New Apple Watch would have options with and without cellular connectivity, but would not bring major changes in design

The sure analyst at KGI Securities, Ming-Chi Kuo, revealed yesterday (8/14) some information about the next generation of Apple Watch, throwing a bucket of cold water at those who expected design news and other innovations.

According to Kuo, the next generation of the watch will remain with the two size options (38mm and 42mm) and will not have “big changes” in relation to the design, something recently raised by the well-informed John Gruber, from the blog Daring Fireball.

Regarding the news, the analyst corroborated what was found in the HomePod firmware: for him, the Apple Watch will have cellular connectivity. Kuo, however, says that it would be possible to choose between options with or without LTE, just as it happens today with the iPad – the difference would be due to the lack of support for 3G connectivity (that is, we would only have 4G / LTE).

The day before the discovery in the HomePod firmware, Bloomberg said that the third generation of Watch would have this type of connectivity and that the four largest operators in the United States (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint) would already have agreements to support the watch.

Stainless Steel Apple Watch

Kuo bets that the new models will reach numbers of 8 to 9 million units sold in the second half of 2017, with the model with LTE accounting for 35% to 40% of this total. Overall, it predicts 17.5 to 18 million units sold in 2017, which means an increase of 70% year on year.

Still, he says that to boost sales more, Apple would need a radical design change, commercialize the 5G connection and have more FDA approvals in order to improve healthcare initiatives.

Today the CNBC added more fuel to the fire, stating that the next Apple Watch would be announced alongside the “iPhone 8” at a special event in September – sales would begin in the same month.

As has already been suggested, the publication stated that the watch would have a “virtual” SIM (instead of a physical chip) and could be connected to the cellular network without the need for an iPhone nearby. And, perhaps as we could predict, the situation outside the USA is not so easy: CNBC said that Apple is looking for partnerships to sell the Watch in Europe, but it seems that nothing has been finalized yet – now imagine this drama here in Brazil.

So far, no invitation to the September event has been sent; Apple is expected to fire at the end of August – that is, it is already very close!

via MacRumors, 9to5Mac

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