Apple provided more details about the Apple Watch earlier this week during its Apple Watch event, discussing price points, battery life and other features, but here’s why you should wait for the next-generation Apple Watch 2.
Granted, we don’t know if a next-generation Apple Watch will release next year or at some other point in the future, but seeing as how Apple updates almost all of their products on a yearly basis, we’d assume that we’ll see an “Apple Watch 2” at some point, which is why it might be a good idea to wait for the next one to release instead of jumping on the one that’s releasing on April 24.
The Apple Watch will no doubt be popular amongst iOS consumers, but there’s a saying that great things come to those who wait, and users who wait for the Apple Watch 2 could get an overall better product than the first-generation Apple Watch.
Here are five reasons why you should wait for the second-generation Apple Watch.
Apple has confirmed that the Apple Watch will launch with 8GB of flash storage, but not all of that space can be used for music, photos, etc. Some of it needs to be reserved for Apple Watch apps and the operating system itself. With that said, the Apple Watch can store up to 2GB of music and 75MB of photos.
How much music and how many photos is this exactly? It really depends on how high of a quality your songs are and how large your photos are, but you can expect to squeeze in about 260 songs if each song was 7.5MB in size. Obviously, this will vary depending on the quality of the song. As for photos, considering that most of them that you take with your iPhone are around 1.5MB to 2MB, you can expect to fit between 35 to 50 photos, butApple says that any photos that you store on your Apple Watch will be downsized and compressed to a smaller file size, meaning that you’ll be able to fit more photos onto your Apple Watch.
We wouldn’t be surprised if the Apple Watch 2 came with more internal storage — maybe 16GB this time around, but I think it will ultimately depend on customer feedback and whether or not users really need more than 8GB of storage on their smartwatch. However, it still doesn’t hurt to wait to see what the company does in this department.
Apple detailed the different price points of the Apple Watch earlier this week, with the wearable starting at $349 and going all the way up to $10,000 for the gold Apple Watch Edition.
$349 is a tough pill to swallow for a smartwatch, especially considering that competing smartwatches, like the Moto 360, start at just $249.
If $350 is too much for you, then waiting for the second-generation Apple Watch may pay off, as Apple will most likely drop the price of the first-generation model when it releases a second-generation Apple Watch. This is what the company does with almost all of its products.
How much could the first-generation model cost when a new one comes out? That’s hard to say, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see the price dropped to $249, while the second-generation Apple Watch stayed the same $349. Of course, which one you buy is up to you. You’ll save more money by opting for the original Apple Watch, but you’ll get more bang for your buck with the Apple Watch 2 whenever it comes out.
Better Battery Life
At the Apple Watch event, CEO Tim Cook officially announced that the Apple Watch battery would be able to last around 18 hours give or take, depending on how often you use it.
This goes along with what Cook said a couple months back, where users will probably need to charge the device every day based on how much they’ll use it.
Still, this is about the same crappy battery life that most other smartwatches on the market are currently getting, and it seems that it’ll be difficult to go a full 24 hours without recharging the Apple Watch.
However, Cook did a great job at spinning bad battery life into a positive when he said that “you’re going to wind up charging it daily” because you’ll use it so much. By this, Cook means that you’ll love using the Apple Watch so much that you’ll end up using it a lot, and because of that, the battery will drain quicker.
However, the next-generation Apple Watch could get better battery life. It probably won’t be much, but even the ability to go two days on a single charge would be a revolution for a fully-capable smartwatch like the Apple Watch.
A product really doesn’t show its true problems until it releases and millions of users get their hands on one. During the announcement and during hands-on time for the press and media, a product is presented in its best light. However, when it officially releases to the public, that’s when problems start to appear. Plus, first-generation products are usually full of bugs and can have all sorts of problems.
The original iPhone didn’t have 3G or GPS, the original iPad didn’t even have a camera, and the first-generation MacBook Air under-performed considering the high price tag. Of course, all of these products were revolutions when they were first launched, but they eventually got so much better. The same will most likely apply to the Apple Watch.
The Apple Watch will launch with different models to choose from, which includes aluminum, stainless steel, and gold. However, recent rumors have suggested that there could be a version in the future made out of platinum, which is rarer than gold and bit more durable.
Of course, aluminum and stainless steel models will undoubtedly stick around, but the gold Apple Watch Edition will be interesting to watch over the next year so to see if Apple keeps it around, or replaces it with a platinum version instead.
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