Ever since the folks over at 9to5Mac have gotten their hands on an iOS 11 GM file, they have been relentlessly digging into it to see what all they can unearth and spoil Apple’s September 12th party. After confirming that the LTE Apple Watch is indeed real, the publication has managed to unearth more details about the smartwatch from the leaked firmware.
The LTE Apple Watch, presumably called the Apple Watch Series 3, will use the same phone number as the iPhone it is connected to. The smartwatch will automatically ask users to configure cellular plan during the initial setup process itself. The process will be automatic as the setup process itself will try and find your iPhone’s data plan.
The code also suggests that certain carriers will be offering promotional rates for the LTE Apple Watch. This should help increase the adoption of the smartwatch among iPhone users. Certain carriers might even offer free LTE connectivity for the Apple Watch for a certain period of time.
Certain carriers will also be selling the LTE Apple Watch through their retail stores, with their carrier plan preinstalled. This means that such Apple Watch units will only work on the network from the operator you purchase it from.
Lastly, the code in the firmware also suggests that Apple will be offering the Apple Watch Series 3 in two new finishes: Ceramic Gray and Brushed Aluminium Gold. Apple is also rumored to launch a new Copper Gold finish for the iPhone 8 this time around, so the Brushed Aluminium Gold finish on the Apple Watch Series 3 would go perfectly with it.
A previous leak had detailed that the LTE Apple Watch will sport a Digital Crown with a red accent to make it look more attractive. The overall design of the smartwatch remains the same as the existing Apple Watch Series 2 though.