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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.

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Apple Watch 2 rumours: ARM Cortex A32

Apple Watch 2 specs: Battery life

There was great speculation about the battery life of the Apple Watch on the run up to its (second) announcement. Apple put this worry to bed, claiming that the Apple Watch has an "all day battery life" but would still have to be charged each night, much like the iPhone. The issue with "all day battery life" is that you have to charge it almost every evening, which isn't always possible.

Looking at rivals like the Pebble Time Steel, which has a pretty amazing battery life of around 10 days, it makes the Apple Watch battery seem a bit disappointing. Yes, the Pebble Time Steel uses a less power hungry display, but even a five-day Apple Watch battery life would be better than having to charge it every night.

It also opens up more functionality in the Apple Watch, mainly with regards to sleep tracking. With a longer battery life, users could wear the Apple Watch to bed and get accurate stats about their sleep - information that's pretty popular, judging by the success of apps like Sleep Cycle.

According to a rumour picked up by gforgames, Apple is working with LG and Samsung to produce thinner OLED displays for the second generation Apple Watch to accommodate a larger battery. The larger battery should provide the Apple Watch 2 with a longer battery life, though the report doesn't specify just how long it might last. The report also claims that the Apple Watch 2 will bring no real changes to the screen size, resolution or overall design of the watch, with Apple not jumping onto the round smartwatch display bandwagon anytime soon.

Apple Watch 2 rumours: New features

Many of the new features that Apple Watch will get access to in the coming months and years will be software-based: either updates to watchOS, or new Apple Watch apps. But Apple is sure to squeeze in a few headline features when it next update the hardware. Here's what we're expecting.

Apple Watch 2 features: Front-facing camera for selfies & FaceTime

 

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