Apple May Unveil Thinner Apple Watch 2 in June at WWDC 2016

A couple of research notes issued today by Drexel Hamilton analyst Brian White, who is currently on a Chinese tech tour, suggest that Apple may announce a 40% thinner Apple Watch 2 at the upcoming WWDC 2016 in June (via MacRumors). The Wall Street analyst has also cited a source who believes that only the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus will feature a dual camera system, similar to what KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted earlier this week.

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White claims in his research notes that Apple will begin the mass production of iPhone 7 in July, adding that the smartphone will assist Apple and its suppliers return to smartphone growth in the second half of 2016, only a few months after the iPhone experienced its first year-over-year quarterly sales decline ever. He further predicts that a 20% to 40% thinner Apple Watch 2 could be unveiled by June, possibly at Apple’s annual WWDC, which could take place between June 13-17.

Our meeting with a tech supply chain company highlighted a rough end to 2015 with significant forecast reductions from Apple; however, forecasts have been stable since then with 2Q:16 expected to be the trough. After a YoY sales decline in 1Q:16, our contact expects to return to growth in H2:2016. Production of parts of the iPhone 7 are expected to begin in July.

Finally, we walked away with the sense that the Apple Watch refresh will not occur in September with the iPhone 7, but is more likely to occur within the next 2-3 months, and thus we believe an unveiling at WWDC in June makes sense. We believe Apple Watch 2 could be 20-40% thinner than the current Apple Watch.

If Apple does in fact introduce the next generation Apple Watch 2 in 2016, it would show that the company may be elongating the wearable’s release cycle beyond one year to avoid consumer exhaustion. 

Do you think Apple should release Apple Watch 2 this year or should it wait another year or so before the refresh?

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  • Francis Paquette

    This year I want one

  • Jay

    I sincerely hope so… was hoping for a new watch back in march for the 1 year anniversary of the first watch. Tired of my pebble but refuse to get an appleWatch right before they announce a new one -_-

  • Matt

    Fingers crossed on better waterproofing. I want to feel comfortable swimming with it on

  • Dominic Buteau

    who doesn’t it’s hard to find a smart electronic that has a heart rate sensor and waterproofing capabilities.

  • jmcd102

    I prefer to wait but I don’t care if it is thinner. Rather have more tech built in than a thinner watch.

  • SOB

    Built in GPS would be nice.

  • jmcd102

    Exactly

  • floydstyle

    Thinner = less battery life? No thanks. i find the actual size perfect and light enough. i’d like more options and fonctionality over thinner watch

  • sukisszoze

    Waterproofing, longer battery life and better tracking of variety of fitness activities would be great.

  • OliChabot

    Like everyone else, I’d like it to be slightly thinner (maybe 1-2mm), but still, prefer it to have more functionnalities instead. Would gladly get one because I now want a 42mm !

  • OliChabot

    Everyday when I go to sleep and put my watch on the charger I still have 20-30% left, so battery life isn’t really a issue for me but no need for it to be 40% thinner…

  • jmcd102

    My wife can drain her battery so the 32mm could not really get thinner with less battery life.
    The size is fine for now. Focus on more features. Innovative rather than just shrink.

  • disqus_MgNZdGvnX4

    Basis Peak has both HR sensor and is waterproof.

  • Dominic Buteau

    Thanks 🙂