Apple Watch with cellular connectivity is likely to be delayed till the next generation, although new versions of the Watch will come with GPS-tracking, says a report on Bloomberg.
The Bloomberg report by Mark Gurman says Apple has been in talks with major cellular networks in US and Europe, but there are concerns chips with LTE will consume too much battery. The report adds this will reduce “the product’s effectiveness,” and thus affect user appeal, and there’s a good chance this particular feature will be pushed back to the next generation.
However, Apple will introduce GPS-tracking in the new watch, says the report quoting people who are familiar with the plan. The reason Apple is looking at cellular connectivity is to free the Watch from its dependence on the the iPhone and make it more useful for customers.
Apple is expected to launch two versions of the Watch 2 in 2016, according to some earlier reports. Earlier KGI Securities’ well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had in a note to investors said Apple will launch two new smartwatches this year.
The note, which was picked up by MacRumors and AppleInsider, said Apple Watch 2 will come with a TSMC built processor, GPS, greater waterproofing, higher capacity battery and a barometer.
Kuo had also said the second generation Apple Watch will retain the screen size from the original Apple Watch, although it will adopt a thinner display technology. On cellular connectivity, Kuo had commented that it won’t be possible till 2017, and it looks like the latest Bloomberg report is confirming that as well.
Reports also claimed Apple Watch could come with micro LED panel, which are slimmer and could mean a more battery efficient device. Apple iPhone 7 launches in September, but it is unclear if the new Apple Watch will make an appearance at the event. Apple watchOS 3.0 is expected roll out in September as well along with iOS 10, MacOS Sierra and tvOS.
Apple Watch, which was first launched in April 15, is the world’s number one selling smartwatch. Recent data from IDC, showed Apple’s dominance of the smartwatch market is very strong, and a drop in sales of the Apple device, resulted in a poor quarter for the entire segment. According to IDC data, Apple shipped 1.6 million watches in Q2 of 2016, the first time shipments have fallen for the Watch.
Other rivals like Samsung, LG have launched watches with LTE and cellular connectivity in the US, but they have not been able to catch up with Cupertino on sales.