There are rumors suggesting Apple will unveil the second-generation Apple Watch at this year’s September/iPhone event, so reports regarding the upcoming wearable’s features are bound to pick up steam.
Sure enough, a new report has surfaced that suggests Apple will be making a few decisions that could alter the possibility that the Apple Watch 2 will feature cellular connectivity. Specifically, according to Bloomberg, the Apple Watch 2 may not feature cellular connectivity at all, as Apple focuses its attention on GPS and features tuned towards fitness.
According to the report, while Apple was apparently working on the possibility of a cellular-connected Apple Watch, the company “hit roadblocks in making major changes that would connect its Watch to cellular networks and make it less dependent on the iPhone.” As a result, the company has changed its attention. While Apple was in talks with carriers to get the Apple Watch connected, issues with battery life, and other factors, were apparently the leading reasons why Apple dropped the idea for the upcoming iteration of the wearable.
Instead, Apple is said to be focusing on built-in GPS, which will then unlock even more fitness-related features for the smartwatch.
As it stands right now, the Apple Watch 2 is expected to retain the same overall design as was introduced with the original wearable. Some rumors have claimed it will feature a waterproof or water resistant design, and that built-in GPS will indeed be one of the selling points for the device, as well as a faster processor.[via Bloomberg]