Analyst: LTE for Apple Watch 3; new iPhone to get wireless charging, hybrid Lighting-USB Type C port

An LTE-connected Apple Watch has been in the cards for a long time, though it's yet to materialize. Analyst Christopher Rolland spoke to suppliers and tech companies in Asia, gathering up some interesting data on this and other matters of interest.

Several companies told Rolland that the Apple Watch 3 will have a model with a SIM card and LTE connectivity. A new, power-efficient CAT-M1 chip is being considered for it, together with VOIP technology.

Rolland also collected new iPhone information. Namely, all three upcoming models will feature wireless inductive charging, echoing recent reports by Ming-Chi Kuo. Apple dropping the Home button is also suggested, although some technical issues are still be in the way. They need to be resolved in time for a September announcement, otherwise the Home button stays.

Furthermore, Apple is said to be researching a hybrid USB-C and Lighting port that puts together the best of both technologies. The two connectors are said to be inter-operable, so we probably won't have to buy new accessories again. We hope. The new port won't appear until 2018.

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source: Barron's via 9to5Mac

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5 Comments

1. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

apple to invent wireless charging in smartwatch?

2. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Eh? Where are all these weird rumours coming from? Apple would gladly make their sheep buy USB type C accessories for more profits rather than make a hybrid port, if that's even possible.

4. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

This is just the Apple hype train desperately trying to soften the blow of the Galaxy S8. They drum up all sorts of BS rumors to try to get the faithful to hold off just a bit longer. Then, closer to the iPhone release, all rumors are dropped and you lose some features "a la" headphone jack and get told that it is a completely new, redesigned iPhone that just happens to look exactly the same as the last 2. This set of rumors is the one of those idiotic ones because it promises to correct idiotic mistakes or lack of tech by Apple. The headline should just be "Apple promises to pulls axe out of iFans' feet" and then closer to release it becomes "Apple intends to shoot iFans in the feet, here are 10 reasons why that will be awesome".

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You do know, the iPhone 8 is gonna simply murder the S8 in sales right? Regardless of how good the S8 is, it'll still carry the stigma of the Note 7. Apple doesn't need to soften the blow of the S8, Samsung did that with the Note 7. Samsung is trying to regain trust, and win back customers.

6. KingSam

Posts: 1493; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Lightning uses external contacts while type c uses internal ones. The type c female ports have pins in the middle and lightning doesnt so idk about this. Btw lightning is also smaller.

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