What We Want From The Apple Watch 2
Posted 17/03/2016 by BrightHouse Team
The Apple Watch arguably brought the smartwatch into the mainstream back in April last year, becoming the best-selling wearable device on the market. The second version of the Apple Watch is soon to be announced, revealing new features and, many hope, a lower price.
What do we want from Apple Watch 2?
Better battery life
The first Apple Watch lasts around 16 hours between charges, making it a little inconvenient for all-day wearing. The Apple Watch 2 should hopefully address this issue, allowing for a proper full day of use without draining the battery.
The Apple Watch’s AMOLED screen, the culprit for the limited battery life, also means you have to turn it on every time you want to check the time. This seems like an unforgivable drawback for a watch, but the AMOLED screen does give you decent picture quality. Whether this is needed in such a small screen is up for debate, but making a smartwatch look and behave more like a proper watch is always a plus.
One of Android Wear’s greatest strengths over the Apple Watch is that users can really customise the look of their watch with a huge array of clock faces and themes. Apple has so far restricted the choices to just a few of its own. More options for watch faces and displaying your own pictures and themes would be very welcome for making it feel more personal.
Snappier and more streamlined apps could really make the Apple Watch a more usable bit of tech. Currently, apps run through the iPhone making things a little sluggish, so apps running natively on the watch would make the experience much faster and more satisfying.
What are the rumours?
– There has been talk of a thinner screen to accommodate a larger battery, but the better way to get more life out of the Apple Watch would be to improve its software and central processor chip.
The ability to watch and make videos was missing from the original Apple Watch, so it couldn’t be used for FaceTime calls. This was a shame, considering how cool it would be to make video calls from your wrist like something out of a 60s sci-fi film. Apple Watch 2 will apparently include a video camera to allow you to do just this.
Apple Watches currently can only be used with a paired iPhone, so the watch becomes useless without it. The new version should allow the Apple Watch to connect directly to Wi-Fi signals for some tasks, freeing it from the need to always be connected to an iPhone.
At the moment it looks like the rectangular design of the Apple Watch will be staying, but there may be some new models other than the current Sport and Edition versions, perhaps with some new materials and colours to change up the look. The option of a round face would also be good, but that’s still currently the realm of the Samsung Gear and the Moto 360, both running Android Wear.
One of the more exciting rumours is that this version may include a strap with light fibres woven in, which would allow for the display of notifications all over its surface. Apple has also filed a patent for a strap that makes more use of magnets so the strap could be used a stand for the watch.
The announcement of the new Apple Watch 2, along with other new products such as the new iPad and new iPhone will likely take place on 21st March, so stay tuned to get all the exciting details soon.