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Apple Watch 2 report reveals exciting new features

by Todd Haselton | April 25, 2016April 25, 2016 10:40 am PST

Apple will host its annual WWDC this June, where we’re expecting to learn more about iOS 10 and the future of OS X. It’s also possible we’ll see new hardware, including new computers and, possibly, new Apple Watch units. After all, the Apple Watch is now a year old. A new report from¬†The Wall Street Journal over the weekend points to new features that might be offered in the Apple Watch 2.

The first is cellular connectivity, which¬†The Wall Street Journal said Apple is “working on.” This would theoretically allow the Apple Watch to receive alerts, including phone calls and text messages, completely independent of an iPhone. Similar functions are already available from Samsung’s Gear S2 smartwatch and the LG G Watch Urbane 2nd Edition.

The Wall Street Journal said Apple is also working on adding a faster processor, which is a feature the watch desperately needs. In my own experience, apps load and operate far too slow to add any real bonus to the smartwatch, which I primarily now use for only checking the weather and the time – if I wear it at all.

The Wall Street Journal didn’t predict when we’ll see the Apple Watch 2, but I’m guessing we’ll see it sometime this summer and, if not, sometime around the iPhone 7’s debut this fall. An Apple spokesperson was not immediately available to comment on the rumor.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...