Apple is reportedly working on a smartwatch that will come loaded with cellular connectivity. The Apple Watch will be launched later this year and it will feature an in-built LTE modem chip, which will be supplied by Intel, according to a report by Bloomberg.
The report further highlights that through the smartwatch users will be able to download new songs and use apps without using the iPhones. For the unintended, the Apple Watch needs to be connected to an iPhone to perform different tasks like streaming music, download directions in maps and send messages as well.
The report adds that the Cupertino-based giant is in talks with carriers in the US and Europe about offering the cellular version of the smartwatch. However, the smartwatch could be delayed beyond 2017, the report said.
Interestingly, in terms of adding cellular connectivity to a smartwatch, Apple is far behind. We already have manufacturers like Samsung and Huawei, which introduced LTE connectivity on their smartwatches. Samsung unveiled Galaxy Gear S3 Frontier this year in India, which comes with LTE support. In addition to this, the Frontier variant also has its own 3G/LTE chip for mobile payments anywhere through Samsung Pay.
Huawei, on the other hand, had launched Huawei Watch 2, which comes loaded with LTE connectivity. The smartwatch comes with cellular connectivity one can insert a nanoSIM or eSIM card into the watch. The cellular feature will help you to take calls and remain connected to the internet when it is not connected to a Wi-Fi network or paired to a smartphone.