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Next Apple Watch could be considerably slimmer

Next Apple Watch could be considerably slimmer
Next Apple Watch could be considerably slimmer
The timing of the Apple Watch 2 reveal may coincide with this year's WWDC event in June ahead of the iPhone 7.

Analyst Brian White from institutional brokerage firm Drexel Hamilton claims that a thinner model of the Apple Watch is currently in the works and that the Cupertino company may unveil the device ahead of the inevitable iPhone 7. If true, we may see the Apple Watch successor this coming June at WWDC with an iPhone 7 reveal later in the Summer.

Accordingly, White suggests that the new smartwatch could be between 20 and 40 percent thinner than the current model. A number of analysts had predicted some sort of official announcement for the Apple Watch 2 last month, but the event was instead reserved for the new iPhone SE, iPad Pro, and various watchband accessories.

White is basing his forecasts on industry insiders from China, which coincides well with previous rumors from the Chinese media about the Apple Watch 2 being assembled by Quanta Computer for a Q2 2016 target launch date. With the second quarter of this year almost coming to an end, it may be likely that the first test units are still being tinkered with before mass production begins sometime this third quarter.

Apple recently dropped the price of its smartwatch to $299 USD from its launch price of $349 and is currently leading in smartwatch sales.


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Ronald Tiefenthäler/ Allen Ngo, 2016-04-12 (Update: 2016-04-12)