apple may release new Apple Watch models based on metals such as titanium, tungsten, palladium or platinum.

    Article Link: Apple Watch 2 Said to Feature FaceTime Camera, Expanded Wi-Fi Capabilities and New Models
  2. ButteryScrollin macrumors 6502a

    Jul 29, 2014
  3. Menopause macrumors 6502a


    Feb 26, 2011
  4. SHNXX macrumors 68000

    Oct 2, 2013
    So they'll refresh every year after all?
  5. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

    Andres Cantu

    May 31, 2015
    Rio Grande Valley in South Texas
    The FaceTime camera seemed obvious. Like I've said before, it will be to the Apple Watch 1 what the iPad 2 was to the iPad 1 (thinner, lighter, FaceTime camera, but no increase in battery life).
  6. Dilster3k macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2014
    This is what I've been truly waiting for! Just look at the first iPhone or first iPad, they are terrible by todays standards especially in terms of form factor and performance.
  7. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    I love my Apple Watch, not only because of what it does, but what it doesn't do. It doesn't have facilities to surf the internet, to watch films, to FaceTime people, because it's just not a great experience.

    I can see why a camera may be useful for apps like Snapchat, but seriously, who wants to take a FaceTime call on their watch? Hold your arm up to face-level for 30 seconds and see how it feels, and now imagine talking to someone for minutes like that. Madness.

    Hope it offers improvements in other areas as well, as if the main selling point is a camera I for one won't be upgrading.
  8. hamiltonDSi macrumors 68000


    Jul 29, 2012
    Great. Looking forward to the second gen.
  9. penajmz macrumors 68040


    Sep 11, 2008
    New York City
    Hmmm, yearly refreshes.... For a watch... Ugh Apple!
  10. UnionVGF macrumors 6502a


    Oct 4, 2013
    There needs to be a GPS chip inside the watch to enable it to be used as a fitness monitor without the need to be tethered by Bluetooth to an iPhone. That's the most glaring change they need to make.
  11. Narcaz macrumors 6502

    Jul 18, 2013
  12. DotCom2 macrumors 68040

    Feb 22, 2009
    Iteration 1 anything are guinea pigs.
    God bless you all! ;)
  13. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    facetime..... dick tracy watch.... not sure about that.
  14. RulinSmoove macrumors member


    Jul 10, 2008
  15. ziege macrumors newbie


    Jun 9, 2015
    United States
    I agree completely. I'd love to have GPS capabilities.
  16. Ferc Kast macrumors 6502

    Ferc Kast

    Sep 26, 2012
    Ohio, USA
    After my previous experience with a iPad mini 1, I knew there was a reason that I didn't want to get the first gen of the :apple: watch. :cool:
  17. Teber macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2013
    I think this is a mistake. What about those people who spent $10K on the first generation Apple Watch? They get obsolete just like that? Apple Watch 2 should come out in 2018. People are still finding about its existence. At the end, it's just a watch, not a smartphone which we need to be buying every now and then.
  18. Jsameds macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2008
    Still looks as if it'll be 4th/5th gen before I'm even tempted.
  19. AngerDanger, Jun 18, 2015
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2015

    AngerDanger macrumors 68040


    Dec 9, 2008
    How could Apple even consider releasing another iteration of their watch? I mean, they already released one! Look at their previous releases: one Apple computer which is as good as ever, one iPod with a whopping 5GB of storage, and one lovely phone sans video recording! :mad:

    Seriously, to those who think Apple should handle watches differently, when has Apple ever benefitted from acknowledging the separation between fashion accessory and electronic device?
  20. thmsup macrumors member

    May 10, 2013
    I'm rooting for an aluminum-covered Apple Watch Edtion. I hate the looks I get for the gold watch on my wrist ;O
  21. Amplelink macrumors 6502a

    Oct 8, 2012
    Yeah, my first reaction as well. A watch is even less of a yearly upgrade device as compared to an iPad. People can't be happy about this.
  22. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    Why? This happens to every version of an Apple product. New version, new features to tempt you to update.
  23. saintforlife macrumors 65816

    Feb 25, 2011
    Looks like folks who waited for Gen 2 of the Apple Watch made the right decision.
  24. stewy macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2008
    Kingston, ON
    A camera on the watch should give your loved ones a perfect view up your nose.
  25. Leo90 macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2014
    Haha just got my Apple Watch yesterday and rumours about a 2nd gen come up straight away....

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