THE verdict from Apple Watch users is clear: people want their next Apple Watch to have an even greater focus on fitness.
With the second-generation of the Apple Watch rumoured to be released within the next three months, Watch wearers will soon know if Apple is about to make their wishes come true.
When Apple launched the Apple Watch this year, fitness was one of the key selling points with the Watch measuring heartrate and having a three-tier activity tracking system to measure general movement, regularly standing throughout the day and the recommended 30 minutes a day of elevated heartrate.
But rumours that the first Apple Watch would have extra health sensors proved false, at least with the first generation of the product.
Apple is expected to have its first big event for 2016 in March, with an Apple Watch, a smaller iPhone 6C and a iPad Air 3 all tipped as likely new products to be unveiled.
That timing would mean Apple would be announcing its second attempt at a wearable device 12 months after unveiling the first version of the Apple Watch, and with a year of wearing it on their wrist Watch fans have a long list of features they want to see added.
Apple is expected to keep the shape of the square watch with the next generation, but a better battery life and front facing FaceTime camera are two features many expect to see added.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has hinted at releasing new health features that would be “something adjacent to the Watch”, a slither of information that suggestions that smart watchstraps with health sensors are on the way.
A poll of more than 12,000 Apple fans at 9To5Mac found that new health sensors, sleep tracking and smart straps with health-monitoring features dominated the list of wanted new features.
Other features many Watch wearers have added to their wishlist include a waterproof rating that would allow you to take it swimming, longer battery life and built-in GPS so that its ability to be used as a running watch could match those of competitors from the likes of Garmin and Polar.
Apple has refused to detail sales figures for the Apple Watch although IDC says Apple has jumped to number two spot on the wearables market in its debut, with estimated sales of 3.9 million devices putting it on the list with just Fitbit and its sales figures of 4.7 million devices ahead.
IDC predicts that the wearable market is set to explode, up from 80 million units shipped in 2015 to an expected 111.1 million to be shipped this year. By 2019, IDC predicts 214 million wearable devices will ship.
IDC says Apple already ships more smartwatches than the rest of the market combined and will continue to be the dominant player for at least the next four years.
Analyst John Feland, CEO of Argus Insights, predicts that Apple is likely to make one change to the Apple Watch that is likely to boost adoption, namely announcing a monthly financing scheme like the one Apple launched in the US this year for purchasing iPhones.
“Generation 2 will be cheaper,” Mr Feland said.
“Longer battery life will also be a key feature especially as consumers look for an expansion of HealthKit capabilities like sleep analytics, a killer app on other wearables when it works.
“Given the popularity of round Android Wear watch faces, Apple may bow to consumer pressure and move to a round display but unlikely for this next generation.”