After less than a year in the wearables market, the Apple Watch has already become one of the best smartwatches ever released. Research firm IDC has ranked it the second best wearable after the Fitbit. Though Apple has not released the sales figures for the Apple Watch, it is expected that the numbers aren't too far off from those of Fitbit, which has sold over 20 million of its devices.
With 2015 coming to a close and a new year about to enter that's full of new gadgets about to hit store shelves, fans of the Apple Watch are eagerly anticipating the release of a new iteration of the wearable device. This is what people know about the Apple Watch 2 so far.
Possible release date
Although no official announcement has been made, rumors have it that the next big Apple event will be held in March, and that the new Apple Watch could make its debut then - along with the rumored iPhone 6C and a possible iPad Air 3.
The original Apple Watch was launched in April 2015, which makes it likely that its successor will be introduced on or near its 1-year anniversary.
Specs and design
There has been a lot of chatter about what will set the new Apple Watch apart from the original. According to rumors, the latest Apple Watch will have better battery life, may have a camera, and may include features such as a sleep tracker and/or a fitness tracker.
One of the most persistent rumors is that in terms of looks, the second Apple Watch will not deviate much from the original Apple Watch. According to the report, Apple will keep the original Apple wearable's rectangular, Nano-esque design for the Apple Watch 2.
There is also talk that although Apple went for looks over functionality when the company sacrificed the battery life of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S for those devices' aesthetics, they won't do so for the new Apple Watch. With competition from other brands such as Samsung and LG, both of which are reportedly working on producing wearables with thinner displays and improved battery lives, as well as from the Pebble Time Steel, which can go more than a week without having to be recharged, it's not likely that Apple will release a new Apple Watch without first doing something to improve its battery life.
Another much-talked-about Apple Watch rumor is that the new version will have a camera built into the bezel. This will allow the Watch to be used for FaceTime and other messaging functions. Apple CEO Tim Cook has also alluded to features that are medically focused and may need "something adjacent to the watch."