Looking forward to the next generation Apple Watch, likely called the Apple Watch Series 3? According to reliable analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI, the wearable from Apple will ship later this year, with both LTE and non-LTE models. As for design, it will look almost identical to current Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2. According to Kuo, the next Apple Watch will continue to come in two sizes – 38mm and 42mm cases.
Cellular connectivity on the Apple Watch has been brewing in the rumour mill for quite some time now. The Apple Watch Series 2 was initially reported to come with cellular support however according to Bloomberg, Apple wasn’t ready for it back then, saying that cellular chips consumes too much battery. It looks like Apple is finally ready with the technology but with a slight catch – the next generation Apple Watch will have only LTE connectivity, and will not support 3G. This would limit the market where it can be launched, so Apple might offer a non-LTE version as well.
Kuo also predicts that Apple will ship about 18 million units of Apple Watches this year, with eight to nine million units being new models. While the analyst did not provide any launch date, it is believed that the Cupertino company will launch the Apple Watch Series 3 alongside the iPhone 8 sometime next month.