“Every other year, Apple redesigns its iPhones,” Caitlin McGarry reports for Macworld. “It looks like the Apple Watch will be on the same biennial hardware overhaul schedule, if KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is on target (and he usually is).”
“Kuo notes that the second-gen model will have ‘limited changes to form factor design,'” McGarry reports. “Expect internal improvements, though Kuo didn’t say what those might be. We can guess, though. Reports last summer indicated that an Apple Watch 2 was already in the works with a Wi-Fi chip that would allow the watch to function on its own without an iPhone nearby. That would make the device a whole lot more useful than it is now. (The watch can currently connect to a Wi-Fi network that its paired iPhone has used before, but can’t connect to a Wi-Fi network on its own.)”
McGarry reports, “Rumor has it Apple has also considered the addition of a FaceTime camera, though I can’t imagine ever using something like that.”
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MacDailyNews Take: What’s so difficult about imagining a FaceTime-capable Apple Watch? Sure seems pretty useful to us.
Also, it certainly would be useful to be able to join unknown Wi-Fi networks directly from the Apple Watch.