The Apple Watch is still being rolled out around the world, but according to the chairman of Quanta Computer, a.k.a. the company which builds Apple’s debut wearable device, a sequel is very much in the works.
Quanta’s chairman Barry Lam made the comments during a recent investor meeting, in which he claimed that the Apple Watch 2 will (not-so-shockingly) be better than the original, and that it will be released in late Q2, 2016. Subsequent rumors circling in the Chinese media clarify Lam’s comments by suggesting that a small batch of Apple Watch 2 devices will ship near the end of next year’s second quarter, while volume shipment will begin in Q3.
Seeing as the iPhone and iPad are both on yearly upgrade cycles, it’s perhaps not all that surprising that the Apple Watch would do the same, but it’s certainly interesting to hear confirmation from high up that this will likely be the case.
Previous rumors have claimed the Apple Watch will keep the same size, shape and resolution as its predecessor — although the display will be marginally thinner to allow for a larger battery, it will boast an added FaceTime camera, greater levels of iPhone independence, and additional high-end models costing $1,000+.
Research firm Canalys recently claimed that Apple has shipped close to 7 million of its first-gen Apple Watches since launch — a figure which outstrips all other vendors’ combined smartwatch shipments in the past five financial quarters. If true, that’s definitely worthy of a sequel!