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Cellular Apple Watch is coming soon, massive report claims

Cellular Apple Watch is coming soon, massive report claims

The report - which features the investigative work of three separate Bloomberg reporters, something that's rare for a tech rumor - cites "people familiar with the matter" as saying Apple is "planning to release a version of its smartwatch later this year that can connect directly to cellular networks". Bringing cellular connectivity to the Apple Watch has been rumored before but didn't ship with the last revision which instead focused on Global Positioning System.

With cellular support, the new Apple Watch could make calls, send messages, stream songs, request an Uber, and download info from maps, to name a few functions that now require your iPhone be close by. The next Apple Watch might look and perform very differently from what we've come to expect, which could drive even more sales Apple's way, along with the "super cycle" of upgrades expected with the iPhone 8.

Bloomberg also reports that the smartwatch will be equipped with an Intel-supplied chip and that the company is in talks with AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile about carrying the cellular version.

John Gruber, who runs the Daring Fireball blog and has been known to have early information on Apple products, said he had also heard the new cellular watch model would include an "all-new form factor".

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One major concern is battery life, though Apple is reportedly looking at solutions to keep battery power from depleting too quickly with LTE.

Bloomberg's report indicates the new model will be called Apple Watch Series 3.

Apple and Intel did not immediately respond to requests for comment.


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