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Poll: What features do you want to see in the next-generation Apple Watch 2?

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If Apple only includes one new standout feature on its second-generation Apple Watch next year, what should it be? We already asked you if you’re still wearing your Apple Watch eight months after the device’s launch, and now we want to know what features will get you to upgrade or purchase Apple’s upcoming next-gen smartwatch.

Apple Watch 2 is coming, likely at a press event that we reported a few weeks back that is currently scheduled for March. Some of the possibilities for the new device include a FaceTime camera, standalone Wi-Fi, sleep tracking, and health sensor technologies, all of which we reported Apple has in development internally.

Those seem like natural progressions for the device — independent Wi-Fi will give it freedom from an iPhone connection, while a camera for video chat and additional health sensors seem to be highly-requested by both customers and reviewers — but it’s still unknown which of those features will make the final cut. It’s also possible Apple will surprise everyone with other unique features, like a smart strap platform that allows third-party band makers to integrate additional sensors, batteries, or other tech that interfaces with the Apple Watch.

Personally, I purchased the first Apple Watch out of curiosity as a semi-enthusiastic owner of traditional watches, but mostly because as a writer for 9to5Mac I like to have hands-on experience with most new Apple products I cover. Apart from work, though, I likely won’t be upgrading to an Apple Watch 2 for personal use; I’ve already hung up my first-generation Apple Watch for good and I can’t imagine a feature that would get me to shell out another $400-$1000 for a new Watch when Apple inevitably announces a revamped model sometime next year.

What will encourage you to upgrade from the first-generation Apple Watch? Or if you were a holdout on the first release, which of these features will inspire you to purchase the second-generation as your first Apple Watch?

Head below to cast your vote in the poll (and continue the discussion in the comments).


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December 29th

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Babies Can Tell the Difference Between FaceTime Grandma and YouTube Elmo

It’s a dilemma for parents in the digital age: We know we’re not supposed to prop our four-month-olds in front of an iPad and let them watch Dora until their eyes bleed. But technology has made the rules of screens complicated—what if Gramps and Gran want to FaceTime? Turns out babies are smart enough to know the difference.

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Alissa Walker

September 15th

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How to Get Better Quality Out of Your Video Chats

So you’re all excited to hop on a video chat with grandma, but the quality is less than desirable. The video is choppy, the audio echoes and cuts out, and you can barely see the person on the other end. Before you flip that table, here are a few things you can tweak to make sure you’re getting the best quality possible.

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July 25th

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Facebook Messenger’s free video calling now available worldwide

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After adding support for a new cross-platform video chat service through its Facebook Messenger mobile apps, Facebook has now announced that the feature is rolling out to all worldwide.

The feature first launched back in April for users on iOS and Android in Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Laos, Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, the UK, the US and Uruguay. Today, Facebook said the feature is now rolled out globally “with the exception of a few countries” that it’s still working on:

Quick update on video calling in Messenger: we’re happy to share we’ve now rolled out the capability globally, with the exception of a few countries we’re still working on improving quality for.

You can check out the new Facebook Messenger video calling feature through the latest versions of the iOS and Android apps.


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May 20th

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Mega Just Launched End-to-End Encrypted Audio and Video Chat

Mega Just Launched End-to-End Encrypted Audio and Video Chat

Kim Dotcom & Co. has launched a new audio and video chat service, which it hopes will provide stiff competition for Skype. It certainly has one major selling point up its sleeve: it offers end-to-end encryption for all communications.

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Jamie Condliffe

January 22nd

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Firefox Hello Does Account-Free Video Chat

Firefox Hello Does Account-Free Video Chat

Parent-calling-avoiders of the world have never had it worse: Skype, Hangouts and FaceTime are all stellar and free programs that mean that you've got basically no reason for ignoring forgetting your parents' wedding anniversary. But Firefox wants to add to that list, with a video-calling client that doesn't even need an account.

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October 17th

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Skype Says It Can Support Holographic Video Calls

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August 29th

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Skype Says It Can Support Holographic Video Calls

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August 29th

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AT&T Is Finally Going to Let Everyone Video Chat Over Data

AT&T has caught a lot of flak for being excruciatingly picky about what apps can do video chat over data on what kind of plans. It's been equal parts annoying and confusing for everyone involved. But now, the carrier is about to simplify it by letting everyone do everything by the end of this year. Finally.

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May 20th

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AT&T Is Finally Going to Let Everyone Video Chat Over Data

AT&T has caught a lot of flak for being excruciatingly picky about what apps can do video chat over data on what kind of plans. It's been equal parts annoying and confusing for everyone involved. But now, the carrier is about to simplify it by letting everyone do everything by the end of this year. Finally.

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