A new report alleges that Apple is not planning to implement a new design for the next generation of the Apple Watch. The tech behemoth will instead focus on granting it an improved set of specs.
Apple has traditionally released its iPhones in a similar pattern. It looks like this will be an ‘s’ year for the Apple Watch, with changes in internal components but minimum changes in aesthetics. This information comes from well-known KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. His predictions were detailed in a research note which was obtained by Apple Insider.
According to the document, major style changes such as a thinner profile will only come about in 2017 for the Apple Watch. This falls in line with previous rumors which had indicated that the upcoming second-gen version will feature a larger battery and a better display to ensure enhanced outdoor visibility.
Kuo was less than enthusiastic on his predictions for the future of the Apple Watch. He thinks the device is doomed to suffer low sales in 2016, forecasting the smartwatch will ship only 7.5 million total units this year. His guess is based on his belief that there is an immature market for wearables right now.
The analyst also asserts that only 10.6 million Apple Watch units were shipped in 2015, much lower than the market consensus. The company itself did not confirm this, but has stated that the gadget’s sales have risen each quarter since it had made its debut in April 2015.
There’s no definitive release date for the next Apple Watch yet. Some predict it may see the light of day in June during the brand’s Worldwide Developers Conference, while others say it could be launched in September alongside the iPhone 7.