Apple Watch 3 reportedly won't need your iPhone to make calls

Apple Watch 3 reportedly won't need your iPhone to make calls

Intel Corp. will supply the LTE modems for the new Watch, according to another person familiar with the situation.

Apple plans to release an Apple Watch with built-in LTE this year, according to Bloomberg.

The addition of LTE chips would undoubtedly make the Apple Watch, the best selling wearable on the market, even more attractive to consumers - but it might not be the only new feature coming later this year.

Currently, the Apple Watch is nothing more than rechargeable jewelry when not connected to an iPhone. Currently, when an Apple Watch user is outside of Wi-Fi coverage and without an iPhone, the Apple Watch is unable to connect to the Internet. The integration should allow Apple Watch owners to leave their iPhone behind and still get near full functionality out of the watch.

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John Gruber, who runs the Daring Fireball blog and has been known to have early information on Apple products, said he had also heard the new cellular watch model would include an "all-new form factor".

Talks to sell and support the LTE-equipped Apple Watch are said to be underway with service providers in the US and Europe, and the big four in the US (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile) reportedly plan to carry Apple's updated wearable. Battery life - already a sore spot for the Apple Watch - would take a hit if the device had to power a cellular radio.

The watch is likely to be announced in September, alongside new iPhones.

Apple reps did not respond to our request for comment.

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