New Apple Watch will pack an LTE modem, eschewing the need for an iPhone
Why buy a smartwatch when you still have to carry around your phone in your pocket? This has been the crux of argument many give for not using a smartwatch. Apple is looking to make the next Apple Watch more compelling with a crucial change: the company is planning to release a version of the Apple Watch with an LTE modem (provided by Intel), according to a Bloomberg report from trusted sources.
The main impact of this change is that the Watch would no longer require a nearby iPhone to be paired to. As a result, a user could leave the house with just their watch, leaving their iPhone at home. More importantly, though, the Apple Watch currently is only compatible with iPhones due to the way they sync data, meaning Android users were out of luck. With an on-board LTE modem, however, the Apple Watch could become a stand-alone product, increasing its audience significantly.
The Apple Watch is only a small portion of revenue as evidenced in the company's rosy financial report from last week, but CEO Tim Cook was quick to point out that it is still the most popular smartwatch by far. If LTE-enabled Apple Watches can indeed be used independently of an Apple phone (or any phone, at that), it will only lead to strong growth of the product for Apple.