Apple Weekly News Roundup: Apple Watch 2, 4-inch iPhones and more

Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock.

Although Apple has not yet officially announced an Apple Watch 2, a report last week from Quanta Computer (Taiwanese manufacturer of the current Apple Watch) confirms that the next generation Apple Watch is in development and slated for an initial release in June 2016. The new Apple Watch will likely have a face-time camera, an improved battery and more capabilities when it isn't tethered to an iPhone.

An accessory for the current Apple Watch came to market last week - the Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock is an official made-by-Apple product that became available on Friday for $79. The Apple Watch will charge simply by laying on top of it, either face down or on its side, which would allow for it to be used in Nightstand mode.

The 4-inch iPhone rumor resurfaced last week when IHS Technology research director Kevin Wang predicted that the smaller iPhone would likely launch in mid 2016. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a proven track record in such matters, believes the new phone will likely be an upgraded iPhone 5s that will launch some time in the first quarter of 2016.

Apple last week acknowledged that its recently released iPad Pro has an issue that causes the screen to blackout and become unresponsive during charging. Apple is investigating and, as a stop-gap measure, recommends forcing a restart by holding both the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons for ten seconds.

There doesn't appear to be a fix for the iPad problem in the fourth beta of iOS 9.2, which was seeded to developers and public beta testers on Wednesday. The latest version deals mostly with Safari's interaction with third party apps and AT&T's NumberSync technology.

Apple Pay expanded to Australia and Canada this week, and Apple further promoted its contactless payment system with a Guided Tour video shared on its YouTube channel.