Even though the 2015 Apple Watch failed to cause a lot of excitement and sales, many are still looking forward to the 2016 Apple Watch. MacRumors reported on new information about the next Apple Watch Friday morning, which is based on information from the popular Apple analyst, Brian White.
“Meanwhile, White predicts that the Apple Watch could be refreshed within the next two to three months. He believes that a 20% to 40% thinner Apple Watch 2 could be unveiled by June, possibly at Apple’s annual WWDC, which could take place between June 13-17 based on scheduled availability at Moscone West, the San Francisco convention center where the developer event is typically held.”
MacRumors adds that even though some say the Apple Watch won’t debut until September, other reports line up with the June time frame. Many commenters after the article think that the thinness of the watch isn’t as important as other needed improvements.
“How about they don’t make it any thinner, but use that ‘extra’ space to put in better battery! Now that would be great!” claims MacGod.
“I’m a Watch owner. The Watch doesn’t need to be any thinner. It needs to be faster with more HealthKit tie-ins other than movement and heartbeat. It needs to be a LOT of things, but the LAST thing it needs to be is thinner,” claims Shanesan.
When the Apple Watch was first unveiled a little more than a year ago, it was the first major new product from Apple in years not to receive unanimously good reviews. Even though CNET gave the watch three-and-a-half stars, it was a rating that was lower than any other Apple product during the past year.
“The Apple Watch is the most ambitious, well-constructed smartwatch ever seen, but first-gen shortfalls make it feel more like a fashionable toy than a necessary tool. That may change with a big software update later this year, though.”
CNET didn’t like the fact that the battery only lasts about a day and that the price for most models is more than it should be.
The New York Times didn’t like the fact that there was a steep learning curve.
“First there was a day to learn the device’s initially complex user interface. Then another to determine how it could best fit it into my life. And still one more to figure out exactly what Apple’s first major new product in five years is trying to do — and, crucially, what it isn’t,” claimed reviewer Farhad Manjoo.
Meanwhile, the Apple Watch price has been slashed by $50. According to Yahoo! Finance, it could be because the wearable smartwatch market is expected to grow in the long term and Apple wanted to make the Watch more affordable. However, others claim that Apple had no choice since sales for the first Watch didn’t even come close to living up to expectations.
One has to remember that the Apple Watch is a first generation product. The first-generation iPhone had its faults, as did the first generation iPod. However, by the third generation, Apple has perfected their previous products. One should expect Apple to do the same with the Apple Watch.
[Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images]