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What can be expected from Apple Watch 2

What can be expected from Apple Watch 2
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What can be expected from Apple Watch 2
Text:Hitesh Raj Bhagat and Karan Bajaj, ET Bureau

Now that we have a fixed date and invite for Apple's major launch event, we can round up everything we've heard about the latest products.

You probably know that the big showcase will be the next iPhone, but there's likely to be a refresh to the Apple Watch as well.

Lets have a look at the possible features of this new watch:
Two Versions?
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Two Versions?
The Apple Watch is distinctive but it doesn't appeal much to purists who love the classic round design.

There is a possibility that Apple may launch two versions of the Apple Watch: a slightly updated, lower priced version of the existing watch with better battery life -and a brand new Watch S with a circular OLED display.

If this happens, both should be available in different sizes (38 and 42mm) as before.
A New Display -Micro LED Technology
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A New Display -Micro LED Technology
The OLED display on Apple Watch is already pretty good, but any mobile device could do with some improvements.

In 2014, Apple purchased a company called LuxVue Technology-they specialize in micro LED (mLED) display technology think of it like the next evolution of OLED.

Like OLED, mLED does not need a backlight (which means the display has infinite contrast) but it's also thinner, way more power efficient and can get much brighter.
Enhanced Waterproofing
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Enhanced Waterproofing
The existing Apple Watch is water resistant of course, but you couldn't wear one while swimming.

This is an obvious area of improvement and something that would open up the Watch to fitness and adventure sports enthusiasts as well.
Larger Battery
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Larger Battery
The easiest way to get better battery life is to include a larger battery at the expense of added bulk.However, if the other components could be shrunk, the battery could be made larger.

This, combined with a more efficient screen could mean a 2 to 3 day battery.
Bands with More Functionality
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Bands with More Functionality
Safe to assume we'll see some new designs and there's a possibility of 'authorised' third party bands.

One of the interesting possibilities is an extended battery band.

There is a lot of wasted space on a band which can be used for batteries.
Lesser Reliance on iPhone
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Lesser Reliance on iPhone
The new Watch might have more independence & be able to access internet using WiFi on its own.

Some rumours have also hinted at the possibility of the Watch having its own cellular radio and its own SIM card slot though we consider this unlikely.
Compatibility with Android
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Compatibility with Android
This is least likely and that's a shame.

Android & iOS make up most of the smartphone market globally (majority Android). And after all, Android Wear watches work on both iOS and Android.

The potential market opens up considerably -which is important because IDC recently reported that the global smartwatch market saw a year-on-year decline of 32 per cent.

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