iPhone 6C, Apple Watch 2 coming in March: Report

9 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

A brand new Apple Watch and a 4-inch iPhone 6C might launch in March.

Mark Gurman, of 9To5Mac, has reported Apple is planning a March event to launch two new Apple products: a second-generation Apple Watch 2 and a smaller iPhone 6C which will go back to the 4-inch (10cm) display. The second generation Apple Watch is likely to have some key features many were expecting to see in the first edition, including extra health sensors which will probably work through a smart band.

An Apple supplier in Taiwan previously hinted at the new Watch as part of its latest earnings call suggesting we are just seven months from the release of the next model. While an annual life cycle for an Apple product would not be surprising, it’s perhaps not the news people want to hear if they’re planning to buy an Apple Watch as a gift for Christmas. A statement in Taiwanese manufacturer Quanta’s earnings call by chairman Barry Lam said a new Apple Watch will be ready for sale by the end of the second quarter next year, DigiTimes reported.

The claims build on a rumour from a Korean report, which recently suggested the next watch’s size, shape and screen resolution will remain very similar. Apple is currently one of the few smartphone makers that makes a phone that’s 4-inches in size (iPhone 5S), which some people prefer over the bigger iPhone 6S and the gigantic iPhone 6S Plus. Again, if an iPhone 6C becomes a reality, it will come with a lower price tag than the bigger iPhones and a few lesser specs, including most likely a 8-megapixel camera. It boasts a ‘soft microfiber lining on the inside helps protect your iPhone, while the soft elastomer hinge design makes it easy to put the case on and take it off again.’ Meanwhile, some hope the revamped device will also have a better wireless chip to let it connect to an iPhone without the need for a constant Bluetooth connection. The current Apple Watch already uses Wi-Fi for app updates and sending some messages, but a new chip could allow users to send more data and get better location accuracy, Apple is also expected to make more expensive watch versions perhaps incorporating titanium or platinum, in between the $1,000 (£657) model and $10,000 (£6,579) gold edition.

The new 4-inch iPhone will have an A9 chip manufactured by both TSMC and Samsung, and glass with curved edges like the iPhone 6s,, according to an analyst note seen by AppleInsider. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims the iPhone 7, which is unlikely to launch until at least September 2016, will be the firm’s thinnest handset to date at just 6mm thick. However, thinner devices are potentially more vulnerable to being broken and the iPhone 6 Plus, for example, was criticised for bending in the pockets of its owners due to its larger, thinner design.

If Mr Kuo’s claims are true, Apple’s next-generation handset would be its thinnest yet, but it would still be significantly thicker than the thinnest phone in the world – Vivo’s X5 Max.

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