Apple Watch 2 with GPS, but Without Cellular

Apple Watch 2 is coming, but not the one you hoped for. It will have improved health tracking and GPS chips, according to a new Bloomberg report, but it will not, however, feature cellular connectivity.

Apple has not been able to compensate for the extra battery life that a cellular connection consumes.

Apple had been in talks this year with mobile phone carriers in the U.S. and Europe to add cellular connectivity to the watch, according to people familiar with the talks. A cellular chip would have theoretically allowed the product to download sports score alerts, e-mail and mapping information while out of an iPhone’s reach.

During the discussions, Apple executives expressed concern that the cellular models may not be ready for release this year and that the feature may be pushed back to a later generation, according to the people. Apple warned that, even on an aggressive schedule, the earliest possible shipment time-frame for cellular models would have been this December, one of the people said.

The addition of a GPS chip, which is planned for the next-generation Apple Watch, will allow the device to measure, more accurately,  a user’s location for better fitness and health tracking as well as improved navigation.

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Apple is continuing to research low-power cellular chips for future versions of the Apple Watch, but they will not be viable for 2016.

The report doesn’t give an accurate launch date for the Apple Watch 2 other than ‘fall’,  but we could still see it at the September Event on the 7th.

Previously we reported a rumour from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who suggested we will see both a second-generation Apple Watch with the above new features as well as an upgraded first-generation Apple Watch with an improved processor and superior waterproofing.

Only time will tell.

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