Apple Watch 2 release date, update: New smartwatch confirmed for keynote event in September 2016?


The Apple Watch 2 is going to be unveiled at Apple’s Sept. 7 event with new features, such as an integrated global positioning system (GPS) and health apps.

Sources familiar with Apple’s plans spoke to Bloomberg and revealed that the Apple Watch 2 will be present at the keynote event in San Francisco. The new smartwatch should sport GPS tracking and some health features, if what the sources said is true.

According to IT Pro, the GPS feature would make it independent of the iPhone. This was first hinted at the Nike app update.

“Leave your phone at home and run free with Apple Watch,” the changelog of the app reads.

This is only possible if the watch itself has a GPS for it to be able to track the runners’ location and progress.

Apart from the Apple Watch 2, the event should also see the reveal of the new iPhones and the launch of the iOS 10.

They did not disclose more details about the new Apple Watch, but 9to5Mac reported that not much change in terms of design is expected. However, it might come with an improvement on the speed. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also added via MacRumors that while it will have a similar form, it will feature a thinner display.

Furthermore, the mostly accurate analyst suggested that the smartwatch will have significant upgrades, such as waterproofing and a barometer. He also noted that cellular connectivity, which was previously rumored, might not arrive until 2017.

As of now, these are just hearsays and rumors, so it is best to take this information with skepticism.

Fans who are interested in the Apple Watch 2 can tune in to the livestream of Apple’s event on Sept. 7 at 10 a.m. PDT at Bill Graham Civic Center in San Francisco. The pricing, availability and specifications should be announced by then.