Apple Watch 2 Likely to Free Up Interior Space with Thinner Display

August 1, 2016, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

There aren’t any big changes anticipated for the upcoming iPhone edition that will be released this year. But that won’t be the case with the Apple Watch successor, as the Cupertino-based company is apparently lining up some spatial tweaks by trimming the display thickness.

The word comes from DigiTimes, which reports that TPK Holding, the component supplier of Apple, has adopted a new glass solution for the upcoming Apple Watch successor, which along with the reduced touch-panel orders for iPhone has caused the company to suffer a loss of $78.3 million in the second quarter.

The report says that Apple has opted for One Glass Solution (OGS) instead of the Glass on Glass (G/G) solution that was used in the first Apple Watch edition. Like the name implies, G/G solution makes use of two layers of glass for the OLED display, while OGS makes use of only a single layer of glass, making the display thinner and lighter.

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The redesigned glass solution will help Apple maintain the same thickness for Apple Watch 2, but with better interior space for upgrades and with less weight. Analyst Gene Muster has also previously reported that Apple will retain the design norms for Apple Watch 2, but with upgraded components.

The indications are that Apple would utilize the extra space within the interior to work with the addition of LTE or GPS antenna in Apple Watch 2. It could also be utilized for vamping up the battery life of Apple Watch 2 with a bigger battery.

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It was rumored earlier that Apple is planning to replace the OLED display of Apple Watch with Micro LED technology in Apple Watch 2, which would result in a better battery life along with display quality improvement. However, the Micro LED inclusion is not expected to take place before 2017, whereas the Apple Watch 2 is expected to get launched at September this year, possibly along with the iPhone 7 device.

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