New look Apple Watch to feature LTE and "stand alone" capabilities?

New look Apple Watch to feature LTE and
Bloomberg issued a report today saying that the next version of the Apple Watch will have the ability to connect to the internet without having to depend on pairing up with a nearby Apple iPhone. By the time that 2017 comes to an end, a new Apple Watch is expected to be available carrying its own LTE chipset; this will allow the new Apple timepiece to send/receive texts or follow GPS directions even if you accidentally leave your iOS powered handset at home. This version of the Apple Watch will contain all of the stand alone features that you were hoping to see from your Apple Watch from the very beginning of the device's birth.

With the new stand alone features, a new version of the Apple Watch will need to hook up with one of the wireless operators. The tech titan is said to be in talks with some of these carriers in the U.S. and overseas about selling a new Apple Watch. These talks alone could end up delaying the release of a cellular-connected Apple Watch past 2017. Bloomberg's report revealed that Apple had to delay a similarly equipped wearable last year. However, issues with the battery life of the product caused Apple to delay its release.

And those in the know have told Bloomberg that it will be chip giant Intel that will be providing Apple with the LTE modems required for the new Apple Watch to connect to the internet. This fall, WatchOS 4 will be available for the timepiece, with Siri responsible for carrying out more tasks including the dissemination of messages and reporting on the news of the day.

Three new Apple iPhone models are rumored to be unveiled later this year, including one that will feature 3D facial recognition for unlocking the device. The next Apple Watch series is likely to be announced at the very same event.

source: Bloomberg



1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31626; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's the only way I'll buy another new one. After forgetting my phone at home twice, but having my Gear S3 on my wrist, I can't do another non standalone. The Apple Watch is too expensive, to not feature standalone functionality. I love the fitness app, dock, and siri on it.

3. sgodsell

Posts: 7601; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The only other things it's missing is being able to pair it with Android smartphones, and an always on watch face. The last one is a must for me. One of the nice features of Samsung's Gear watches and Android Wear watches is the always on feature. Plus Samsung's Gear is discreet and looks like a regular watch. You have to double-check to see if it's a smart watch or a regular watch. It's more discreet. Apple goes out of its way to make the smart watch look square. Of course it's unique looking, but when you see one you know, because its square and it's watch face is off all the time.

2. PSAfromThisGuy

Posts: 146; Member since: Jan 16, 2017


4. BuffaloSouce unregistered

I'm surprised Apple didn't do this from the very beginning

5. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Everyone going large screen, only few like small. Sum it up, I dont see smart watch will take off like phone does.

6. Droid773

Posts: 49; Member since: Dec 22, 2012

I hope it has a NANO sim card slot like My Lg Urbane 2. But Im pretty sure its goin to be e-sim card.

7. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Hopefully it at least ditches the "unique" VTech kiddy smartwatch design...

8. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Not before the end of 2018.

9. kevin97

Posts: 90; Member since: Mar 01, 2016

You mean, like the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE since 2 years ago ?

10. tedkord

Posts: 17479; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

No, he means like the Samsung Gear S from 3 years ago.

11. cnpthe3rd

Posts: 103; Member since: Feb 01, 2009

Woo Hoo, Apple is finally going to "invent" the standalone feature for a smartwatch!! that is a great feature I use a lot

12. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

I don't know. Just not ready for a smart watch even if this is the best one on the market.

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