The Chinese technology media site Commercial Times is claiming that Quanta will begin initial production runs of Apple Watch 2 in January, later in the month. This would match current expectations that the next-generation Apple Watch 2 will be launched about a year after the first Apple Watch, around April. A 4-inch ‘iPhone 6c’ is also on the cards for a March/April debut.

9to5Mac first reported on Apple’s plans for a March event in December. The company has tested an assortement of new features for Apple Watch 2, including the addition of a front-facing camera for FaceTime video calls. The new smartwatch may also add new health and sleep tracking sensors to expand on the fitness foundations from the first-generation Apple Watch.  Apple reporting by Chinese media is always sketchy, but can be accurate with regard to direct supply chain events due to their proximity.

Parts and components leaks for Apple Watch 2 have yet to appear in the wild, although there are also rumors that the second-generation Watch will feature a thinner overall design.

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