Apple Watch 2: GPS, a barometer and better waterproofing -- oh my!

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The Apple Watch.

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It's Monday, and you know what that means -- it's Apple rumor time!

These rumors have some weight to them, though, thanks to the source -- Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst with KGI Securities who has had accurate insight into Apple announcements in the past. This time Kuo is speculating about the Apple Watch 2 and what changes will be coming to the wearable, along with upgrades coming to the Apple Watch 1. So what can we expect?

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So what does Kuo have to say? Mikey Campbell shares the details:

Kuo believes Apple is planning to launch two...Apple Watch versions...both of which offer moderate improvements over their predecessor. The first...will be an iterative upgrade on the original Apple Watch...but with improved intervals like a TSMC processor built on the 16nm process. Waterproofing should also be...improved.
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A second version, dubbed "Apple Watch 2,"...will include a GPS radio and barometer for improved geolocation capabilities.

That isn't much to go on. Surely we know more about the Apple Watch 2 than that. Sadly, not too much more, but Mihai A. elaborates:

Kuo claims...the Apple Watch 2 specs will include both a GPS and a barometer. From the looks of it, the main highlight of the Apple Watch 2 will be its ability to track location and altitude...features that should make the Watch 2 more appealing to the fitness crowd.

Well, it's something, right? What about looks? That's gotta change, right? Maybe not. Benjamin Mayo clicks his heels twice and brings us back to the Apple Watch 1:

The analyst believes Apple will be doing the equivalent of an ‘iPhone S’ update where it keeps the same physical design as the first Apple Watch and...revamps the internals...Customers demanding a thinner body or different chassis aesthetics will be disappointed...Major external design changes appear to be on the cards for the next generation of Apple’s Watch hardware, "Apple Watch 3." 
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Kuo expects Apple Watch...to see price cuts...following a $50 reduction to the price of Apple Watch Sport in March. The Apple Watch 1 could go even cheaper, perhaps $100 less, pushing Apple Watch below the $200 mark.

And when should we expect these new Apple Watches? Joe Rossignol fills us in:

Apple has been pushing iPhone and Apple Watch sales together, so updated models of each device launching in tandem would be appropriate. The tentatively named iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are rumored to launch on September 16, with pre-orders...starting...September 9, so...Apple Watch 2 and upgraded Apple Watch 1 models could debut around those dates.
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