The Apple Watch 2 announcement is expected to take place next week but that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from churning. The latest leak gives a detailed look at the different internal components of Apple’s sophomore smartwatch.
An international electronics shop, Byte, released a video with components it claims are from the Apple Watch 2. The eleven-minute video walks us through every hardware change of the new watch, and corroborates previous reported leaks. Warning: vertical video below.
We reported that the Apple Watch 2 would be getting a battery bump and Byte’s video confirms the story. The video shows a physically thicker battery in the Apple Watch 2 and Byte claims it has a 1.28 watt-hour rating, compared to the Apple Watch’s 0.98 watt-hour battery. If you do the maths, that’s a 23.4% increase, which is a bit lower than 35.7% from previously reported leaks.
While the increased battery capacity could mean longer battery life, it could also mean more power hungry components, like GPS, could make battery life the same as the original.
Byte also takes a look at the Apple Watch 2’s screen and notes it’s “noticeably thinner” compared to the original Apple Watch display. This could mean an overall thinner profile for the Apple Watch 2 or it could just be making space for the thicker battery.
More interestingly, Byte notes the inclusion of “an additional chipset” on the Apple Watch 2’s Force Touch gasket. It’s unclear what this chipset is for, though it could be a component for 3D Touch, which features variable pressure sensitivity vs Force Touch’s single pressure sensitivity. This would bring the Apple Watch 2’s touchscreen up to spec with current iPhones with the feature.
It also appears Apple is sticking with the original design of the Apple Watch, dashing the hopes of those waiting for a circular watch. Byte shows off both the 38mm and 42mm sized screens of the upcoming watch, which falls in line with Apple’s current size offerings.
We can’t be 100% certain of these leaks but we won’t have to wait much longer to see the Apple Watch 2 in the metal. Tune in Wednesday to see what Apple announces at its San Francisco event.
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