Taiwan-based publication DigiTimes earlier reported that alongside the rumored iPhone 8, Apple might also introduce the next-gen Apple Watch 3 at its annual event in September. Now, a new report by Bloomberg confirms the same stating that the smartwatch will also come with cellular connectivity.
The feature is designed so that the smartwatch can connect with cellular networks directly, giving it the ability to function as a standalone device thereby reducing its dependence on an iPhone, further adds the report. As current-gen Apple Watch models require an iPhone in its vicinity to perform functions such as streaming music, sending and receiving messages, or downloading directions while a user is on the move.
Having LTE chips on-board, some upcoming Apple Watch models will be able to perform the aforementioned tasks without having to depend on an iPhone. For instance, users will be able to use apps or steam music without having to carry an iPhone along with them.
Furthermore, the report reveals that Intel will be the primary supplier of LTE modems for Apple’s next-gen smartwatch. The company is already in talks with carriers in the US and Europe to offer Apple Watch models equipped with cellular connectivity. AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and T Mobile are planning to sell cellular versions of next-gen Apple Watch models, further adds the report.
That being said, the report also notes that the launch of the new Apple Watch could even be delayed beyond 2017.
A Fall release of the Apple Watch 3 is likely on the cards, given the fact that Apple released the Apple Watch 2 in September last year alongside the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. And keeping in mind that Apple usually launches new products on an annual cycle, we’re expecting the upcoming Apple Watch 3 to launch alongside the new iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus, and the iPhone 8 at the company’s keynote in September. The company is also expected to release its Siri-powered HomePod speaker along with the iMac Pro later in December this year.