CNBC has released a report which lines up with two previous ones that suggest Apple’s next wearable, currently known as the Apple Watch Series 3, will ship with LTE connectivity. Two models will be offered, with one sporting a “virtual” embedded SIM card for cellular connectivity while the other remains exclusively with just Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. No obvious design changes are expected from this generation of the Watch, but since the LTE model will have new hardware on the inside, we may see some type of visual tweak to make sure everything works properly.
The LTE-enabled Apple Watch will allow users to use their watches more independently from their phones, however your battery may take a hit. We’re all assuming Apple has found a fix for this issue that comes with putting a SIM card in a watch as last year, the company was also expected to launch LTE connectivity in the Watch but couldn’t due to poor endurance during the day. I just really hope this is the case so we don’t have to hear about how everyone’s Apple Watch battery life is terrible.
It’s been noted that all four major US carriers will be offering the LTE-connected Apple Watch, but we don’t know much about international options. CNBC notes that Apple could be currently seeking European partnerships to get the new Watch with cellular data on more wrists around the world although not much information was given in this regard. We’ll obviously let you know if we hear more.
The latest report from CNBC also notes the Apple Watch Series 3 will be unveiled during Apple’s September event where they’ll also debut the radically-redesigned iPhone 8, the refreshed iPhone 7s and 7s Plus, and hopefully a 4K Apple TV. While this isn’t confirmed, it seems super likely considering the previous two Apple Watch generations were unveiled alongside the iPhone 7 and 6, respectively.
We’re still around a month or so away from seeing the new Apple Watch so anything can happen leading up. But at least for now, you can probably feel safe betting the next wearable from Cupertino will allow for cellular data connectivity.