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Apple Watch 2 will have video camera: Report

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Two months after the Apple Watch's release, some possible new features for the next generation model may have leaked.

Multiple sources "familiar with Apple's plans" revealed to 9to5Mac that the Apple Watch 2 is planned to have a video camera, a new wireless system for improved iPhone independence and new premium-priced models. It will also feature similar battery life to the original Watch, 9to5Mac says.

While the video camera would enable users to FaceTime via the Watch, an internal initiative called "tether-less" focuses on making the device more independent, according to the report.

Some Apple Watch features – including text messaging, emailing and receiving weather data – require a connected iPhone close by. For its next model, Apple intends to integrate a "new and more dynamic wireless chipset to help alleviate the issue. The report also says that the new chip will tie into a Find my Watch feature, allowing users to track their device and lock or remotely wipe it in the event that it's lost or stolen.

In addition to the Sport, Steel and Edition models that are currently available for purchase, Apple is said to be working on new models that fall in the price range between the highest-end stainless steel Watch and the entry-level 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition. "The company is looking at ways to attract customers at price points between $1,000 and $10,000," 9to5Mac reports.

Though nothing is set in stone, it is most likely that the company will launch the next generation Apple Watch in 2016. Until then, customers that already own the Watch can get their fix with Apple's watchOS 2.0 update being released this fall.

Apple didn't respond to a request for comment.