This is a special year for Apple as the iPhone turns 10. To commemorate the anniversary, the company is going to introduce a radical new design in what is likely to be called the iPhone 8. However, alongside the iPhone 8, Apple is also expected to launch the Apple Watch 3. Also Read - Apple Podcasts Subscriptions and channels go live in 170 countries starting todayAlso Read - Apple TV+ free trial will now be available for 3 months instead of a year: What to do?
Unlike the Apple Watch 2, the third-generation smartwatch is expected to work independently of the iPhone, and allow messaging and calling by itself. According to a CNBC report, the Apple Watch 3 will be available in an LTE version, which essentially means users will be able to use an embedded SIM card in the smartwatch and use it as a standalone device. The capability will also allow independent music streaming through the Apple Watch 3. Also Read - Apple Beats Studio Buds launched: AirPods for Android devices
According to a separate report by Bloomberg, Intel is expected to deliver the technology required to make the Apple Watch 3 a standalone device with LTE capability. In the US, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon are expected to sell the LTE-enabled smartwatch. To recall, Samsung introduced the Gear S3 smartwatch with LTE feature in the US last year. A smartwatch with such a feature doesn’t intend to replace the smartphone, but it helps in outdoor activities or exercise sessions when wearing a watch is preferred over carrying a smartphone around. Evidently, an LTE smartwatch will cost more than traditional Wi-Fi/Bluetooth-supported smartwatches.
However, given that LTE connectivity will consume more battery, Apple will be required to work on that aspect. Analysts indicate that if the company is able to get the equation right by cramming more battery, it will be a win-win situation as it will “drive up the average selling price of the smartwatch,” Neil Shah, research director of devices and ecosystems at Counterpoint Research, is quoted as saying in the report. ALSO READ: Apple Watch and diabetes: How technology companies are aiming to make diabetes monitoring pain-free
With Apple’s focus on health, it is expected the Apple Watch 3 will feature an in-built glucose monitoring sensor for painless monitoring of glucose levels. It is also expected that there will be smart bands to go with the new smartwatch which will alert the wearer for notifications. Recently, Apple CEO Tim Cook was seen wearing a prototype glucose tracking device that could be paired with the Apple Watch. If these reports are to be believed, we might be able to see the revolutionary feature show up in the upcoming smartwatch.
In addition to this, the Apple Watch is expected to bring a set of upgrades over the predecessor along with a bump in performance, including the possibility of a micro-LED display. Unveiling of the Apple Watch 3 in September falls in line with Apple’s plan of introducing the watchOS 4 around the same time. The new wearable OS is expected to boast new features focused on music and Siri. ALSO READ: Apple Watch 3: Here s what we know so far