The first Apple Watch isn’t even out yet, and rumors are already swirling about the second one, such is the eager anticipation for brand new Apple products. Obviously, it’s far too early to take any of the reports too seriously, but there may be a kernel of truth in some of them.
We’ve already heard whispers of more Apple Watch style options, including a platinum version, which was mentioned by the Wall Street Journal, shortly after the first Apple Watch launch event took place. It’s likely that Apple will show off new casing materials and strap designs or colors as time goes on, once they’re Jony Ive approved.
However, much more interesting than the idea of new styling options for the Watch, is the latest news from Cowen & Co. semiconductor analyst Timothy Arcuri. Arcuri hinted the second Apple Watch won’t have to rely on your iPhone to get its Internet or other key functions. The analyst believes that the next-generation Watch will be a standalone device that’s friendly with the iPhone, but not dependent upon it for almost every action.
An OLED screen from Samsung might also be in the works for the second Watch, Arcuri hinted. To top it all off, Arcuri claimed that this second Watch will arrive as early as this year, which seems highly doubtful.
Arcuri’s reports are often hit or miss — this is the same guy who says Apple will make a 4-inch iPhone again — so it’s reasonable to take his comments with healthy dose of skepticism. Two tangential points in his report may prove true, though. Arcuri mentioned that Apple faces supply constraints for the first Watch, with only 6 million units to be ready by June. He also mentioned that the A9 processor is in the works for the iPhone 6S, which could launch this coming fall.