The next Apple Watch might potentially come with cellular connectivity. That means you’ll be able to use it, even if you decide to leave your smartphone at home.
Right now, the Apple Watch connects to your smartphone using bluetooth. It’s the same technology used to pair your smartphone to your car, or to things like wireless headphones and portable speakers. It work great, but it isn’t without its limitations, specifically, distance.
While your Apple Watch can work great with your phone in your pocket, chances are if you’ve strayed too far away you’ve noticed that red alert show up on the top of your watch letting you know it’s not longer connected to your phone. At that point some of the Apple Watch’s functionality still works, but most of it doesn’t.
Sources familiar with matter told The Wall Street Journal this week that Apple plans to add cell-network connectivity to the next version of the wearable, along with a faster processor.
The Apple Watch is currently right at a year old. Originally, Apple had been rumored to be announcing the next generation of the Apple Watch at the event it held in March.
Now, analysts believe that Apple will announce the next generation of the Apple Watch during its annual developers conference, WWDC, in May.