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Apple Watch 2 Display and Battery Components Measured Against Original Model in New Video

After sharing photos and a video of the thin display and larger battery for the Apple Watch 2, Byte today posted a video focused on comparing the measurements of the new and old Apple Watch generations. As expected, the measurements for the Apple Watch 2 represent an overall slightly thinner display than the original model, while its battery is noticeably thicker.

Thanks to the detailed measurements, Byte was able to confirm that the Apple Watch 2's display is 2.86 mm at its thickest location and 2.12 at its thinnest, compared to 3.57 mm and 2.99 mm, respectively, for the original Apple Watch.

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The thickest point of the Apple Watch display (left) vs thickest point of the Apple Watch 2 display (right)

The Apple Watch 2's slightly different measurements continued in the height and width of its display (appearing to be a 42mm model), which measured 39.47 mm tall and 33.43 mm wide. The first generation Apple Watch came in at 38.74 mm tall and 32.65 mm wide, so while the Apple Watch 2 is slightly taller and longer, the overall difference appears to be similarly negligible as iPhone generations that jump between the main models and an "S" generation.

Byte also measured the thickness, length, and width of each generation of Apple Watch battery, with the first measuring 3.95 mm thick, 27.46 long, and 18.42 mm wide. Comparatively, the upcoming second generation Apple Watch battery measured 5.11 mm thick, 27.50 mm long, and 18.71 mm wide, falling in line with previous rumors that the Apple Watch 2 would have a larger battery to fuel speedier performance and improve its recharge life.


The battery for the 42mm Apple Watch 2 was investigated in a video last week, and was rated for 1.28 watt-hours. If proved true, this means that the 42mm Apple Watch 2 will have a 334 mAh battery that is 35.7% larger than the 246 mAh battery in the original 42mm model. Last week's video also showed Apple Watch 2 components like the Force Touch gasket, but the piece wasn't measured due to the similar size between each generation.

Byte also shared a circular gasket component of the Apple Watch 2, speculating its potential involvement in providing further water resistance to the unit, particularly its appropriate size for the heart rate sensor.

Apple is expected to announce the Apple Watch 2 during tomorrow's media event, along with the debut of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Despite the slight differences in the measurement of its display and battery, the new generation of Apple Watch will still keep the external design of the current model.

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39 months ago

If the overall watch is the same size as the current model, the size of the individual parts is less important.


On the contrary: if the overall watch is the same size as the current model, but the size of the individual parts are smaller, then it will likely have a bigger battery and better battery life! So good news if this is the case.
Rating: 9 Votes
39 months ago

except for those who already have one (me) and see no reason to buy another one with this minimal change.

as well as everyone else who didn't buy it and still see no reason to.


So my question is... who is going to buy this?


"No one will want this because I don't want this"

This statement is nearly always incorrect.
Rating: 6 Votes
39 months ago


Current watch looks horrible on my small arms, it's slightly too thick.


Your arms are wrong. Replace as by Apple's instructions.
Rating: 5 Votes
39 months ago

Why do people want always on when they don't constantly look at their watch.


Because it's getting difficult to complain about other things.
Rating: 5 Votes
39 months ago

except for those who already have one (me) and see no reason to buy another one with this minimal change.

as well as everyone else who didn't buy it and still see no reason to.


So my question is... who is going to buy this?


Lots will buy it for the GPS, if this rumor is true.
Rating: 5 Votes
39 months ago
OMG it's thinner!!! Just like EVERYBODY was requesting!


(not)
Rating: 5 Votes
39 months ago

It's pretty bad when you have to break out the calipers to figure out what is different about a product that is coming out 2 years after the first product.

Apple 2 is going to finally show a LOT of investors that Apple can't innovate anymore. I think if 2016 was poor for Apple's sales, 2017 is going to be very bad for Apple's stock and reputation because all Apple will be trying to do is sell old crap that hasn't seen innovation since Steve Jobs was around.


GPS is huge for a lot of people. Better performance is also huge for a lot of people. Just because something doesn't interest you that doesn't mean no one else is interested. I seriously considered buying an AW1 but decided to hold out and see what they do with the second gen. If what's rumored is true then it's more than enough to pull me in and I'm willing to bet I'm not the only one. I don't know where this myth that Apple changes the world every 1-2 years came from.
Rating: 4 Votes
39 months ago
This is the first time I actually want a thinner device from apple, and they keep it at the same thickness. Great /s :D

Current watch looks horrible on my small arms, it's slightly too thick.
Rating: 4 Votes
39 months ago

I charge nightly and so far don't have any issues getting through the day.


Regardless, more battery life is always better!
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OMG it's thinner!!! Just like EVERYBODY was requesting!


You joke, but the Apple Watch is one of the few Apple products that people wouldn't mind being thinner. If you had picked literally any other product, you'd be right on the money. Unlucky. :)
Rating: 4 Votes
39 months ago

Regardless, more battery life is always better!


If the new larger battery enables an "always-on" watch face, then that is literally the one thing that might tempt me to upgrade mine.

Given my usage patterns, I don't need longer battery life (I wouldn't *object* to it obviously, but it hasn't been an issue for me). On the other hand, always-on watch face would be a *huge* improvement. And I could always disable it (presumably) on occasions when I want to stretch the battery.
Rating: 4 Votes

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