As reported by the Wall Street Journal, the next Apple Watch that Apple will release will no longer be dependent on an iPhone device in order to connect to a cellular network. According to the report, Apple is said to be busy exploring ways in which it can incorporate cellular connectivity, plus a much better and powerful chip, to the next generation of its one and only wearable device to date. This bit of information follows the tech giant’s announcement made the previous week, in which it is requiring all mobile apps for the Apple Watch to work without having to import data from the iPhone to the smartwatch.
While the Apple Watch may not have reached mainstream status yet, it has done fairly well in terms of sales, maybe even better than the original iPhone. As a matter of fact, sales of the wearable device are two times as many as the iPhone in their debut years. As far as market share is concerned, it is clear that the Apple Watch is the most in demand, capturing more than half of the total volume of smartwatch shipments around the world in 2015, per Juniper Networks’ estimates. This is remarkable especially when you consider that the device had launched only in April of last year.
However, industry watchers are quick to caution that despite the Apple Watch’s impressive sales figures in its first year, smartwatches and wearable devices in general are quite far from replacing smartphones. These devices have yet to reach mass acceptance, and the biggest hurdle to that is the fact that most mobile users still do not see them as necessary gadgets for daily use. The general thinking is that wearable devices are just fitness tracking and notification pushing devices, and nothing more.
Apple, of course, is up to the challenge of changing that mindset. But first, it needs to introduce an Apple Watch that can actually do a whole lot more, and with less reliance on iPhones. This is why the tech giant is looking to add cellular connectivity to the Apple Watch, and at the same time, offer a better chip (plus a bevy of native mobile apps) that should pave the way for more Apple Watch apps that should help increase the device’s usefulness (and cool factor).
Apple is widely expected to unveil the next generation Apple Watch later this year. For certain, it will be interesting to observe how the entire mobile and wireless industry will respond to an Apple Watch that is totally independent of a smartphone.
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