Apple Watch 2 out next year and could depend less on iPhone

Apple is planning to release an updated version of the Apple Watch next year, according to reports, which will feature a video camera, more independence from the iPhone, and new models.

The company is looking to release its new phone in 2016, rather than releasing a new version ahead of Christmas as some had indicated, according to 9to5mac. Though Apple is reported to be working on all of the new features, some might be left out of the next model as development continues, the blog reports.

As well as the new features, Apple is also expected to launch new premium-priced watches, though it’s unclear how they will be marked out. At the moment, Apple offers nothing between the most expensive Apple Watch, which is £949, and the least expensive Apple Watch Edition at £8,000.

The clearest new feature could be a built-in FaceTime camera, which will sit in the top bezel that sits around the screen and let people make video calls on the phone. Apple announced at the Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this month that it was adding support for FaceTime audio calls, and so it is possible that the company is moving towards integrating its video calling capabilities into the Watch, too.

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