Many mobile companies have already shown that it’s more than possible to cram a cellular radio inside a smartwatch. A new report suggests that Apple did try adding cellular connectivity to the Apple Watch 2, however, it decided to scrap this major feature as it was concerned that it would drain too much battery. Therefore, the report concludes that the Apple Watch 2 is not going to offer cellular connectivity even though the feature has the potential of becoming a major selling point for Apple’s smartwatch.
Bloomberg reports that Apple was having discussions with carriers in the United States and Europe about bringing the Apple Watch 2 to their networks. It’s said to have made it clear to them that even if it was able to ship a cellular Apple Watch 2 this year it wouldn’t be possible before December.
Apple’s main concern is said to be the impact on the battery life. It’s now believed to be looking into low-power cellular chips which basically means we might have to wait for a year before cellular connectivity has a chance of finding its way to the Apple Watch.
The company is expected to release an updated Apple Watch this year which is likely going to feature an integrated GPS as well as advanced health tracking features. The Apple Watch 2 is expected to arrive in the fall.