Apple Watch 2 rumors have been heating up lately as we get further into 2016, and a new report suggests that we’ll see an Apple Watch 2 release early this year.
It’s been almost a year since the Apple Watch was first released, initially launching in late April of last year. As with most of Apple’s products, many users have been wondering if the Apple Watch would get a yearly refresh cycle, and it was a needed questions, as smartwatches are a bit different than smartphones and tablets.
However, we’ve been hearing all sorts of rumors about the Apple Watch 2, which has been said to arrive at some point this year, but things like new features have been pretty scarce in the rumor mill.
The good news is that there’s a new report that claims the Apple Watch 2 release is right around the corner, but the details tell us to not get as excited as you currently might be.
According to 9to5Mac, Apple plans to announce and unveil the Apple Watch 2 at some point in March, but the refresh won’t be as much of an overhaul as you might think.
Instead, it’s said that Apple will merely announce a new series of band color options, as well as some options from various partnerships like we saw with Hermes last year. No hardware refresh is expected at that time, but it’s possible that Apple could release watchOS 2.2 to the public around this time, which could bring some new functionality to the Apple Watch.
This update is already in beta mode and includes the ability to use multiple Apple Watches with the same iPhone, as well as a handful of Apple Maps improvements on the wearable.
9to5Mac also says that a true Apple Watch 2 release will be arriving in the fall, with an announcement in September, probably when the iPhone 7 is unveiled, but that’s a ways off yet.
However, the March rumor for new Apple Watch stuff does go along well with some other Apple rumors, including the iPhone 6c (or the iPhone 5se, as its also being called), which is rumored to be announced in March as well, so it’s likely that Apple will hold a March event this year ahead of WWDC 2016.
Overall, it looks like it could be a busy year for Apple, as they’ll hold a handful of events this year and announce a lot of new products, but we’ll have to wait and see what the company has up its sleeves for this year.