The Apple Watch has always been considered as a “companion device” to the iPhone, but this may very well change in the next iteration of the smartwatch. According to Bloomberg and various other sources, the next Apple Watch will reportedly bring cellular support.
If this turns out to be accurate, the Apple Watch will be much less reliant on the iPhone. Currently, many of the Watch’s features – like receiving calls and notifications – require an iPhone to be within range, which may not be practical in every situation. On top of that, bringing cellular support to the Apple Watch will bring it up to par with other smartwatches in the market that are already offering the option.
HomePod firmware shows Apple Watch with LTE!
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Of course, the biggest issue with bringing LTE support to the Apple Watch will be battery life. As it is, some – if not many – users are not satisfied with the Watch’s battery life; it’ll be interesting to see if Apple has come up with a solution.
Said to be available to consumers by the end of this year, the Apple Watch with LTE will likely be introduced alongside the three new iPhones in September next month. However, it’s worth noting that the official availability of the new Watch may see a delay; it won’t be the first time Apple postpone an LTE-capable Watch.