Apple Watch sales remained buoyant during the first half of 2016, despite the first anniversary of the smartwatch passing without the launch of a new model.
New data from Swiss bank UBS suggests that Apple sold 1.7 million Apple Watches in the three months from April to June, a small jump from 1.6 million between January and March.
Apple does not release official sales figures for its foray into wearable technology, but has always maintained that the device has been a success, despite reports to the contrary.
UBS’s figures suggest that the launch of improved software, which cut down on the Apple Watch’s reliance on a connected iPhone, may have been behind the sales boost.
The company is set to release its next system update, watchOS 3, in the autumn.
Apple is thought to be priming a new Apple Watch for launch later this year, possibly alongside the long–awaited iPhone 7.
The new smartwatch is believed to feature a camera for making FaceTime calls.
It's also reputed to offer access to mobile networks so that it can function as a standalone device, as well as better, faster Wi-Fi connectivity.
The design is also likely to be tweaked.