If you’re expecting the second-gen Apple Watch to drop in March, think again. A new report suggests that while we might see new bands and partnerships announced in two months, a revised version of the Apple Watch hardware itself will not be on the table.
Techcrunch’s Matthew Panzarino says that he’s heard the Apple Watch won’t be marching to the yearly beat of Apple’s typical upgrade drum:
I’m not so sure that we’ll be seeing it that early. Several things that I’ve heard (from several sources) indicate to me that we won’t see a new hardware model of the Apple Watch in March. Design partnerships, accessories, that kind of thing maybe but not a “Watch 2.0” with a bunch of new hardware features like a camera.
Instead, Panzarino thinks the Apple Watch 2 will wait for a September debut, just in time for the iPhone 7 to debut with some deep Apple Watch 2 integration.
[T]hat would put the gap at close to two years between the initial introduction and the announcement of a new model. Though the hardware shipped later, the gap between introductions seems like it could be a better bit of breathing room between major versions. This would allow for more significant advances in hardware, and also could prevent customer exhaustion.
Personally, we’ve heard so little concrete information about what an Apple Watch 2 would even look like that I’m personally inclined to believe this report… even though it flies in the face of a recent report that it will drop in March.