A report from Bloomberg states that Apple is planning to release an updated Apple Watch model by the end of this year with built-in cellular connectivity. Last years Apple Watch was rumoured to have cellular connectivity but didn’t ship with the last revision which instead added GPS.
A cellular connection, means the new Apple Watch models will be untethered from the iPhone, and able to stream music, send messages, download apps, and connect to the internet without the need for an iPhone.
Qualcomm, still fighting Apple in court, will not be providing the LTE modems for the Apple Watch. Intel will be the key supplier.
A standalone cellular plan will likely be needed for the Apple Watch, although we don’t know for sure. According to Bloomberg, only certain carriers who sell the iPhone will support the Apple Watch, but in the U.S., Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile all plan to offer the LTE Apple Watch when it launches.
We reached out to Rogers, Telus and Bell in Canada, and are waiting for a reply.
One more thing:
John Gruber from Daring Fireball, responding to this Bloomberg report, says an “all-new” design is coming for Apple Watch Series 3:
No mention in Businessweek’s report, though, of the all-new form factor that I’ve heard is coming for this year’s new watches.
If true, this would be the first change in form factor since it’s debut.