Apple Watch Series 3 Reportedly Enters ‘Final Testing Phase’

A safe bet is that Apple is going to announce a new iPhone, or maybe three new iPhones, at an event in early September.

But, the closer we get to that event, it’s starting to look more and more like Apple will also be unveiling a brand new Apple Watch, too. According to rumors we’ve already heard, the Apple Watch Series 3 will have a variant that offers LTE connectivity, one that won’t, and it may or may not feature an all-new design. And now there’s one more report outlining why we’ll probably see the newest wearable from Apple soon.

According to the Economic Daily News [translated], the Apple Watch Series 3 has entered its “final testing phase” ahead of its launch later this year. According to the unnamed sources, the publication states that Apple supply partner Quanta Computer will begin shipping its Apple Watch Series 3 models to Apple in the fourth quarter. That would mean the new Apple Watch would indeed launch in September.

Unfortunately, the report does not include a lot of additional information. It does echo what we’ve heard in the past, though, that the wearable will boast LTE connectivity, so that could count as a corroborating report in that regard. Apple adding cellular connectivity is one of many next logical steps for the Apple Watch lineup, and it will be interesting to see how it is priced compared to the non-LTE variants. It is also worth noting that rumors have suggested the cellular-connected Apple Watch will not have 3G on board, and will connect to LTE only, so it will not be a viable option in some markets.

It’s also been reported that the Series 3 won’t feature the ability to make voice calls without an iPhone, but it may support VoIP apps, and may use an eSIM.

As it stands, the Apple Watch Series 3 is expected to arrive on stage during Apple’s yearly September event, where the iPhone 8 and a 4K-enabled fifth-generation Apple TV is also set to make their debut.

Are you already planning on picking up the Apple Watch Series 3?

[via Economic Daily News]

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