So far for every Apple Watch that has been released to date, Apple has made it so that it relies pretty much 100% on the iPhone for connectivity, which isn’t a bad thing if you own an iPhone, but troublesome if you don’t. However many rumors have since surfaced suggesting that the third iteration could finally bring about cellular connectivity.
In a new report from CNBC (via 9to5Mac), it seems that the news outlet has “confirmed” that the third-generation Apple Watch will indeed sport LTE connectivity, thus corroborating claims made by Bloomberg and KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The report claims that the Apple Watch Series 3 is expected to go on sale in September which is also when Apple is expected to announce its new iPhones.
The Apple Watch Series 3 will allow users to make phone calls, stream music, and more independent of the iPhone, and is also expected to sport an embedded SIM card similar to what we’ve seen Apple done with the cellular iPads in the past. The report did not state whether or not it will be LTE-only or if there will be 3G support as well.
The earlier report by Kuo suggested that due to certain technical restrictions, it will only support LTE which means that there might be some markets that do not have widespread LTE coverage that won’t be getting the cellular option.