Currently, the Apple Watch requires tethering to an iPhone for cellular connectivity. Freeing it from that limitation would expand its functionality and increase its market, reaching customers who may not have an Apple device.
The WSJ notes that many see the Apple Watch as a disappointment, despite the device having sold twice as well as the iPhone did in its debut year. Complaints range from speed, to lack of a defining purpose, to limited battery life, to its previously mentioned tethering requirement.
Notably, Apple typically releases a new product with what some might call limited functionality. The original iPhone didn't support third party apps, ran on a slow network, and lacked basic functions like copy and paste. The new MacBook has just a single USB-C port and 480p camera.
With each iteration of a device, Apple improves on the hardware and software. The Apple Watch reaches its first anniversary on Sunday and sources reveal that the next version of the smartwatch could bring some major enhancements.
Apple is working on adding cell-network connectivity and a faster processor to its next-generation Watch, according to people familiar with the matter.
Apple declined to comment on the report but it's easy to see how these updates would significantly improve the usefulness of the Apple Watch. Please follow iClarified on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or RSS for updates.