New touchscreen technology will allow Apple to make the Watch 2 thinner and lighter than its predecessor.
(CCM) — Apple will dump its current Watch screen technology and introduce a new type of touchscreen in its Watch 2 to make the wearable device thinner and lighter, according to a report in DigiTimes. The Watch 2's screen will be made from a single piece of glass using a technology called "one glass solution." The original Apple Watch screen uses "glass on glass" technology, which involves a stack of two separate sheets of glass.
Since screens made using one glass solution technology are less bulky, Apple could make the Watch 2 up to 40% thinner. Alternatively, Apple may take advantage of some of the extra internal space to include a larger battery. Fitness tracking has proved to be one of the most popular features of the current Apple Watch, so Apple may add a GPS unit to the new device to help users track running and other activities without the need to carry an iPhone. Other rumored features include an LTE chip for cellular connectivity and a FaceTime camera for making video calls to other Apple Watch 2 or iPhone users. The Watch 2 is expected to be introduced at the same time as the iPhone 7 at an Apple event in September.
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