Quanta Reportedly Developing Next-Gen Apple Watch for 2016 Launch

WatchQuanta Computer is reportedly working with Apple on development of the next-generation Apple Watch, according to Chinese-language website United Daily News [Google Translate].

The report is based on recent comments made by Quanta Computer chairman Barry Lam, who allegedly said development of Apple's next wearable device is underway. Quanta assembles the current Apple Watch.

UDN claims the new Apple Watch will launch late in the second quarter of 2016, with volume shipments beginning in the third quarter.

If the rumored timeline is correct, the next-generation Apple Watch could launch by June 2016, with increased production towards mid- to late-2016. The current Apple Watch was announced in September 2014 and released last April.

A few months ago, Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri claimed the second-generation Apple Watch will launch in mid- to late-2016 and be thinner than current models. Few details are known about the upcoming device beyond a June report that said it will feature a FaceTime video camera and expanded Wi-Fi capabilities.

While a next-generation Apple Watch launching next year is realistic, UDN's report is questionable and should be treated with a proverbial grain of salt.

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Buyer's Guide: Apple Watch (Neutral)

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57 months ago
I, for one, am very excited about FaceTime calls where the camera is pointed straight up my nostrils.
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57 months ago
But but... Steve would never make a watch without 2 GB of RAM.

This thing needs a file system to be productive!

This toy needs a USB port!

If it can't run OS X and full apps then it's a failure of a watch!

Am I MacRumoring right?
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57 months ago
please more ram or whatever so that overpriced notification center may actually become useful. by the time the apps decide to open, whatever i was trying to do is already over
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57 months ago
I don't care about thinner, I care about faster. Apple needs Apps that load up instantly like on the iPhone. Otherwise not a chance in hell I'd upgrade.
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57 months ago

I really hope Apple adds utility and rethinks the price. I have only seen one in the wild, and current the Apple watch section in Apple stores is always dead.

I see a trend happening in Macrumors, people are becoming more critical of Tim Cook and skeptical of the path Apple is taking. If 2nd generation isn't a jaw dropper, then someone should get the boot!

Hmmm....

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57 months ago
I wish Apple would put this much focus into their computers.
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