Apple’s seen plenty of success with its opening wearable device, but now that the Apple Watch has been with us for a fair old time, there’s been rumours of a new device taking its place.
But with the opening device so successful, how can Apple follow up with an even better wrist-based piece of kit? We’re here to pinpoint five things we’d like to see on the Apple Watch 2, so you can prepare yourself for the new wearable in every way possible.
Battery problems are a common commodity with our current batch of mobile technology. Whether you’re wrangling with your latest iPhone, hoping to extend your tablet’s battery life or staring at your wearable battery percentage, there are no devices which are immune.
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The Apple Watch wasn’t exactly the most stamina focused device either, barely lasting a day with its 250mAh effort. In fact, if you used the wearable regularly, you’d quickly find yourself the wrong side of 50% in a matter of hours.
This means that a bigger and more efficient battery is a must have on the Apple Watch 2, especially if it’s to tempt more potential shoppers into actually making a purchase.
Ideally, a two day battery life would be best, but just ensuring that a full day is covered would be helpful…
One of the stranger omissions from the original Apple Watch was GPS, which allows the watch’s location to be tracked. This meant that the device had to be connected to an iPhone to track location – which is a bit of a hitch if you plan on going for a run without your phone in tow and want to track your location.
This is a no-brainer for the Apple Watch 2, by including GPS it will make the wearable a bonafide piece of fitness kit, although it will add to the battery issues. However, given a big enough improvement to the battery it shouldn’t prove a problem.
This would restrict the constant connection that you need between the Apple Watch 2 and the iPhone, giving the wearable a more individual feel, rather than being reliant on a connection all the time.
For more details on what did and didn't make the cut on the Apple Watch, you can take a look at Apple's website.
8GB internal memory isn’t shameful for any wearable device, so it was nice to see it make the cut on the original Apple Watch. However, this is still quite tight when you consider the room that all of your apps and other pieces of data take up.
Growing to 16GB wouldn’t just give us extra breathing space, but it would also allow for a more in-depth operating system for the wearable.
This could allow for more features and better overall performance, which would obviously make the Apple Watch 2 one of the best wearables on the market on launch. Plus, we’d have that little bit of extra room for all those songs and videos we like, which is always handy.
Apple isn’t exactly best friends with Android, but even it will know that by restricting the Apple Watch to an iOS only crowd will be reducing the potential number of buyers. By opening up the Apple Watch 2 for Android users, it will greatly improve the number of buyers the wearable will have, but is an unlikely move.
The move would allow for extra users, and would drive Apple’s profits upward, but would also go against many of Apple’s traditions. However, fans of all mobile devices have sung the praises for the Apple Watch design, so opening up the platform could prove popular.
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Of course, this kind of feature is a bit of a pipe dream, but one which we’d like to think could happen sometime in the future.
If the last request was a bit left field, then this one is out of the park altogether. Apple has long been known as one of the more expensive manufacturers on the market, and the Apple Watch didn’t go against the grain, with the most expensive version costing upward of £10,000.
Cheaper versions of the wearable settled around £300, but this is still devilishly expensive for a smartwatch. This time around, we’d like to see Apple cater for the budget crowds a bit better, even by sacrificing the fancy finish which made the cut on many of the original designs.
We won’t find out the prices for the Apple Watch 2 until launch, but if it’s anything like last year you’d better start saving now – unless Apple decides to be generous, something we’re all hoping for...
Written by Luke Hatfield