Apple Watch Series 3 Reportedly Features Integrated Cellular LTE Connectivity For iPhone Independence
This would be a big feature upgrade for the Apple Watch. The first generation smartwatch from Apple lacked independent GPS functionality, which meant maintaining a connection to an iPhone in order to track distance when jogging, swimming, or riding a bike.
Current generation Apple Watch devices connect to iPhone handsets via Bluetooth in order to send text messages, stream music, make phone calls, and so forth. With at least some third generation Apple Watch wearables having a built-in LTE chip—it appears Apple will offer both cellular and non-cellular models—many of those same functions can be performed independent of the iPhone.
Not only will this be good for Apple and its customers, it will also benefit
Apple is currently talking with wireless carriers in the US and Europe about supporting the new Apple Watch with LTE connectivity. All of the big carriers in the US will support the device, including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. However, some of the smaller carriers that piggyback on their networks may not.