Ming-Chi Kuo foresees new Apple Watch release this year, featuring updated hardware but no design refresh

Ming-Chi Kuo foresees new Apple Watch release this year, featuring updated hardware but no design refresh

What's up, Apple Watch wearers? It's none other than the Nostradamus of Apple himself, Mr. Ming-Chu Kuo over at KGI Securities, bringing a fresh batch of rumor produce to what has been a remarkably dry stream of leaks about Cupertino's next-generation wearable! Kuo foretells that a new Apple Watch will be released this year, featuring updated internal components but no design refresh. Basically, it will be the Apple Watch "s" model with improved performance and battery life to fix two of the wearable's more prominent issues.

Kuo's claims are consistent with rumors dating all the way back to last July, saying the second-gen Apple Watch will look identical to the first model but will receive a larger battery and a display with better outdoor visibility. For better or worse, he hasn't come up with any elaborations about the internal components themselves. However, the analyst believes that Apple Watch sales will hit a 7.5 million shipment mark on the ground of an "immature" wearable device market. Kuo estimates Apple shipped 10.6 million watches for all of 2015. So far, no official shipment numbers have come from the company, but it insists that Apple Watch sales have grown each quarter since the spring 2015 launch.

The next-gen wearable's release date remains in secret. We had our fair share of March announcement predictions that didn't come true. Other sources foresee a June launch to coincide with Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (June 8 - 12). It's also possible the company will introduce the wearable alongside the upcoming iPhone 7 in September. Interestingly, the Apple Watch had a $50 price cut last month, with the 38-mm Apple Watch Sport now starting at $299 and the 42-mm version at $349. This could be a marketing decision, or an effort to clear inventory prior to an upcoming refresh. We'll have to see in a month or two from now on.

For more intel on the Apple Watch 2, feel free to check out our rumor review.

source: Apple Insider

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15 Comments

1. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

no design refresh? reusing unsold old component just like iSE? lol

7. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Why do people who dislike Apple so much always use some form of Apple-related name/avatar? Is it like little boys at school who pick on the girls they have a crush on? You secretly love Apple don't you?

2. hafini_27

Posts: 945; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

No new design will left many disappointed

5. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

No it won't. You simply can't expect everything to be completely redesigned every year. Look at cars, mechanical watches, etc. I've said many times that the Apple Watch would be in a 2 to 3 year redesign cycle. No one is going to rush out and buy a new watch every year. I did mention that the first year may see a refresh as its a new product category for Apple. Also remember that you don't want to make the bands obsolete so quick. All I want to see is a faster chip and less dependent on the iPhone.

11. sgodsell

Posts: 6911; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The Apple watch design is a square watch. If you like square pudgy things, then the Apple watch is for you. However when others make watches or smart watches, then there are many different designs and styles. Since watches are more of a fashion statement than any smartphone. Then it makes sense to have more than Apples one square design. It's funny how Apple likes to push all the designs of their high priced watch bands, but avoids the design of their single squared watch. Sure, there is different colors and materials, but it still doesn't change the fact that it's only one square style. So hafini is right.

12. Clars123

Posts: 1075; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

yet you were one of the trolls going in on the S7 and S7 edge for looking similar to the S6..oh the irony

13. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

This is not meant as a jab, but when people say this about non Apple products' design, they get slammed for it? but when Apple does it? its ok?

3. Unordinary unregistered

Anything to jumpstart the completely dead Android Wear industry to kick start the not somewhat dead but dead enough Apple Watch industry to kickstart the still not so popular Android Wear industry to push the Apple Watch industry harder into innovation to make the somewhat innovative but not really innovative 4th gen Android Wear industry to popularize the Apple Watch industry so the Android Wear industry has a chance of popularity.

4. tedkord

Posts: 17136; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You're usually more succinct with your rambling.

6. Unordinary unregistered

I was bored waiting for a meeting to begin /shrug. Also, your seriousness sensatory receptors seem broken

8. tedkord

Posts: 17136; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Apparently, so are yours.

9. Unordinary unregistered

Weesnaw

10. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

i'll buy one when they make it compatible with ipad mini. a cellular ipad mini and apple watch will be perfect duo an apple watch for hangout/voip phone calls/texting, and ipad mini for web browsing media consumption i doubt it'll happen as it will easily canabalize their iphone sale.

14. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Wish they made a little thinner. Guess wait and see what they bring?

15. SIGPRO

Posts: 2810; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

iCr@p version 2!

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