Apple may sell as many as six million Apple Watch 2 unit’s within its first few weeks of release, if a new NextWorth survey — as noted by Computerworld. Of course, Apple hasn’t even announced an Apple Watch 2 yet, but I’m predicting (hoping?) that we’ll see it along with an “iPhone 7” announcement sometime between Sept. 9 and Sept. 12.
The Apple Watch 2 (pictured here in fanciful mock-ups only) is predicted to sell more devices in the first 6 months than the original device has sold since it's launch,” a NextWorth rep told Computerworld. The findings are based on a NextWorth survey across 540 current smartwatch or fitness tracker owners. The survey found that:
- Fifty percent of current Apple Watch owners say they’ll upgrade;
- Twenty-two percent of non-smartwatch owners plan to buy one this year.
Also, a recent Wristly survey found that 94% of existing Apple Watch customers are still satisfied with their devices.
So what would be new in an updated Apple Watch? Some sites are suggesting that a FaceTime camera for video calls would be added, but the biggest change would be to make the Watch less dependent on the iPhone when on an Wi-Fi network. The setup and update processes could be made much faster as a result. Also, lots of folks are hoping for a waterproof (as opposed to water resistant) Apple smartwatch.
There are also reports that Apple will introduce a "smart band" capable of monitoring important health data such as "blood oxygen levels, respiratory rate, blood pressure, and body temperature," and perhaps more. Some analysts are predicting that it will be "20 to 40% thinner" than the original Apple Watch. Others claim that the display will have a flexible OLED, but won't change in terms of size or resolution.