[Update: John Gruber adds that a new form factor is coming this year too:
“It’s hard to overstate just how big a deal this could be. No mention in Businessweek’s report, though, of the all-new form factor that I’ve heard is coming for this year’s new watches.”
This would mark the first external change since the Apple Watch debuted.]
[Update 2: Gruber has backtracked that claim a bit: “That tidbit came from an unconfirmed little birdie, though, so I wouldn’t bet the house on it.”]
Bloomberg stories that Apple is planning to launch an up to date Apple Watch mannequin by the tip of this 12 months with built-in mobile connectivity. Bringing mobile connectivity to the Apple Watch has been rumored earlier than however didn’t ship with the final revision which as a substitute centered on GPS.
The report says Intel will provide the LTE modem that will probably be utilized in mobile variations of the Apple Watch.
Apple Inc. is planning to launch a model of its smartwatch later this 12 months that may join on to mobile networks, a transfer designed to cut back the machine’s reliance on the iPhone, folks acquainted with the matter mentioned.
Apple Watch presently requires the iPhone for sending and receiving messages, making cellphone calls, and syncing music for offline playback. Including cellular connectivity might allow new possibilities like streaming audio, sending messages, and making cellphone calls with out having Wi-Fi or a close-by iPhone.
Blooomberg says Apple is actively working with carriers to assist the mobile Apple Watch when it’s prepared, however not all carriers that work with the iPhone are anticipated to assist the LTE Apple Watch at launch. AT&T, Verizon, and T-Cellular plan to promote the mobile Apple Watch (which can miss Dash) nonetheless.
The report additionally warns that the LTE-enabled model of the Apple Watch might not ship this 12 months…
The brand new machine might nonetheless be delayed past 2017 — certainly, the corporate had already postponed a cellular-capable smartwatch final 12 months. Apple declined to remark.
Analysts have just lately predicted that Apple will ship an LTE-enabled model of the Apple Watch this 12 months as effectively. watchOS 4, the upcoming software program replace for the Apple Watch, features a few attention-grabbing options that might work with mobile connectivity like automated Do Not Disturb for messages and cellphone calls throughout exercises and an overhauled Music app that not exhibits media from paired iPhones for distant playback.
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