Apple Watch Series 3 to launch this year with LTE connectivity
August 6, 2017
Apple is reportedly working on the next iteration of its smartwatch, and Apple Watch Series 3, promises advanced features. If reports are to go by, the third-generation Apple Watch will work independently from an iPhone.
According to Bloomberg, Apple Watch Series 3 will come with support for cellular connectivity. This means the wearable will directly connect to LTE mobile networks. Apple is said to have already begun discussions with several network providers in the US and Europe. Also, the company might release the Apple Watch Series 3 later this year itself. The report further suggests that the LTE modems for the new Watch will be supplied by Intel. The chipmaker bagged the LTE chip supply contract over Qualcomm.
Apple has been involved in an ongoing legal spat with Qualcomm over patents for over a year now. Interestingly, rumors related to cellular connectivity on Apple Watch started around the release of Apple Watch Series 2 as well. However, that never materialized. Also, smartwatches by Samsung, LG and other major players in the category already offer support for cellular connectivity.
While much details on the Apple’s third generation smartwatches remain patchy, it is also expected to come with improved battery life. Last year, the company reportedly dropped LTE chips on Apple Watch Series 2 because of severe battery issues. The company instead introduced GPS chips on the second generation of Apple Watch.