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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.

BuzzFeed News also reported that over the last three months, Apple has stolen employees from all over the medical field. An example given by the news outlet is Anne Shelchuk, who has a doctorate in biomedical engineering. Shelchuk left the ultrasound software company ZONARE Medical Systems back in November to work with Apple's health technology team, according to her LinkedIn. Along with Shelchuk, Apple has reportedly snapped up medical engineer Craig Slyfield, system design engineer Nathan Clark, who has a patent for a device that separates cells, Jay Mung, who worked on sensor algorithms for Medtronic’s continuous glucose monitoring systems and Jennifer Hillier, a former exercise physiologist at the University of California.

Apple Watch 2 faetures: Less reliance on iPhone

Apple plans for the second-gen Apple Watch to have more functionality when it's separated from an iPhone, and has apparently named the project "tether-less" internally. As it stands, the Apple Watch can only support activity tracking, music playback and mobile payments without a paired iPhone, with many other features including text messaging, emailing and using third-party apps impossible without an iPhone for the Apple Watch to communicate with. The release of watchOS 2 brought the ability for third-party apps to run natively on the Watch, but the apps still require an iPhone to send and receive data.

However, the with the Apple Watch 2, Apple is reportedly looking to make it more capable when your iPhone isn't connected, simply by adding a new wireless chipset into the wearable. What difference will this make to the Apple Watch experience? While it probably won't be able to handle data-heavy requests (such as software updates), other tasks could be handled without the assistance of an iPhone.

The new wireless chipset should also enable a heavily requested "Find my Watch" feature similar to "Find my iPhone" which is said to utilise Wi-Fi router triangulation technology, as opposed to GPS.

Update 10 June 2016: There are a few rumours suggesting that the Watch 2 will be able to run on its own, allowing it to run independently from an iPhone. In this respect, it's rumoured that the Watch 2 will have an untethered mode, allowing you to directly connect your Apple Watch 2 to a network, directly from the watch itself. We don't think Apple will allow this, due to the battery impact it will have on the device.

There are even more rumours surrounding the inclusion of a 3G or 4G-enabled Apple Watch 2 that will bring a lot new connectivity options to the upcoming watch. However, this might raise concern for those wanting a better battery life.

 

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