10 Features to Look for in the Apple Watch 2

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2016-08-09
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    10 Features to Look for in the Apple Watch 2
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    10 Features to Look for in the Apple Watch 2

    Apple is expected to launch Apple Watch 2 at some point this year. If and when it does, there are certain must-have features Apple needs to include if it is to be a success.
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    The Design Doesn't Need a Major Change
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    The Design Doesn't Need a Major Change

    Although Apple Watch competes with several attractive devices, Apple doesn't need to make major design tweaks. Apple Watch is still among the best-looking devices on the market, and it's unlikely another company will match it anytime soon. Look for Apple to make the device a bit thinner and lighter, but beyond that, not much will change.
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    Longer Battery Life Is a Necessity
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    Longer Battery Life Is a Necessity

    One of Apple Watch's biggest issues is its battery life. With typical use, it's often required that users charge it each night to ensure it'll last all day. If Apple Watch breaks out from its niche and becomes a hit, the device must have longer battery life.
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    It Needs a Faster Processor
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    It Needs a Faster Processor

    Kuo says that Apple Watch 2 will feature a new and improved processor that can more ably handle apps and other tasks. That's a good thing. The first-generation Apple Watch is a bit behind some of its competitors on the power front, and can lag with some sophisticated apps. By boosting Apple Watch 2's power, Apple could address those issues and prepare it for a smartwatch battle over the holidays.
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    Waterproofing Is Critical
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    Waterproofing Is Critical

    Apple Watch 2 should be as waterproof as possible. There's no reason a user should be required to take it off before he or she jumps into a pool for a swim. One of the benefits of a smartwatch is that it both tells the time and allows users to interact with fitness apps. Top-of-the-line waterproofing is a critical feature Apple mustn't overlook.
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    Where's the GPS?
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    Where's the GPS?

    Adding GPS to Apple Watch 2 would be a nice addition. The feature would allow users to leave the iPhone at home but still use Apple Maps, know where he or she is, and quickly find directions to and from locations. Other devices feature GPS trackers, so there's no reason Apple Watch 2 can't follow suit.
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    Deliver More Sensors to Support Health, Fitness Apps
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    Deliver More Sensors to Support Health, Fitness Apps

    Health and fitness are main reasons why users buy smartwatches, but the iPhone maker's smartwatch comes with surprisingly few health sensors. Apple, therefore, should add as many health-related sensors to Apple Watch 2 as it can muster. Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a recent interview that he's thinking seriously about how Apple can play a strong role in the health care industry. Apple Watch seems like the prime device to help his company take on that role.
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    Could a FaceTime Feature Come Aboard?
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    Could a FaceTime Feature Come Aboard?

    Apple seems committed to its video conferencing application FaceTime, so it wouldn't be a stretch to see the company offer a tiny camera in the next Apple Watch. The feature would allow users to place video calls from their wrists and never need to pick up the iPhone. It could be what differentiates Apple Watch 2 from its competition.
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    Better and More Elegant Watchbands, Please
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    Better and More Elegant Watchbands, Please

    Apple has done a middling job of offering appealing wristbands. The company's deal with Hermès is a good one, but Apple Watch lacks a strong array of metal watch band options. Apple needs to take some cues from popular traditional watchmakers and offer more bands that can appeal to everyone from the busy professional to the running athlete.
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    A Stretch: Multi-Network LTE Support
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    A Stretch: Multi-Network LTE Support

    This one might take some time, but Apple Watch 2 would undoubtedly sell better if it launched with LTE wireless support across all four major networks. The feature would effectively turn Apple Watch 2 into a smartphone and allow users to place calls without needing a connected iPhone. Most analysts believe LTE is still at least a year or two off, but if Apple could shock customers with the feature this year, Apple Watch 2 could be a holiday hit.
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    Don't Make Any Price Changes Unless It's Lower
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    Don't Make Any Price Changes Unless It's Lower

    The last thing Apple should do is boost the price on Apple Watch 2. But yet, the company should reduce the smartwatch's price in some models. Apple Watch isn't cheap, which is holding some customers back from buying it. Addressing that by making Apple Watch 2 more affordable could unleash massive demand for the company's next smartwatch.
 

On Aug. 7, noted and often accurate Apple analyst Ming-chi Kuo from KGI Securities said that Apple is working on a new Apple Watch that it plans to introduce later this year. While the analyst said Apple Watch 2 will feature few design changes, customers should expect some improvements and additions, including a thinner display, upgraded processor and GPS support. Apple Watch 2 won't be a major upgrade, but by the sound of it, the smartwatch will be a nice update over the first-generation model Apple launched last year, and that's a good thing. While Apple hasn't said how many Watch units it's sold, many analysts say demand is slowing as customers wait for the next model. Thus, the time is ripe for Apple to deliver a new smartwatch. And when it finally offers that smartwatch, it'll need to come with enough interesting features to persuade customers to take a close look at the new model. Read on to check out eWEEK's wish list of features Apple Watch 2 should offer to demonstrate that the smartwatch still has a long-term future in the mobile device market.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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