Apple plans to release a new smartwatch later this year with 4G LTE, which will allow it to break away from the iPhone and make calls as a standalone device.
The smartwatch, which has not yet been named (it may well be the Apple Watch Series 3, or another device entirely), is also expected to have GPS. This will allow runners to leave their iPhone at home, and thus lighten the load when out and about.
It has also been alleged by numerous media outlets that AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon are all lining up to sell the new device with their own data plans. Should this happen - and due to the healthy competition - it’s expected that data plans should cost as little as $15 per month, with an upfront cost for the new Apple smartwatch. Should Apple come good of this rumour, they will bring the Apple Watch bang up to date with the vast array of Android Wear smartwatches on the market that already have 4G LTE and run as a standalone device. Devices from HUAWEI, Motorola, LG and many other OEMs already have LTE, so they run untethered from the restrictions of a smartphone.
Apple Watch Sales Up 50%
In other news, Apple CEO Tim Cook has announced that Apple Watch sales are up over 50 per cent since last year. He mentioned this when discussing Apple’s third-quarter results on a scheduled investor call on Tuesday. However, what that “50 per cent” translates to in sales numbers is anybody’s guess, because Apple has kept tight-lipped about that.
What we do know is that the Apple Watch is categorised as one of Apple’s “other products”, a category which also includes Apple TV and the iPod. Apple’s “other products” category has seen a revenue increase of 23 per cent to $2.74 billion this year. One could surmise that the growth in revenue is because of the increased sales of the Apple Watch, although the other products category also includes Apple AirPods, which have proven to be extremely popular with customers.