Apple Watch 2 rumoured to have a camera for FaceTime video calls

The Apple Watch was first released in nine countries, including Canada, on April 24th. At the time, CEO Tim Cook said the “Apple Watch begins a new chapter in the way we relate to technology and we think our customers are going to love it.” While there is no indication of how many smartwatches have been sold, a fresh new rumour has surfaced of Apple’s second-generation wearable.

9to5Mac is reporting on sources claiming that the Apple Watch 2 will launch sometime in 2016 and include a video camera on the top bezel for Face Time video calling on the go. In addition, Apple is reportedly planning to make the Watch more independent as a standalone device. Users currently have to connect the Watch to the iPhone for actions like text messaging and emailing, but an initiative called “tether-less” will aim to “integrate a new and more dynamic wireless chipset into the wearable” that would handle basic communication functions, and also the “Find My Watch” Feature.

Apple is also reportedly looking to create a fourth price point for the second-gen Watch to “sit between the highest-end stainless steel Apple Watch and the entry-level 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition.” The company is also testing several prototypes and exploring the Watch 2 to be made with titanium, tungsten, palladium, or platinum.

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[source] 9to5Mac [/source]