The usually informed 9to5Mac is reporting the first breezes of what may come in the next round of Apple Watches. The major feature enhancements, the site says, would be a small camera suitable for FaceTime conferencing, as well as enhanced WiFi capability that would require less tethering to an iPhone.
Interestingly, the site says, battery life has not been an issue with initial buyers, who report ending their days with 30 to 40 percent battery life left and who don’t mind recharging every night. (This tallies with our experience.) So Apple seems to be willing to loosen the reins a bit on functionality that might hit the battery and make up the difference in software improvements.
Also, the site says, Apple is looking into other more expensive case materials that could fill price points between the current $500 stainless steel case and the $10,000 gold case.
When might we see all this? The site speculates that it won’t be until next year; this fall will bring software updates, as revealed at Apple’s recent developers’ conference.