Measurements of alleged 'Apple Watch 2' components show thinner display, thicker battery

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By adopting a thinner OLED Force Touch display with the new second-generation Apple Watch, Apple may be able to squeeze in a much thicker and more powerful battery, if new component leaks are to be believed.

After getting its hands on a series of parts claimed to be for the new Apple Watch, took some more precise measurements to compare side-by-side with the current-generation wearable device. The most significant differences were found in the thicknesses of the display and battery.

For the OLED display, the measurements found the existing Apple Watch measures 3.75 millimeters at its thickest spot, and 2.99 millimeters at its thinnest. The new model, however is considerably thinner --?2.86 millimeters at its thickest, and 2.12 millimeters at its thinnest.

By shrinking the size of the display, Apple appears to have cleared up more space to pack in a larger battery. It's believed that more battery capacity will allow the so-called "Apple Watch 2" to maintain day-long battery life even with the anticipated addition of a new GPS radio, allowing pace and distance tracking during exercise without the need for a tethered iPhone.

Measurements on the battery found that the component apparently intended for the new model is 5.1 millimeters thick --?noticeably thicker than the 3.95-millimeter-thick battery found in the first-generation Apple Watch. also got their hands on what is believed to be the Force Touch gasket for the "Apple Watch 2," but measured "very little difference" between it and the current hardware. Their parts also include a rubberized spacer ring that could be utilized for waterproofing around the heart rate monitor on the back of the device.

All is expected to be revealed on Wednesday, when Apple is set to hold a media presentation to presumably unveil its new Apple Watch, as well as the next-generation "iPhone 7." The keynote begins at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern, and AppleInsider will have full, live coverage and analysis.


  • Reply 1 of 6
    radarthekatradarthekat Posts: 3,133moderator
    Nicely done video.
  • Reply 2 of 6
    irelandireland Posts: 17,671member
    Hello Mark.
  • Reply 3 of 6
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 4,765member
    If it's waterproof, I'm in. 
    edited September 2016
  • Reply 4 of 6
    foggyhillfoggyhill Posts: 4,767member
    Rayz2016 said:
    If it's waterproof, I'm in. 
    It's already pretty much waterproofed, without claiming it as countless have demonstrated.
    I think they wanted to claim it was waterproofed last year, but ran into some issues which pushed that back to fix the small things that remained.
    So, in fact the marketing didn't reflect its true capacity in that area last year.
  • Reply 5 of 6
    If it's thinner looks... like I'm getting a new one and my GF can have my old one! :) Am I a bad guy?

  • Reply 6 of 6
    If it's thinner looks... like I'm getting a new one and...
    It would appear the chassis will carry over much in the way iPhone chassis design carries over between non-s and s models. The article explains the new OLED panel is thinner and the new battery is thicker. If there was any savings in space between the adding and subtracting the void will certainly be filled by the addition of a GPS radio. It's possible the 2nd gen is thinner, but most likely not. You'll have to wait for 3rd gen for a chassis redesign.

    Heres the numbers:
    new smaller OLED panel is 0.89mm smaller over previous unit.
    new larger battery is 1.15mm larger than previous unit.

    Unfortunately there is a net gain in space of 0.25mm with new panel and battery vs. the previous units.
    Not sure where the Apple engineers recouped the lost space to included a GPS radio and fit everything into the same chassis as the 1st gen? I suppose other parts must have shrunk.
    edited September 2016
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