The Apple Watch may still be pretty new and is not even officially available in Malaysia yet, but that doesn’t stop the rumours about the next generation Watch from coming. According to sources from 9to5Mac, the next Apple Watch will have a front camera, better Wi-Fi so it doesn’t have to depend on an iPhone for everything, additional US$1,000 variants, as well as a similar battery life.
According to 9to5Mac, Apple plans to integrate a video camera onto the top bezel of the Apple Watch 2, allowing users to make and receive FaceTime video calls. watchOS 2 that was announced in WWDC 2015 jus few weeks ago already allow users to answer FaceTime audio calls from the Watch, so it won’t be surprising that a video functionality is included as well.
Another rumour is that the next Watch will be “tether-less”, giving it more independence from an iPhone. Using a new wireless chipset, Apple Watch 2 could allow for basic communication tasks, software upgrades and such without an iPhone. The new chip will also enable the rumoured “Find my Watch” feature, as well as the ability to track Apple Watch using Wi-Fi router triangulation technology.
Other rumours include a battery life that will stay more or less the same, and an additional variant that sits between the highest end stainless steel Apple Watch and the entry-level 18-karat gold Watch Edition. Check out 9to5Mac for the full report.