New Apple Watch model with LTE nears mass production


The next version of the Apple Watch is in the final test phases before entering mass production and it will be manufactured exclusively by Quanta, the same company that made the first two Apple Watches, according to a report citing supply chain sources for the Chinese Economic Daily.

The report also confirms that the new Apple Watch will have a version with cellular data connectivity that will make it an independent device that does not need to be tethered to an iPhone to function.

The latest rumors around the Apple Watch corroborate this report and mention that the new watch will be offered in similar 38mm and 42mm sizes, as well as a similar design (some slight changes are possible, though). As to the new LTE Apple Watch models, they will likely work like iPads: independent for most functions, but still unable to place phone calls on their own, as this functionality is reserved for iPhones.

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16 Comments

1. fyah_king unregistered

Looks like the old one to me.:)

2. japkoslav

Posts: 1521; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Hopefully at least battery life will not be the same.

4. Cat97

Posts: 1937; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

It will surely be much worse since it has LTE and space inside is limited. Apple already delayed the LTE Watch once because battery life was bad.

5. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

On top of that, the battery capacity hasn't been significantly increased.

13. Nopers unregistered

Apple has worked black magic with watchOS. I charged my series 2 48 hours ago and it’s on 32% now. I think it will be able to last 2 days just fine on LTE.

15. japkoslav

Posts: 1521; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Two days for watch isn't fine, that is the definition of a joke.

3. libra89

Posts: 2298; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Hmm, that would be cool, especially if it means Apple Pay.

9. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

You can use Apple Pay on the current Watches right now, totally independent of an iPhone.

6. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Don't care if this is the best selling smart watch. Not biting. Draw the line here.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31337; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Please change the design Apple...please.

8. black.inco unregistered

Agreed. A circular Apple Watch would be more desirable, at least for me it would.

16. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 703; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

I agree that circular looks better but I think that one cannot use the space inside the watch as efficient when the device is round. It's still a computer.

10. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

Eh it looks fine. watchOS looks better on the square screen than a circular screen IMO

11. black.inco unregistered

Then they should make both to make both sides happy.

14. Nopers unregistered

Analogue watches are generally circular and digital watches are generally square. Square watches give the proper aspect ratio for reading text and is also easier to cut. Square smart watches are just superior.

12. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Not being able to make calls would be a deal breaker. If the news is true, Gear S3 Frontier here I come.

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