Apple Watch 2 to launch in summer 2016 in ‘limited quantities,’ Apple assembler leaks

“A new Apple Watch 2 could make its debut in the summer of 2016, according to new leaks from an Apple supplier,” Alexandra Burlacu reports for Tech Times. “The Apple Watch became official in September 2014, but only hit [extremely limited] commercial availability in April 2015.”

“Nevertheless, a new report out of China now claims that an Apple Watch 2 is already in the works, set to launch sooner than previously expected,” Burlacu reports. “Citing Quanta Computer Chairman Barry Lam, China’s United Daily News reports that the second-generation Apple Watch will launch in limited quantities sometime during the summer of 2016.”

“Shortly after Lam’s news, the Chinese media started circulating several rumors regarding the Apple Watch 2, including an estimated retail launch near the end of the second quarter of 2016,” Burlacu reports. “Volume shipment, meanwhile, is reportedly slated for the third quarter of next year.”

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Luke Dormehl reports for Cult of Mac, “While Apple currently relies on Quanta Computer to build its first-gen wearable device, the company is said to also be speaking with Inventec, Wistron and Foxconn Electronics — all companies Cupertino has previously worked with — to help build its follow-up smartwatch, which is expected to arrive in the second quarter of 2016.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Bring it on (in sufficient launch quantity)!

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14 Comments

        1. Sorry, that was before my first coffee of the day. The fact remains that this Apple supplier did indeed state this information. “rogifan'” statement remains baseless and devoid of any proof of his claim.

          1. They may well have made the statement, but rogifan is sort of correct in that often leaks like this lead to that company no longer getting Apple contracts. His statement is a little too absolute though.
            The proof of it though, is history. It is littered with companies that lost contracts with Apple in the past because of public comments Apple did not authorize. This seems to be more lax under Tim Cook than Steve, but Apple still likes to be the one in charge of their PR and reacts often poorly on those that take that away from them.

      1. Not only is this ‘leak’ conveniently just ahead of the holiday buying season, it’s also substantially earlier than the pre-production build up for most other Apple products. When a new iPhone is going to be released, we start getting rumours about three months ahead. It also seems very strange that this rumour is directly attributed to Barry Lam, who knows about Apple’s displeasure about suppliers with loose tongues.

        While I have no doubt that there will be a new Apple Watch, I would treat this particular rumour with a substantial quantity of salt.

  1. I think the soonest that Apple will debut the Watch 2 is in September 2016. It’s a complementary device to the iPhone, so it doesn’t make sense to sell it before the new models are released. History shows that every second year sees a major form factor change for the iPhone. Whether or not that happens, Apple will want the Watch to piggyback iPhone sales.

  2. Think I’ll wait until Apple Watch 3 or 4 being content with my Watch 1. I can’t imagine (yet) improvements that would be so amazing I would want to buy another one for a while. I do think Apple Watch’s real sales growth will occur with the second iteration. Next year will only see traditional Swiss watch woes going to even more draconian levels.

  3. Well, at some point they will come out with Apple Watch 2.
    If It does Dick Tracy I buy it.
    If it doesn’t, I don’t buy it.
    If it does, they will sell a whole bunch, MUCH more, than the first.
    Then Tim Cook can say ” Who really needs an iPhone, I mean really, why would anyone buy an iPhone….. you can make calls, and do EVERYTHING on your Watch”. Some say it will run Windows, and have a i7 intel chip.

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