Apple has had something of an obsession with "thinner and lighter" over the years, with its MacBooks, iPads, and even iPhones falling under this design philosophy. According to a new report, the Apple Watch 2 will get thinner and lighter due to a one glass solution that's said to cut out a component found in the first-generation Apple Watch.
The "One Glass Solution" (or OGS) refers to glass panels used to manufacture the Apple Watch, but we can only infer that this is a reference to the display itself. DigiTimes gives us some clues that the One Glass Solution refers to the touchscreen, which currently has a layer of glass on top of another glass layer (hence "G/G" or "Glass On Glass"). In the new one, everything needed for two panels will be merged into one panel, which cuts out the number of components needed for the Apple Watch 2 (hence, a lighter weight overall than the first-generation device).
We'd heard before that the Apple Watch 2 could sport a 40% thinner body than the current generation, though we had no idea how Apple would bring this about. This report at least provides some clues into what Apple is thinking about where it looks to take the second-generation model.
Other rumors about the Apple Watch 2 include water resistance and GPS, cellular connectivity, a selfie Facetime camera, and greater integration with medical health than the first-gen. Apple Watch. Apple is testing a Wheelchair Mode for WatchOS 3 that will come pre-installed on the Apple Watch 2. With rumors of organ donation registration coming to iOS 10, this feature could make its way to the Apple Watch 2 at some point.