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Apple Watch 2 is Unlikely to Get Cellular Connectivity

Apple Watch 2 is Unlikely to Get Cellular Connectivity

Posted August 19, 2016 at 2:04am by iClarified
Apple has been working to bring cellular connectivity to the Apple Watch but it reportedly won't be ready for the second generation device expected to launch later this year, according to Bloomberg. Instead the company will purportedly announce a new watch with GPS location tracking and improvements to health tracking.

Talks have been taking place this year with mobile phone carriers in the U.S. and Europe in regards to bringing cellular connectivity to Apple Watch.

During the discussions, Apple executives expressed concern that the cellular models may not be ready for release this year and that the feature may be pushed back to a later generation, according to the people. Apple warned that, even on an aggressive schedule, the earliest possible shipment time-frame for cellular models would have been this December, one of the people said.

Apparently, the roadblock is that current cellular chips consume too much battery life. This is already a pain point for customers and would limit user appeal. Apple is researching low-power cellular data chips for future generation smartwatches.

Apple's goal is to untether the device from the iPhone but at this point it appears we'll have to wait a little bit longer.

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clown - August 23, 2016 at 5:09am
The new one will include the option for 72 hour battery, however that will add 5 pounds to the watch . LOL
gamerscul9870 - August 23, 2016 at 2:11pm
Tell that to other Apple products where they are 10x bigger yet still maintaining lightweight. LAWLOL
gamerscul9870 - August 19, 2016 at 5:40pm
Or we know well that it's quality. Aat least any smart watch right now isn't ready for this as listed in the description.
Moo - August 19, 2016 at 2:11pm
Not sure what apps you run, mine easily lasts a full day with several hours of activity. I dont run many apps on it though. Mainly use the stock ones and Runkeeper.
Kk - August 19, 2016 at 3:16pm
Smart watch, but dumb battery life
Zoltan Varga
Zoltan Varga - August 20, 2016 at 1:20am
You should try to restore the watch?
King Rollo
King Rollo - August 19, 2016 at 5:53am
Of course it won't.. The battery wouldn't last a second!
Kk - August 19, 2016 at 5:50am
Why would u want a cellular data on your apple watch? It would drain the garbage battery even faster
gamerscul9870 - August 19, 2016 at 9:17pm
Just the battery, not the watch itself as he was implying if you catch his drift.
yupss - August 19, 2016 at 3:20am
with its small form-factor, they couldnt even figure out how to implement GPS chipset in there. highly doubt cellular chips can fit in there without making it too big
gamerscul9870 - August 19, 2016 at 5:41pm
It's because they haven't upset focused on that yet. For a first generation watch like this, I'd give it a break.
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