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New Apple Watch 2 release date, UK price and specs rumours

Lewis Painter | June 23, 2016
Front-facing camera for FaceTime, selfies. Rumours suggest September 2016 release.

Although the Apple Watch 2 didn't get a mention at Apple's March 2016 event, but the smartwatch didn't go entirely unnoticed. Apple announced that the Apple Watch was the number one selling smartwatch in the world, and that people loved the fact that changing the strap changed the look of the watch. With that being said, Apple announced a flurry of new Apple Watch bands including £39 nylon bands available in seven colours, some of which can be seen below. 

Along with the new line of Apple Watch straps, Apple also announced a number of new colour options for the sports and leather collections, as well as a black variant of the hugely popular Milanese loop. The Apple Watch range also received a price drop, with the Apple Watch Sport now starting at £259 for the 38mm variation and £299 for the 42mm. 

New Apple Watch 2 release date, price and specification: Design and build

We've got an idea of when to expect the Apple Watch 2, then. But what will it look like?

New design(s)

Apple is said to be exploring more variations of the Apple Watch, beyond the Sports, Steel and Edition tiers available with the first-gen Apple Watch. It's said that the company is planning to introduce new models that should sit between the most expensive steel Apple Watch (£949) and the cheapest Apple Watch Edition (£8,000).

The gap between the top of the middle price band and the bottom of the top price band has always looked rather wide, and Apple seems to be looking to attract customers willing to pay between £1,000 and £8,000 for an Apple Watch: which is potentially quite a lot of people.

However, it's unclear how the new tiers will differ from current models. It's been suggested that the new tier could feature more advanced bands or new materials including tungsten, palladium, titanium or even platinum.

Despite what's been said about potential new models, according to reports in April 2016 from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, the Apple Watch 2 might not actually adopt a new design, with only the internals getting some love from Apple. We've come to expect incremental specs improvements to hardware from the company in iPhones and iPads of recent years, so it's not outside the realms of possibility that this is the option Apple will go with.

Apple Watch 2 design rumours: Third-party battery straps

We'd all also had our eyes on a cool company called Reserve Strap. Its clever design made use of the Apple Watch's accessory port in a strap with a battery that allowed the watch to, it's claimed, hold a charge for up to a week. However, the companyannounced its disappointment recently that in a change to the Apple External Accessory Protocol in Apple's watchOS 2.0.1 update, the accessory port will no longer support the Reserve Strap's functionality.

 

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