Apple Watch 2 investigation: What’s coming on the next version

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The Apple Watch 2 rumour mill is bubbling under nicely and you can be sure that in a secret design lab somewhere in Cupertino, the next Apple Watch sits under lock and key.

But if you were Tim Cook for a day, what would you demand from the next incarnation of the Apple Watch?

That’s the question that we posed to a line up of CEOs, designers, business insiders and industry analysts. Here is the insider wish list for Watch 2.0 together with the latest Apple Watch 2 rumours circulating on the web.

Okay, so your watch makes it through the day, but one of the reasons that Apple had to drop some of the hyped functionality of the original was because they knew it didn’t have the juice for it.
Almost every one we questioned wanted a more robust battery this time around and Daniel Matte, who leads wearables research at Canalys says that processor tech could yield the biggest gains. Warning: things are about to get really techy.

“It would be great if Apple could utilise Samsung Foundry’s 14FF process to manufacture the chipsets in the Apple Watch 2,” he said.

“It’s already using them in the iPhone, and it would provide major benefits for energy efficiency, which would impact performance and battery life.”

The current Apple Watch uses an S1 chip that uses 28nm architecture. The bigger the nanometer size, more power it requires, so Samsung’s 14nm could really make an impact.

However, there’s not going to be a sudden answer to the battery life question. Even the benefit of 14nm processors will be measured in hours not days. The best we can hope for is an always-on screen that lasts a whole day. A week or month of battery life is not on the horizon.

The rumour mill agrees, suggesting that instead of drastically improving battery life, Apple will add new features while making sure the Watch gets to the end of one day of use. This is the approach it took with iPads.

“First of all, I believe that no one should have to buy a new watch in just one year, so Tim Cook should thank those who supported the watch, with a free upgrade. It’s the least Apple could do,” said Daniel Will-Harris (above) a watch designer, who sells his time pieces through New York’s Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim.

He may also be a hopeless tech romantic if he believes Apple will dish out free upgrades.

The multi talented industrial designer also believes that Apple should refresh its colour palette too. “It needs to lose the garish, childish hues we’ve had to endure since iOS 7 and use a selection of colour themes ranging from tasteful to playful.”

Of course, some of the fallout from the first-gen Watch was that it didn’t look, well, Apple, enough. “The first Watch was all about branding, Apple wanted it to look different so people would know you were wearing one, but it was kind of homely and looked like a science project from the 90s,” argued Will-Harris.

I’d like to see improvements in the original’s typography too, with it’s sloppy, amateurish kerning
“I want them to actually want it to look beautiful. And, yes, the whole digital crown thing was complicated, unnecessary and dirt catching, like the Apple Mouse scroll ball that always stopped working. I’d like to see improvements in the original’s typography too, with it’s sloppy, amateurish kerning.”

Kerning? That’s the spacing of the numbers on the face.

Ultimately, it all comes down to the casing for Will-Harris:

“It needs to be circular because this is the perfect representation for time, because it repeats anew every day. From the first sundials to the phases of the moon, time has always been circular.” Will-Harris cites Marc Newsom’s Ikepod watches as a reference point.

Are you listening, Sir Jony?

As for web rumours around design, 9to5mac is reporting that new materials will be added to the Apple Watch line-up such as titanium, tungsten, palladium, and platinum.

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