Apple Watch 2 Said to Debut in 2016, Could Ship 2M Units Per Month: Digitimes

Apple’s demo of watchOS 3 at WWDC on-stage showed a remarkable improvement in the speed of apps launching on Apple Watch, in what the company said was an 7-times improvement compared to before.

When watchOS 3 will hit the masses this fall, it will breathe new life into your smartwatch, and eliminate the current plague of app-waiting (hopefully). Hey, don’t like waiting–just buy the next-gen Apple Watch, right?

A new rumour from hit-and-miss Asian publication Digitimes claims the second generation Apple Watch could be making its debut later this year, as the company has reportedly stepped up its orders for parts for the watch’s next release.

Sources also claim orders have been “higher-than-expected”, suggesting estimates of two million units Apple Watch orders per month. The move by Apple to generate orders has been “rather aggressive”, claims unnamed sources.

Shipments of components for the next watch are said to start in the third quarter, which means the period from July to September.

Earlier this year, Digitimes claimed the second-gen Apple Watch would enter mass production in the second quarter of this year, with Quanta Computer said to be the sole manufacturer of the device.

Back in April, the publication reported Taiwanese Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) had landed the majority of system-in-package (SiP) orders.

As for the design of Apple Watch 2, it is said to be the same as the original, but rather come with an “s” hardware upgrade and improvements, with a major redesign reportedly set for 2017, instead.