Rumors persist that a new version of the Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) smartwatch, the Apple Watch 2, could be released in September.
Meanwhile, the Apple Watch 2 may make a world of difference for mobile developers, particularly for those who are still on the fence about smartwatch development.
Limited details about the Apple Watch 2 are available, but here's what some smartwatch experts have speculated about the device so far:
The smartwatch likely will feature a new version of the Apple S1 chip, which means developers and end users can enjoy performance upgrades.
The device is expected to include an upgraded version of the Apple S1 system-in-package.
Apple may be planning to move from an OLED display to a Micro LED display for the Apple Watch 2.
There is already a lot of hype surrounding the Apple Watch 2, and mobile developers may want to start getting ready now to create apps for this new device. By doing so, developers could put themselves in a great position to capitalize on a market segment that looks poised to grow significantly over the next few years.
For instance, technology research firm Gartner has predicted smartwatches will generate $11.5 billion in revenue this year.
Juniper Research also reported that Apple claimed 52 percent of smartwatch shipments last year. Comparatively, Android Watch shipments comprised less than 10 percent of sales in 2015.
In addition, Apple unveiled watchOS 3, the latest version of its Apple Watch software, at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco last month.
WatchOS 3 is designed to make it "easier and faster than ever to perform common tasks," Apple noted, and may help the Apple Watch 2 stand out from other smartwatches on the market.
Of course, the success of the Apple Watch 2 and other smartwatches likely will depend on whether consumers demand these devices.
"Newer devices have offered more polished looks and subtly different functions, but no large changes in device capabilities or usage. With smartwatch functions established, it is now up to consumers to decide if they want them, rather than technology companies providing more reasons," Juniper Research Senior Analyst James Moar said in a prepared statement.
The Apple Watch 2 certainly presents new opportunities for developers, and Apple is even offering guides and sample code to help developers create smartwatch apps for its current Apple Watch as well.
For developers who want to try their hand at smartwatch development, the Apple Watch may present a golden opportunity. And if demand for smartwatches increases, developers who start creating smartwatch apps now will ensure they're ready to create apps for the Apple Watch 2 down the line. - Dan, @FierceDeveloper