Next Apple Watch could go independent with its own cellular radio
It hardly seems controversial to suggest that Apple’s working on new smartwatch hardware; after all, the original Apple Watch has been around for quite a while now, and Apple’s sure to have come up with a few ideas in the interim on things it might like to do better. And certainly, we’ve heard plenty of rumors about just what form some of those changes might take. That said, there are plenty are unknowns when we start getting specific about which of these changes Apple’s most likely to make, and maybe more importantly, when the company’s likely to make them. Will this year only get a minor Apple Watch refresh, with bigger changes following in 2017? We’re still not quite sure how this will all come together, but a new rumor adds support for the “more changes, sooner” theory, and suggests expanded connectivity could be the next-gen Apple Watch’s big hook.
As almost an aside in a larger piece about Apple Watch sales, The Wall Street Journal mentions that its sources report the next-gen Apple Watch will both pick up a faster SoC and break free from the iPhone as the smartwatch gains its own cellular radio.
While it’s not mentioned here, that might fit with reports of a new Apple Watch that doesn’t get any big interactive features like a FaceTime camera, and instead is a thinner, streamlined version of the original model. Of course, we’re a bit concerned what hit that cellular connectivity may have on Apple Watch battery life, so hopefully it wouldn’t get too, too thin.
There’s no new comment from this source on any possible timetable for the introduction of the new Apple Watch, leaving us unsure if Apple could really have something ready to go in time for WWDC 2016, or if we might be waiting just a bit longer.