Apple Watch 3 in Final Test Phase

Apple Watch 3 in Final Test Phase

That's all we know for now, but stay tuned as Apple is expected to host its autumn product reveal in early-September, where the aforementioned iPhone 8 is widely tipped to be the star of the show.

The Apple Watch 3 is still on course for a late-2017 launch, if the latest supply chain rumours are to be believed.

This has two benefits: (1) negotiations with mobile operators will be more simple and the chances of cooperation with mobile operators will improve; and (2) 3G connectivity can be scrapped, simplifying the antenna design and facilitating internal design.

The wearable being announced next month will have an LTE chip but apart from using data-related services such as Skype and FaceTime, users will not be able to take advantage of cellular calls initially.

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The second-generation Apple Watch now available to customers uses Wi-Fi connectivity and iPhone pairing to connect to the Internet.

What's going to be new about the Apple Watch Series 3? With the Apple Watch Series 3 reportedly shipping this year, fourth quarter numbers are expected to hit 4.5 million, too. They'll come with a so-called eSIM to save space, and will work across major USA carriers. Incidentally, Kuo relays that the 38mm and 42mm sizes of current Apple Watch models will remain unchanged. It also won't support 3G connectivity.

That's according to sources at Apple partner Quanta, who've divulged the news to Economic Daily in China.

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