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Apple is 'working on non-iPhone Apple Watch' - Source

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If you are not quite enlightened about the Apple wrist watches, the current Apple Watch range requires an iPhone to be paired via Bluetooth.

A report published by Bloomberg has it that Apple is working on an Apple Watch that does not need to be paired to an iPhone, the new Watch will connect directly to LTE mobile networks.

The report says that the company has begun talks with providers in the US and Europe about offering the device later this year, the report says.

Since its launch in 2015, the company is yet to share any sales figures but in a recent call to investors, Apple boss Tim Cook said his firm's watch was the best-selling smartwatch in the world.
Strategy Analytics shows that in the wider wearables market, Apple lags behind Chinese firm Xiaomi and San Francisco-based Fitbit, and this report is against Mr Cook's assertion.

Untethering it from the iPhone would open up a range of new functionality - such as allowing users to download songs on the move, even if they do not have their smartphone with them.

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At Creative Strategies, Carolina Milanesi says that "Apple clearly has big plans for Watch both in the health segment and as a gateway to the connected home. Direct network connection helps in both making and sharing data more reliable and faster."

According to Bloomberg’s report, the new device’s modem will be manufactured by Intel.

The device would come on to the market several years after Apple rivals Samsung and LG launched their own cellular-enabled smart watches.

However such devices have tended to be too large to gain any kind of mainstream popularity.
As regards to this report, Apple has not responded to the claims of the report.

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