Apple is all set to unveil the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus at its launch event which is likely to take place on September 7. Besides the new iPhones, Apple is also widely expected to announce the next-gen Apple Watch 2. We have already come across leaked reports that have hinted at the specifications and new features of the Apple Watch 2, but new photos have emerged that point to a 36 percent larger battery on the Apple Watch 2.
Spotted by MacRumors, the alleged photos of the 42mm Apple Watch 2 battery have surfaced on Weibo. While the existing 42mm model of Apple Watch sports a 246mAh battery, the leaked photos show a 334mAh battery on the Apple Watch 2, which is an increase of 36 percent. However, the photos do not offer any clue about the battery on the smaller 38mm model, which currently comes equipped with a 205mAh battery. Currently, the battery on the Apple Watch lasts for a day with moderate usage. And while one would expect the next gen wearable to last a little longer, it may actually be needed the extra battery to keep the Apple Watch 2 ticking, especially with the new hardware on board.
Just like the first-generation Apple Watch, the second-generation models are also expected to be offered in 38mm and 42mm screen sizes. Also, while Apple is expected to adopt a thinner display technology, the Apple Watch 2 is expected to come with the same design and form factor as the existing Apple Watch. ALSO READ: Rumor has it: The Apple iPhone 7 will be a massive upgrade over the iPhone 6s
Under the hood, a TSMC-built processor, built-in GPS, a barometer and improved water resistance are likely to be in tow. The inclusion of built-in GPS will invariably improve health tracking capabilities, allowing the user to track running or walking distance and the route more precisely without the need for it to be connected to an iPhone. While the Apple Watch 2 was also expected to come with LTE connectivity, reports suggest Apple feels that current generation chipsets consume too much battery and so, cellular connectivity on the Apple Watch may not come for at least another year.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also expects that Apple may launch a refreshed first generation Apple Watch with enhanced water resistance. However, features such as barometer and built-in GPS will be exclusive to Apple Watch 2. That’s not all; once the new models are launched, the original Apple Watch is expected to get a price cut. Details about the pricing and availability of the Apple Watch 2 and refreshed Apple Watch are scarce at the moment. However, with less than 10 days to go for the rumored September 7 launch event, we will know exactly what Apple has in store for its customers once all the devices are made official.