KGI's Kuo: Series 3 Apple Watch won't support stand alone phone calls at launch16
However, this morning reliable Apple analyst Ming Chi-Kuo told his clients "not so fast." In an email message that he sent to them, Kuo said that he doesn't expect to see the new Apple Watch support stand alone calls immediately upon its launch. Before this feature takes place, the analyst says that Apple must first improve the "user experience of data transmission" on the timepiece. As a result, Kuo doesn't expect the Apple Watch to have the ability to make or take phone calls by itself this year.
The analyst says that despite the legal issues between them, he expects that Apple will still use Qualcomm's chips to power the Series 3 Apple Watch. Kuo says that the latter's chips are superior to those offered by Intel, and use less power. In his note to clients today, Ming-Chi Kuo told them that despite rumors to the contrary, there are no obvious changes in the Series 3 form factor. He also pointed out to clients that while LTE connectivity is the main selling point for the Series 3 Apple Watch, not all markets will support LTE service for the device.