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'Apple Watch 2' Release Date Coming: Specs, Design, Features

( [email protected] ) Jan 15, 2016 12:46 PM EST
Apple’s first major offering for 2016 might be the Apple Watch 2.
Apple offers a wide variety of options with the upcoming Apple Watch. Photo: Apple

New rumors have surfaced that the tech giant is already brewing up a huge campaign and event in March to release this wearable product. Here is a roundup of the most recent reports on the smartwatch model release date, specs, and rumors. 

According to 9to5mac, those planning to invest in a smartwatch can choose the Apple Watch 2 because it will not take that long anymore for this watch to be released. "Apple is currently planning a March 2016 event to unveil the second-generation Apple Watch, according to sources with knowledge of the plans. The second version of the Apple Watch would then ship by April, nearly a year after the original model first went on sale," the site reported. 

9to5mac released more details on the features of this new watch. Allegedly, Apple Watch 2 will be powered by watch OS 2.2. Also, it will now be incorporated with a Maps app called "Nearby." unlike other map apps, "Nearby" can direct the watch owner or user to the place they are looking for. 

Stuff TV reported that Apple Watch 2 will mostly look and feel the same as the Apple Watch. However, a patent serves as evidence that a new form of Apple Watch strap will be available. The strap might have a series of magnets running along its length. The strap will also be serving as the screen protector of the Watch 2 when not worn. Interestingly, it is alleged that the strap can be rolled up into a stand so that the watch can even be attached to fridges, mirrors, and other magnetic surfaces.

The Verge reported that fitness buffs will love the smart watch even more. According to the site, Apple Watch 2 might come with a fitness feature called "active energy burned." 

More interestingly, the Apple Watch 2 could have a front-facing camera. While it may seem funny to think of a watch as having a camera, this feature is said to be designed for FaceTime video calls. 

Those interested in this wearable device are asked to save at least $349, the predicted price. News.com claimed that Apple Watch sold like hotcakes ever since it was launched. In just a short span after it has been released, Apple already sold 3.9 million Apple Watch 2. Still, this number was not able to nudge Fitbit out of the top place regarding sale. It remains to been seen if Apple Watch 2 can achieve this mean feat instead. 

Tags : Apple Watch 2, Apple Watch