Apple 'working on non-iPhone Apple Watch'

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Currently, the iPhone is basically the hub of the Apple Universe, connecting to wireless headphones, a watch, and soon potentially a speaker in your home. But a new report from Bloomberg suggests that the Apple Watch 3 will feature LTE connectivity. The integration should allow Apple Watch owners to leave their iPhone behind and still get near full functionality out of the watch. Well, at least until the initial setup is done.

A different source also said that Intel would be providing the LTE modems for the new Apple wearable.

Apple is hard at work on the next version of the Apple Watch, and according to the latest reports, it's going to be totally different.

AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile have apparently already signed up to provide the device in the U.S., but there are no details on providers outside the states as yet.

Apple proposes to release Apple Watch with built-in LTE this year. Apple, Intel and the carriers declined to comment. The company had reportedly been working towards releasing an LTE smartwatch previous year, but battery life issues lead to a delay.

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While the Apple Watch remains a small part of the company's overall revenue, CEO Tim Cook said earlier this week that it's the best-selling smartwatch 'by a very wide margin'. We are just speculating here since, for all we know, Apple could even release a new Apple Watch next to every iPhone from here on out. But those LTE watches all take up a massive amount of wrist real estate, which isn't appealing to many people.

Though Apple Watch is the third most popular wrist wearable in the world, behind Xiaomi and Fitbit, their sales have been growing. Consumers could locate their device if it was lost, or if they wanted to track their distance while running without carrying around an iPhone. Apple is in an ongoing battle with Qualcomm over patents، and choosing Intel here seems to be another way to slight its opponent.

Bloomberg's report indicates the new model will be called Apple Watch Series 3.

Apple had planned to release an LTE enabled smartwatch past year but pushed the release due to battery draining issues. Despite a possible delay, the smartwatch is planned for release by the end of this year.

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