With Apple being one of the best smartwatch makers in the market, they still face a stiff competition from the likes of Samsung, Motorola, and others who produce smartwatches with its own LTE capability. This allows the user to use standalone apps and send/receive messages on the device without the need of always syncing with the smartphone, which is particularly missing in the current Apple Watches. But a new report from Bloomberg suggests that the Apple Watch 3 will feature LTE connectivity.
The report claims that the new Apple Watch 3 is expected to be unveiled later this year and with the inclusion of its own LTE, the device will not require an iPhone to be connected if the user wants to send or receive messages, download apps, maps and so forth on the watch. In simple words, the Apple Watch 3 will be able to work on its own without relying on an iPhone. Well, at least until the initial setup is done. The report also mentions that Intel will be the one to supply the LTE modems for the next generation Apple Watch. It's interesting to note that Apple has already selected Intel as the modem supplier for iPhones since the Cupertino company and Qualcomm are currently held in a recent patent dispute. Qualcomm used to be the primary LTE modem supplier and many other components for Apple products.
Along with the expected release of the Apple Watch 3 by the end of 2017, Apple plans to roll out the Watch OS 4 update that includes new Siri-enabled features for the watch, connectivity with gym-based equipment’s, sending payments via iMessage and more. Apple is also getting ready to release three new Apple iPhones this year, two of which is expected to be the Apple iPhone 7S and the iPhone 7S Plus.
The third device, which is believed to be called the Apple iPhone 8, could feature an all-screen OLED display and thin bezels for a larger screen-to-body ratio. The OLED display is reportedly produced by Samsung. The smartphone is also expected to come with a dual-lens camera. A new report regarding a leaked code claims that the front and rear-facing camera on the iPhone 8 may feature 4K recording at 60fps. Word is it that the iPhone 8 may include a new facial recognition sensor and wireless charging capabilities. Apple is also rumored to be working on a new version of the Apple iPhone SE that is reportedly planned to be launched by the end of this month.