The Apple Watch is now almost one year old, which means it is due for an upgrade.
Earlier this year there were rumours that a new Apple Watch would be unveiled alongside the iPhone SE, which officially launched at Apple’s keynote event in California in March, but the company actually offered nothing more than some new bands.
New rumours suggest that the second generation of the Apple Watch will be launched at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June.
However, new research from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo as reported by AppleInsider, suggests that the 2016 Apple Watch will follow the similar strategy of the ‘S’ upgrades of the iPhone, offering only spec improvements and software enhancements rather any major material changes.
According to Kuo, who has a normally well placed source and has a good track record in predicting the release of future Apple products, the second generation Apple Watch will “feature an essentially identical design to the first model, focusing on internal components such as a larger battery and a display with improved outdoor visibility.”
iFans will instead have to wait until 2017 for any major design changes to the Apple Watch, the report suggests.
While Apple has yet to release any official figures of Apple Watch shipments, Kuo believes that 10.6 million Apple Watches were shipped in 2015 and predicts that only 7.5 million will be shipped in 2016, due to what he calls an ‘immature’ market for wearable tech.
However, the Apple Watch shouldn’t be written off as a flop just yet.
According to estimates released in the second quarter of 2015, the Apple Watch was seling considerably more than all other smartwatches combined and was outselling its nearest rival, Samsung’s Gear smartwatch, by almost six times with about 2 in every 3 smartwatches shipped in the quarter being the Apple Watch.
With that being said, the 10.6 million Apple Watches estimated to be sold in 2015 does pale into insignificance when compared to the 232 million iPhones sold worldwide during the same period.
Last month, Apple reduced the price of the Apple Watch by around $50.
The Apple Watch is currently on sale in Thailand with prices for the 38mm version starting from 20, 500 Baht.
Jonathan is our Google Nexus and Android enthusiast. He is also fanatical about football which makes it all the more strange that he should support Stockport County. In addition to writing about tech, Jonathan has a passion for fitness and nutrition and has previously written for one the UK’s leading watch and horology websites.