Apple is anticipated to launch the iPhone 7 in September this year. New reports have surfaced claiming that the Apple Watch 2 may also see a launch alongside the flagship smartphone.
The Cupertino giant is pushing its suppliers to mass produce Apple Watch, and the shipment is expected in the third quarter. Digitimes cites supply chain sources, and reveals that as many as two million Apple Watch smartwatches are expected to be shipped in the third quarter.
"Shipments of chips and components for the second-generation Apple Watch are set to begin in the third quarter. Orders for the upcoming Apple Watch have been higher-than-expected. Judging from the orders, the sources estimated that about two million units of the new Apple Watch could be shipped monthly," the report said.
Past reports indicated that the Apple Watch 2 may be launched during WWDC, but that didn't happen. If this report is true, then the next-generation Apple Watch will see an unveil alongside the iPhone 7. The volume of shipments ordered also suggests that Apple is betting big on the next-generation Apple Watch 2.
Rumours suggest that Apple Watch 2 won't change much in design, but will be at least 20 to 40 percent thinner than its predecessor. Apple may be looking to improve the battery life on the Apple Watch 2, seen by many to be a big drawback in its current offering in the market. The smartwatch is also expected to support cellular connectivity. However, it is worth noting that all of these are just speculations, and must be taken with a pinch of salt.
The iPhone 7 has also been subjected to many leaks, and is expected to sport a design similar to the iPhone 6s. The antenna bands may shift to the edges, and the larger variant may embed 3GB of RAM to accommodate the rumoured dual camera setup. There are also speculations of a Smart Connector, but reports about that are conflicting.