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Apple Watch 2 with LTE connectivity reportedly hits 'roadblocks', launch scrapped for this year

Despite previous rumors, the upcoming Apple Watch 2 won't get LTE connectivity this year. Apple might only be able to add cellular connectivity to its wearable next year.

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Apple is widely expected to unveil its next-generation Watch along with the iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus. But unlike what was believed before, the Apple Watch 2 may not get cellular connectivity. A report from earlier this year claimed that the next Apple Watch will be capable of functioning without having to be constantly connected to a smartphone. But according to a new report, Apple has hit a few roadblocks in its quest. Also Read - Apple is likely to add this old iPhone model to its vintage product list on December 31

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Apple is said to have hit roadblocks in making major changes that would connect its Watch to cellular networks and make it less dependent on the iPhone. According to Bloomberg, one of the major roadblocks is the battery life and Apple feels that the current-gen cellular chips consume too much battery that invariably reduces the appeal of a wearable. Apple is then likely to defer cellular connectivity on an Apple Watch by at least another year. Also Read - Apple India reveals the best apps for iPhone, iPad, and Mac in 2021: Check out the list

While cellular connectivity maybe off the books, there will be plenty of improvements on the Apple Watch 2, including built-in GPS that will invariably improve health tracking capabilities. GPS will let the wearable track user’s running or walking distance and route more precisely, and would also improve navigation.

The addition of GPS corroborates previous rumors, as well as a research note by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. According to Kuo, besides GPS, the second-generation Apple Watch will boast a faster processor, improved waterproofing as well as sensors like a barometer. The overall design however is expected to be the same.

While Apple hasn’t made anything official yet, reports claim the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 could be unveiled sometime in the first week of September. According to reports, the new Apple Watch 2 is also expected to be unveiled at the same event.

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  • Published Date: August 19, 2016 10:58 AM IST
  • Updated Date: August 19, 2016 11:12 AM IST



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