Apple Watch 2 rumors start heating up

We're already starting to see reports surrounding the Apple Watch 2.

Apple Watch 2 rumors
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The Apple Watch has only been on the market for about seven months or so. Nevertheless, Apple, being the company that it is, is already working hard on the next-generation of the Apple Watch, a device likely to be called the Apple Watch 2.

While details are obviously still quite scarce at this point, early indications point to the Apple Watch 2 featuring a built-in video camera, thereby enabling users to initiate and receive Facetime calls from their wrist.

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Other Apple Watch 2 rumors suggest that we might see an even more diverse lineup of models and styles. With respect to the device's form factor, however, don't expect any big changes. The display is likely to remain the exact same size, but I wouldn't be surprised if the overall thickness of the device was lessened even just a little bit. Additionally, if history is any indication, it's a good bet that the Apple Watch 2 will sport much improved battery life over the original.

As far as a release date goes, the rumblings we've seen thus far suggest that the next-gen Apple Watch will likely hit store shelves sometime next fall, most likely in September alongside the iPhone 7 rollout. If this rumor pans out, it would mark an approximately 18-month separation between the first and second-generation Apple Watch, more than enough time for Apple to really add some bells and whistles to its next-gen wearable.

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On a related note, a report in Digitimes just this past week relayed that Apple is already looking for a second supplier to help them ensure that demand issues are kept to a minimum by the time the Apple Watch 2 is released. As it stands now, Apple's manufacturing partner for the Apple Watch is Quanta, but some of the other companies Apple is currently talking to include Inventec, Foxconn, and Wistron.

Interestingly, the report also claims that Apple lowered its shipment order for Apple Watch units for the current quarter, decreasing an initial order of 6 million units down to 4 million units.

Apple has placed orders for four million Apple Watches for the fourth quarter, targeting mainly demand from the year-end holidays. Sales of Apple Watch are expected to surpass 10 million units in 2015...

Apple originally planned to place orders for six million Apple Watches for the fourth quarter, but has reduced the volume since demand for the device is not as strong as expected, the paper noted.

As for how the Apple Watch is selling thus far, well, Apple has remained unusually mum on the matter. What we do know, according to Tim Cook, is that sales have increased with each successive quarter.

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