The Apple Watch Series 2, unveiled in September 2016, is the classic second-gen product. Following on from an intriguing and generally pleasing original, it smoothed off the rough edges (not literally, of course) and squeezed in the specs and feature we would have liked to see the first time round: GPS, a two-day battery life, decent water resistance. Our reviewer considered it his favourite Apple product in years. (See
Apple Watch Series 2 review)
It’s too early to say how frequently the Apple Watch will be updated – there was a 16-month hiatus between
first-gen and Series 2 – but we’re moderately optimistic that the Series 3 will roll out late in 2017.
How can Apple improve on near-perfection? The really big step is going to be cutting the cord from the iPhone (something you might say Apple itself needs to do in the next three to five years, as the smartphone boom gently winds down) and setting the watch up as a truly standalone device; one that can connect to cellular internet and place calls off its own bat. It might be too early for that, unfortunately (there will be major compromises in terms of dimensions, price and battery life), but it’s on our wishlist.
If 2017 sees only a minor update to the watch, or no update at all, at least we seem assured of a fourth update to the watchOS software, and after the delights and fundamental interface rethink of watchOS 3 that could be almost as significant an upgrade as new hardware.
Apple Watch 3 release date rumours