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Apple Watch 2 Wishlist: 9 features we want to see in a second generation Apple Watch

Lewis Painter | April 2, 2015
With the Apple Watch launching later on this month, we set our sights ahead on the Apple Watch 2. We discuss the features that we'd love to see on a second generation Apple Watch.

Also, selfies would be so much easier to take! Just lift your wrist, frame up your selfie using the Apple Watch display and then take the photo - it could be as easy as that.

Qi charging capabilities
The new form of wireless charging used by the Apple Watch is a great feature; it snaps into place using magnets and leaves no unattractive port on the watch. The only issue is that if your battery runs out while you're away from home, Apple Watch chargers will be hard to come across.

An ideal situation would be for the Apple Watch to support Qi charging, a wireless charging standard that's becoming increasingly popular, with companies like Samsung including the technology in its latest flagship phone, the Galaxy S6. While wireless charging pads aren't as popular as cables, there's more chance of you coming across one on your travels - McDonalds, for example, has said it's installing 600 Qi hotspots in 50 restaurants for the public to use.

Smart Straps
Smart straps are a fantastic idea, which Pebble realised and implemented in the Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel. Pebble are letting developers and manufacturers alike create their own smart straps that connect to the watch via a smart accessory port.

What's the big deal? Smart straps have the potential to make a good smartwatch great; from a battery pack strap that gives your watch extra battery power, to a strap that has in built LED's that flash whenever you get a notification. You could even go one step further, and cover the strap in LEDs for a truly unique design.

Fitness fans could have a workout strap with extra sensors that improve the health and fitness functionality of the Watch. The possibilities are there, Apple just needs to allow the manufacturers the freedom to create!

Built-in GPS
One feature that's missing from the first generation Apple Watch is built-in GPS. Apple has dictated that the Apple Watch can't really be used without the support of an iPhone.

It has made exceptions though, like with the health and fitness tracking. Your Apple Watch will (eventually) learn your pace and therefore be able to produce an accurate representation of your workout without the need of an iPhone.

While that's great news for fitness fans, it doesn't really help other applications - what if your iPhone runs out of battery and you need to use the Maps app? It doesn't seem very practical to us, and it's a feature that we really hope to see in the next generation of Apple Watch.

Better water resistance
The first generation Apple Watch does have some level of water resistance, although it's far from impressive - which is surprising for Apple. The Apple Watch falls under the IPX7 designation, which means that it should be okay in the rain or shower (which Apple doesn't recommend anyway) but anything more will cause damage to the device.

 

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