A late Friday scoop from Bloomberg and its star Apple reporter, Mark Gurman, suggests that Apple is going to release a cellular version of the Apple Watch before the end of the year. We don't yet know if Apple will still sell models of the watch without LTE, however, like how it sells some iPad models withour LTE.
The network access would come via new LTE modems in the devices, which sources claim will be supplied by Intel.
The report also warns that the LTE-enabled version of the Apple Watch may not ship this year...
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The company has begun talks with providers in the United States and Europe about offering the device later this year, the report says. It makes sense that carriers would go all-in with an LTE smartwatch - that's just another charge they can add to your monthly bill.
Battery life is still an issue with a device of this size that's constantly connected to a network, but perhaps the new form factor will add some room for a bigger battery without significantly increasing the watch size.
There was no mention of any wrist-based phone call functionality, à la Dick Tracy, so that type of phone-watch separation might still be left in the realm of comic books - but better cellular connectivity is at least a step in that direction. Currently, the watch must be in range of your iPhone to get notifications and what not.