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Next Apple Watch with LTE may not be able to make phone calls

by Danny Zepeda | August 17, 2017August 17, 2017 10:30 am EST

Earlier this week it was reported that the next Apple Watch will look the same but will come with one main major new feature, LTE connectivity. That report was based on a note KGI Securities Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo shared, and now he’s updating his expectations of the Apple Watch Series 3. The latest Apple wearable will indeed boast LTE, but users won’t be able to use the new connectivity to make phones calls.

According to Kuo, it is said to include an eSIM instead of a regular SIM card to save space but it will only function with data and not for phone calls.

You can already make phone calls with the Apple Watch, but only when it is paired with the iPhone. Including LTE connectivity meant the Apple Watch will now completely be able to work untethered from an iPhone, and it will, but not for phone calls.

Kuo states the Apple will omit the feature not due to technical issues but to refine the “user experience,” but there are also other factors playing a role. It will make negotiations with carriers easier as this will allow Apple to bypass including a 3G antenna. This will also lead to incorporating a simpler antenna design.

Kuo also reports that Apple will not add Android compatibility with this generation, something that was rumored now that you won’t have to use the Apple Watch with an iPhone thanks to LTE connectivity. Apple has added support for some of its services for Android (Apple Music), but this rumor was one of the most far-fetched that seemed more like pie in the sky than an actual possibility.

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Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...