There are still plenty of questions surrounding the third generation Apple Watch. When will it be announced? Will it look the same or get an all-new look? Will it still tell time? All very good, difficult-to-answer questions. If the latest reports from Bloomberg are to be believed, the watch may be in for one very big change from the previous years.

According to Bloomberg, Apple is looking to add LTE to the new Apple Watch, set to release this year. While you’ll probably still need to connect the watch to an iPhone for full functionality, LTE capabilities should mean that you don’t actually have to take your iPhone around with you if you don’t want to. It shouldn’t have to be on your person for you to successfully use the watch.

It’s possible that Apple will sell the new watch in two different models, one with LTE and one without, similar to what they do with the iPad. The LTE model would no doubt come with a cellular service and data plan fee.

Over at Daring Fireball, John Gruber writes about a rumor he heard that the new Apple Watch will have an all-new form factor, and if we’re getting a slimmer watch, that raises the question of battery life, something the previous watches didn’t excel at. LTE service would just be one more thing drawing power.

Apple has been in an ongoing patent war with Qualcomm, so it’s little surprise that -according to Bloomberg’s story – they’ve chosen Intel to manufacture the modems for the new watches. That way they can avoid any additional entanglements while also sticking it to Qualcomm pretty good.


Look for the new watch to be announced along with the new iPhones in September, where we should get the complete, official story straight from the horse’s mouth.

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