Apple Watch product line could split in two this year


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We may get double the number of Apple Watch 2 models we're expecting.
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Apple will reportedly release two different next-gen Apple Watch devices, according to a well-connected analyst.

In a note sent to investors over the weekend, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims Apple will launch a slight iterative improvement on the Apple Watch later this year, boasting the same overall design but an improved 16nm processor and improved waterproofing. However, really keen Apple Watch enthusiasts will also be able to get the Apple Watch 2, which will reportedly add a host of other improvements.

Every iPhone 7 Plus might pack Apple’s new dual-lens camera

iPhone 7 with Smart Connector (left) and iPhone 6s.
Previous leaks have already revealed an iPhone with a dual-lens camera.
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You may not have to pay extra for a high-end iPhone 7 Plus with a dual-lens camera after all. According to one reliable analyst, Apple now plans to deliver the upgrade as standard on all 7 Plus models as demand for greater smartphone cameras increases.

Apple may ditch aluminum for all-glass iPhone casing next year


The iPhone's camera is getting a big update.
We may be waving goodbye to Jony Ive's love affair with aluminum.
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Jony Ive’s beloved aluminum casing is as about as iconic a part of the iPhone as the Apple logo or a working OS. Despite that, a new report claims that the company will ditch its aluminum look for an all-glass enclosure for next year’s iPhone 7s.

Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo revealed this tidbit over the weekend in a note to clients, which also reiterated the view that the 2017-era iPhone will sport an OLED display.

Apple Watch shipments predicted to fall 25 percent this year


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The Apple Watch may be the first major Apple product to see a sales decline in year 2.
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Apple Watch shipments may fall by more than one-quarter this year as compared to 2015, claims well-connected KGI Securities Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

In an investment note to clients, Kuo writes that he thinks Apple Watch shipments will top out at fewer than 7.5 million units this year. That’s a significant drop from the 10.6 million units he estimates made up last year’s total shipments of the device.