Apple isn’t expected to launch its next-generation smartwatch until the fall and a new report suggests that the Apple Watch 2 could bring some major changes. Apparently the company is working on adding cellular connectivity to the Apple Watch 2 which would mean that no iPhone would be required for connectivity. A faster processor has also been mentioned in this report for the new smartwatch.
Providing standalone cellular connectivity on a smartwatch has some obvious benefits. Users won’t need to bring along an iPhone when they want to receive phone calls or text messages, all of that can be handed on the smartwatch itself, without having to link up to an iPhone.
The only possible caveat here is that cellular companies might require users to get an additional data plan that covers data usage on the smartwatch, further adding to what they already spend on data packages for an iPhone and possibly an iPad every single month.
However, customers might not mind paying for extra data on the smartwatch if they can stream music, make and receive phone calls and do a lot more without having to carry their iPhone all the time.
Even though Apple hasn’t confirmed if cellular connectivity will be included in Apple Watch, the fact that it has confirmed to developers that all Apple Watch apps submitted from June 1st need to work without an iPhone goes to show that it’s open to making the smartwatch more independent.