Apple adding LTE to next Apple Watch

Bloomberg: Apple adding LTE to next Apple Watch [Update: New form factor this year] | 9to5Mac:

[Update: John Gruber adds that a new form factor is coming this year too:

“It’s hard to overstate just how big a deal this could be. No mention in Businessweek’s report, though, of the all-new form factor that I’ve heard is coming for this year’s new watches.”

This would mark the first external change since the Apple Watch debuted.]

Bloomberg reports that Apple is planning to release an updated Apple Watch model by the end of this year with built-in cellular connectivity. Bringing cellular connectivity to the Apple Watch has been rumored before but didn’t ship with the last revision which instead focused on GPS.

Sony A6500 The report says Intel will supply the LTE modem that will be used in cellular versions of the Apple Watch.

Apple Inc. is planning to release a version of its smartwatch later this year that can connect directly to cellular networks, a move designed to reduce the device’s reliance on the iPhone, people familiar with the matter said.

When the Apple Watch gains cellular connectivity and independence from the iPhone, the sales will really take off but as the report states, we still might not see it until next year still.