Apple Watch 2 specs will allegedly include a GPS, a barometer, and improved water resistance


Ming-Chi Kuo, a well-known analyst from KGI Securities who has provided accurate insight into upcoming Apple product launches in the past, has recently issued a letter note to investors that sheds some light on the potential Apple Watch 2 specs.

In the note, which was obtained by Apple Insider, Kuo says that Apple will launch two new watches in the second half of the year. One will allegedly be an iterative upgrade over the original Apple Watch while the other is expected to be called the Apple Watch 2 and is said to boast advanced geolocation capabilities.

Starting off with what we find to be the more interesting of the two, the Apple Watch 2 is said to make use of the same design language as the original Apple Watch. Kuo claims that the Apple Watch 2 specs will include both a GPS and a barometer. From the looks of it, the main highlight of the Apple Watch 2 will be its ability to track location and altitude, which are features that should make the Watch 2 more appealing to the fitness crowd.

Interestingly, a rumor dating back last week suggested that the upcoming Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch will also go big on fitness-tracking abilities. If both of these rumors turn out to be accurate, then perhaps more and more wearable makers will aim their smartwatches at outdoor fitness passionates in the near future.

Moving on to what some might call the Apple Watch S, Apple will allegedly introduce a beefed up version of the original Apple Watch later this year. While the outside of the watch isn't expected to change very much, the wearable is said to include updated internal components such as a TSMC-made processor manufactured using the 16nm node process. Hopefully, a more power-efficient processor will lead to better battery life on the updated Apple Watch. 


In the note to investors, Kuo argues that we shouldn't expect Apple to bring any substantial changes to its wearable lineup until 2018, when the iPhone maker could finally roll out advanced health tracking. The well-connected analyst doesn't expect standalone LTE data support to roll out to the Apple Watch lineup until next year. 

What do you guys think of this rumor? Would anyone be interested in an Apple Watch with built-in geolocation capabilities?

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27 Comments

1. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

"advanced" water resistance

2. Charlie2k

Posts: 152; Member since: Jan 11, 2016

Catching up with Microsoft Band 2 then... That's about time. Which also explains this..http://www.zdnet.com/article/guess-apple-watchs-killer-app-well-usage-studies-show-it-isnt-email/

4. Charlie2k

Posts: 152; Member since: Jan 11, 2016

Apple Watch: Optical heart rate monitor Accelerometer/gyrometer Ambient light sensor Microsoft Band 2: Optical heart rate monitor Accelerometer/gyrometer Barometer GPS Ambient light sensor Galvanic skin response (GSR) sensors UV sensor

10. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

Apple Watch $300 Microsoft Band 2 $100 ... Mi Band 2 $20

5. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Are you serious? Microsoft? Hahahahaha

3. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Damn, it's going to be good. My body is ready.

27. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

But yet you just said in the Samsung article, how the edge screen is gimmicky, but you are ready for this watch filled with gimmicky useless features? OPEN HYPOCRITE! 6. BradyCrack (Posts: 584; Member since: 29 Dec 2015) Curve is a useless gimmick unless it curves down the side and replaces the volume buttons. http://www.phonearena.com/news/Samsung-thinking-about-ending-production-of-flat-screened-Galaxy-S-flagship-phones_id83930

32. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

I stand for what I said, how is a GPS, barometer and even better water resistance a gimmick? No please. I'd love to know.

6. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Microsoft band 2 already have this! But i use mi band 2!!

17. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Yeah, it's a great fitness tracker. No doubt.

26. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Most people perform fitness on the ground. They job, they life weights, they use running/step machines and they ride bikes or boards. Why do I need a barometer?

33. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Huh? "Most people", that's just your bloody observation.

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