Apple Watch 2 may not have cellular, but will have GPS

Apple Watch 2 may not have cellular, but will have GPS
The rumors surrounding the Apple Watch 2 haven't gotten too extravagant so far. Expectations have been pretty reasonable: we tend to expect the usual thinner but better battery life push that Apple always wants, plus a bit of a speed boost. There had been some rumors about new connectivity options like some Android Wear devices have, but that might be off the table.

A new report suggests that Apple "hit roadblocks" in adding cellular connectivity to the Apple Watch 2. Supposedly, Apple had been working with carriers around the world on support for a cellular-enabled Watch, but eventually scrapped the idea because even with the most aggressive timeline, Apple wouldn't have been able to release such a device until December. One possible issue was battery life, which would take a hit on a more independent Apple Watch with a cell connection. Apple has been looking into lower-powered radios, but those weren't ready. 

Instead, the report says Apple will focus more on the health and fitness side of the Apple Watch 2 (something that we all could have guessed) and how the fitness side will be benefited by the addition of GPS. GPS location will make tracking more accurate and may not cause as much of a hit to battery as wireless data. 

source: Bloomberg

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36 Comments

1. AlikMalix unregistered

Haha, that round mock up is ugly.

3. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yes of course, until Apple releases the exact same thing. They may add an antenna line to it so iFans have an excuse to say that the line made all the difference and made it elegant. Ah the good old days prior to the iPhone 6 release. The spinning by iFans worldwide on the release almost made the world spin backwards (at least theirs did).

5. Unordinary unregistered

I TRULY and GENUINELY feel sorry for you man.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

He tries, and fails so hard, at being humorous in his hatred of Apple.

21. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Too much time in his hands lol

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lol right.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That may have been your most stupid post yet. Not even the least bit funny.

22. sgodsell

Posts: 7514; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Considering Apple has always been about brand and style. Then he definitely has a point about a round smart watch. Most people think my smart watch is just a regular watch. That's because it's watch face stays on all the time. Unlike Apples current smart watch which has its watch face off for most of its life. Here's a quest for you, why does Apple need 3 different iPhones? Well different sizes and styles for different users needs. So definitely having more styles can only help. Look at Android Wear has 19 different styles (round, square, oval) from a number of different OEMs.

23. lyndon420

Posts: 6861; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I'm sure apple will adopt the round look...it would be stupid not to.

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Here's my answer: get lost turd.

29. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

He said "Here's a quest for you" You should probably get your gear and weapons ready, it's going to be an adventure! err.. Sorry, too much time playing games.

30. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

LMAOOOOO! A quest the the land of answers.

31. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I agree, but more from a slightly different angle. When I think of square watches, the first I recall are those cheap black square Casio. Then I think of those ugly old school game watches. Them I think of these old ugly plastic calculator watches. But when I see a round watch I think of elegant nice brands like Times, Bulova and Swiss. The think of mechanical options with precise movements. With wheels inside that you need tiny tweezers to fix and a magnifying glass. Round is a great shape for varied styles of watch faces, while square is better for displaying text. But I don't want to type on a tiny screen so round works. Round just looks better. Though I fine the rotating bezel pretty useless, I do.use it and think it's a cool concept. It's just I am use to touching the screen it's hard to break the habit. Another thing we can thank Apple for

7. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Really? I actually like that round better than the square one :-)

2. Unordinary unregistered

Idc what you say... If you shout conversations into your watch publicly, you look ridiculous.

4. Landon

Posts: 1247; Member since: May 07, 2015

...and a complete douche.

13. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Remember when Apple fans used to say people looked ridiculous talking into a Note phone. They said they were holding tablets up to their heads. Then, Apple came out with a phablet...

14. Unordinary unregistered

Typically when everyone starts shouting into their watches, it wont look stupid. Until then, you look stupid.

34. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Nice rationalization.

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Apple has not released a phablet. Apple has released a larger size iPhone, with the only phablet feature being its screen size. That's my biggest gripe with the Plus models. They need to add some cutting edge phablet features for this years Plus/Pro models.

25. lyndon420

Posts: 6861; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

When I got my Dell Streak 5 they were calling it a phablet back then. 6" and up can easily be considered a phablet...just saying.

33. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Phablet is purely about size, and since it's bigger than several phablets with bigger screens, it qualifies.

36. skokie8bali

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

you are an idiot, just an idiot, icrap sucks get over it. there time passed. now go and cry someware. i keep reading your comments they are just stupid.

24. lyndon420

Posts: 6861; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Selfies and FaceTime ;)

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Honestly, its no different than shouting into your phone, and there isn't anyone on the other end. Just shouting to a voice assistant. What's the difference? I actually use my Gear S2 to answer some calls if its a location where it isn't noisy, but I never had to shout. I just lift my hand roughly 6"'s from my mouth and talk normal. hasn't been a problem yet. It's no worse than when in Star Trek with their wrist communicators. make sme fell like a Trekie. I think people shouting into their headphones o a phone call is worse than me talking to my watch on a call.

15. Unordinary unregistered

Most people dont use Siri or GNow because they feel stupid doing it in public. Holding your hand in the air yelling at your arm on a subway or citi bus or down the sidewalk or in your local CVS... Stupid.

19. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

OMG I actually agree with you

6. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Cheap crap! I see what you're doing Apple. If you don't put 3G/4G into the watch, then it forces everyone to get an iPhone. Because in order to get apps onto your Apple Watch, you have to use the phone. This was one thing I liked about the Gear S, that Samsung removed from the S2. You could install apps on it with just your PC, via commend-line for using Samsung Kies. Now (well until the recent update) you have to use the phone to install apps. For the latest update to the gear does allow for installs of apps directly from the internet from Galaxy App store. Once this is opened to all OEM, you could just buy a watch and never need the phone. Because these watches all work with wireless headphones and thus with 3G, WiFi and Cellular, you wouldn't need a phone. Downside is terrible battery-life. They really all need to get together and make a battery/charging solution. I mean, can't you make them run on 3 hearing aid batteries?

8. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2270; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

It's easy...pick up your iPhone and make a call. That is easy. Not many people make calls on their smartwatches these days.

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I don't make calls, but there are times when I answer calsl though. rarely in public. Mostly when riding because I don't have to risk taking my eyes off the path to answer a call. Ad my handlebars pretty much need to have both hands on the bars. When driving it comes in handy too if I don't have the phone connected to the car stereo. Sometimes I use it just because I can, but its rare. But what's the point in me spending $360 for it, if I am not going to use it as intended?

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