Published: Tue, August 08, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Apple Watch Series 3 to Include Cell Connectivity Feature

Apple Watch Series 3 to Include Cell Connectivity Feature

Apple is already in talks with cellular carriers in the USA and Europe to introduce the cellular variant of its wearable device with a separate data plan or a bundled package that taps into the existing iPhone data plans. Bloomberg reports that the next-generation Apple Watch will have a cellular connectivity, meaning the wearable will directly connect to LTE mobile networks. With a cellular connection, Apple Watch will be able to send messages, stream music, and connect to the internet without the need for an iPhone.

It's said that Apple is now in talks with USA and European carriers about offering this cellular-enabled Apple Watch. It's actually a big deal for Intel, as the veteran chip company has been trying hard to supply its components into Apple mobile devices.

With Apple being one of the best smartwatch makers in the market, they still face a stiff competition from the likes of Samsung, Motorola, and others who produce smartwatches with its own LTE capability.

Taking that into consideration, you have to be within 330 feet, or approximately 100 meters of an iPhone for your Apple watch to connect to it.

Some network carriers did mention that they are planning to sell the gadget in the U.S. This list includes AT&T Inc.

Writing on DaringFireball, John Gruber says he has heard that an "all-new form factor" will be coming to the Apple Watch this year. The smartwatch, however, will not replace the current version of the Apple Watch, and instead go on sale as an LTE version of the same watch, much like the iPads have over the years. Currently, all Apple smart watches are reliant on an iPhone for connectivity.

It is reported that the Intel will manufacture the new device's modem, which it is big win for the chipmaker. This watch will likely require an extra data plan، too. That's about to change with an LTE Apple Watch reportedly on the way this fall.

The addition of an in-built LTE chipset should allow the Watch greater independence from the iPhone.

Apple last introduced an Apple Watch, the Series 2, in September of 2016. There are also chances that the new device could be delayed beyond 2017. Apple is in a continuous fight with Qualcomm over licenses, and picking Intel here is by all accounts another approach to slight its rival.

Later this year, Apple will be releasing a new version of its smartwatch.

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