We’re expecting to see Apple introduce the Apple Watch 2 alongside the iPhone 7 at next week’s September 7 event, and now alleged components from the updated watch are finally starting to leak. Apple Watch 2 is expected to look like the current model and feature a faster processor and gain GPS, and a new video from international electronics shop Byte gives us a new look at a few other details that could change with Apple Watch 2.
One thing seems certain: Apple Watch 2 will feature a larger battery. We saw one rumor claim the Apple Watch 2 will see a 35% battery boost earlier this week, and these leaked components once again claim Apple Watch 2 will use a larger battery. Byte says the battery it tested has a 1.28 WH rating over the Apple Watch’s current 0.98 WH battery.
A larger battery could mean longer battery life, which definitely wouldn’t hurt, but I’m skeptical before we see more details if that’s how this will translate in real world use. I noted on Monday that a larger battery is needed for a GPS that pings your location, and the S2 chip could be more power-hungry than the weaker S1 chip.
Gradually increasing the battery life with each new generation would be a win for Apple Watch, however, as nightly charging has its drawbacks. Hopefully we’ll find out next week.
Aside from battery, Byte says the alleged Apple Watch 2 components include a “noticeably thinner” display compared to the original Apple Watch panel. Display size appears unchanged but Byte believes the thinner display could make for an overall thinner watch (although I suppose thickness could go unchanged if a thinner display covers a thicker battery). Byte also says the bezel on the Apple Watch 2 panel is smaller, which is interesting if accurate.
Last is the Force Touch gasket, which Byte says is also different: “The new Apple Watch 2 Force Touch Gasket has an all new layout and includes an addition chipset.”
You can see the components compared on video below, and stay tuned as we await Apple’s big event on Wednesday: