Apple Watch: New model is not likely to be introduced this March

By Staff Writer

Jan 19, 2016 08:51 PM EST

The next-generation of Apple Watch is not likely to be launched on March this year. It was rumored before that the tech world will welcome the second generation of Apple Watch early this year. 

According to MacRumors, on December, rumors spread that Apple would hold a big event on March 2016. Some argued that the event would be the launching of a next-generation Apple Watch.

Other rumors started from Chinese website Commercial Times. The source for that website revealed that an early production of the new Apple Watch will take place at supplier Quanta this month.

But Tech Crunch's Matthew Panzarino has some arguments and evidence against the rumors. He wrote that even if there are to be improvements or updates for Apple Watch, but it's unlikely that the change would be so major that it would bring a whole brand-new generation of the technology. 

Creative Strategies analyst Ben Bajarin also told Panzarino that supply chain checks showed no movement that would indicate the production of a new Apple Watch. "With the supply chain cuts from the usual suspects of Apple component providers, the timing does seem suspect for a new product given orders would have taken place in the latter part of 2015 if a new product is shipping first half of 2016," Bajarin explained. 

However, Bajarin did acknowledge that supply chain was not an accurate indicator for the arrival of the first Apple Watch model, so likewise the signs of the new model could have been missed. But Panzarino also wrote that he has not heard any major action on the software side of a new Apple Watch. 

Not only denying the rumors on the new Apple Watch update timeline, Panzarino also seeks to speculate the actual time that Apple Watch 2.0 could possibly be available. He said, if a new Apple Watch model was to be introduced in September, that would put the gap between the initial introduction and announcement of a new model at two years. Apple is also very likely to introduce new iPhones for the holiday season in September.

According to Business Insider Australia, Apple seized up to 50 percent of all smartwatch sales in 2015 with the sales of one Apple Watch model alone.

It is still possible that there would indeed be a major event by Apple on March this year. But it's unlikely that they will introduce the new Apple Watch model around that time. The possibilities are tied to new Macs or the rumored 4-inch iPhone 6c. 

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