Apple Watch 2 release date: upgraded features for second generation wearable

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Apple will be having an event on Mar. 21, where they are expected to announce new gadgets such as the MacBook Pro 2016, a 4-inch version of the iPhone, an iPad Air or Pro update, and even the second generation Apple Watch.

The invites that were already sent out by the company simply said, “Let us loop you in,” which could imply several things.

Nonetheless, there are already several rumors regarding the second generation Apple Watch. The said wearable is anticipated to have more or less the same look as its predecessor, but with better power in the form of an ARM Cortex A32 processor. Additionally, the Apple Watch 2 is expected to have customizable new designs, ranging from sports bands to a black Milanese loop, as well as the high-end types such as the Hermes band. There are also talks that Apple will be releasing a new band made from a different material.

Meanwhile, other rumors pertaining to the Apple Watch 2 include the enhancement of its waterproof feature, longer battery life, new applications such as maps, and new operating system referred to as WatchOS 2.2.

Aside from these, an application for exclusivity spotted on the database of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last month also sparked rumors that the upcoming wearable may feature automatic adjustment of volume based on the environment’s sound. In addition, Apple’s recent tie-up with IBM and the American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA) made others assume that the Apple Watch 2 may include some health features.

At this point, the details about the Apple Watch 2 should be taken with a grain of salt, as Apple has not officially confirmed or announced anything about it. Because the announcement date is uncertain, some believe that it will indeed be unveiled during Apple’s event next week, while others bank on an announcement much later this year, possibly along with the iPhone 7 in September.