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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.

For those who had pre-ordered the strap, the company advises that if you don't upgrade your OS, you'll be OK - but for all those who will no doubt want to it seems, for now, the battery boost idea will have to go back to the drawing board. 

Apple Watch 2 design rumours: Multi-function bands

Along with updating the body of the Apple Watch in its second-generation device, it looks like Apple may be introducing a new multi-function band alongside it. As firstspotted by AppleInsider, Apple recently filed an interesting patent by the name of "Magnetic Wristband", and details a magnetic wristband for the Apple Watch that offers additional functionality.

According to the patent, the magnetic wristband will, obviously, feature a set of magnets embedded into it, allowing the two sides to join together. For consumers, this means that when worn, the magnets would hold the Apple Watch in place (much like Apple's Milanese Loop) - but it's when the watch is taken off that the new band comes into its own.

The strap could be wrapped around the watch, which would suspend the screen in the middle of the straps, ideal for protection when being stored or transported. As well as offering additional protection, the strap could also double up as a stand (ideal for Apple's nightstand mode) as it's been designed to roll up behind the Watch, propping it up.

Apple Watch 2 rumours: Tech specs

That's what we think the next Apple Watch will look like. But we'll talk next about theinside of the Apple Watch 2: what changes can we expect to its tech specs?

Apple Watch 2 specs: Why the Apple Watch 2 needs an ARM Cortex A32 processor

ARM has revealed a brand new design for an ultra-tiny CPU built specifically for wearables like the Apple Watch and we want the ARM Cortex A32 in the next-generation Apple Watch 2.

ARM processors have long formed the heart of Apple's iOS devices, even though it builds its own SoCs, or systems-on-a-chip, under the A and S banners. So it's no stretch to see this new chip's timing being perfect for an Apple Watch upgrade, and it could solve many of the Apple Watch problems we're having.

Apple Watch 2 rumours: ARM Cortex A32

Inside the ARM Cortex A32

First and foremost, the A32 promises better battery life, with faster performance and lower power usage. It's up to 25 percent quicker than the current ARM offering, and it achieves this while reducing power consumptions.

 

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