Apple Watch 2, which was earlier set to launch by March, may be delayed further.
Apple was initially rumored to be planning to release the Apple Watch 2 in September of 2016, setting the stage for an 18-month refresh cycle. But recently, the reports were directed to an Apple Watch 2 unveiling set for March ahead of an April release.
According to a report from TechCrunch’s Matthew Panzarino, an Apple Watch 2 – complete with newer casings and improved battery life – would not be unveiled till April, perhaps indicating that the original 18-month refresh cycle report may have been accurate.
Apple has captured around 50% of all smartwatch sales in 2015, according to market research. Apple is expected to host an event in March which will see the announcement of a new iPhone, New MacBook etc, according to reports.
“We are observing some interesting new patterns in Apple’s supply chain that are making the waters more murky than before. As with the current edition of the Apple Watch, no one really saw that coming via supply chain so it is possible to not see it,” Creative Strategies analyst Ben Bajarin told TechCrunch.
The company, however, could launch a revised version of the Apple Watch soon. The new variant is expected to be devoid of any major changes except a FaceTime Camera.
Apple is expected to significantly improve the battery life in the Apple Watch 2. A patent filing has unveiled that the company is also working on an improved watch band that could transform itself into different shapes such as a protective case.