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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.

We're now hearing from multiple sources that Apple is going to add a front-facing camera to the second-generation Apple Watch, although opinions differ on whether this is intended to cater for FaceTime or selfies (or both), and whether it will offer video or just stills photography.

According to 9to5Mac, Apple is planning to add a FaceTime video camera to the Apple Watch 2, which will enable users to make and receive FaceTime calls via their wrists. The new FaceTime camera is said to be integrated into the top bezel of the Apple Watch 2, though we're not too sure how many people would actively FaceTime via a watch. It would get annoying holding up the wrist for more than a few minutes, for one thing.

Still, Apple has already made its watch partially FaceTime-ready: watchOS 2 brings support for FaceTime audio calls. Does that indicate that it'll soon move on to video calls? Perhaps.

9To5Mac does note, though, that Apple trials many prototypes of its products before settling on the final one, so the FaceTime camera might not make it into the final model that makes its way into stores.

Patently Apple, meanwhile, has spotted an Apple patent that appears to support the inclusion of a selfie camera - a front-facing stills camera, in other words; not necessarily one that's capable of FaceTime video - in an Apple Watch in the future.

Apple Watch 2 rumours: Selfie camera

 

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