Apple Watch 2 to feature GPS, instead of cellular connectivity: Report

Rumors are rife that Apple is working on a thinner and more battery efficient new variant of the Watch. It is likely that Apple would take the lids off its new Watch variant at the iPhone 7 launch event. The specification details of the upcoming Apple Watch 2 are scarce, however previous reports suggested reasonable upgrades and changes.

Apple Watch 2 to feature GPS, instead of cellular connectivity: Report

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Now Bloomberg has a report that indicates that Apple has "hit roadblocks" in introducing cellular connectivity support to the Apple Watch 2. Earlier, it was believed that Apple Watch 2 would feature new connectivity options that are already available on competitive Android Wear devices. It was reported that Apple was tying up with carriers around the world for offering cellular support on its upcoming Watch. However, it now seems that the plan has been scraped off.

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Apple Watch 2 to feature GPS, instead of cellular connectivity: Report

The reason for throwing the plan off table is said to be due to tough timeline target. Apple wouldn't have been able to release the cellular-enabled device until December. Moreover, for a cellular enabled watch Apple would need to work on battery as well. Apple has been looking into radios that consumer lower power, but those weren't ready to be used still.

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Apple Watch 2 to feature GPS, instead of cellular connectivity: Report

The report also mentions that instead of adding cellular connectivity support, Apple will focus more on the health and fitness features on the Apple Watch 2. The company is believed to be adding GPS on its new Watch to cater to take care of the fitness side. With an in built GPS, location tracking would be more accurate. Also, a GPS won't consume as much battery as wireless data. Besides, the Apple Watch 2 is expected to be thinner and work faster.


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