Apple Inc plans to release a version of its smartwatch later this year that can connect directly to cellular networks, Bloomberg reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter.
Some of the new models for the Apple Watch will be equipped with LTE chips and be able to perform many tasks without needing an iPhone to be in range, the Bloomberg report said. Currently, the Apple Watch needs to be connected to an iPhone to send messages, get directions from maps and stream music.
Intel Corp will supply the LTE modems for the new watch, according to Bloomberg. The iPhone maker is already in talks with carriers in the United States and Europe about offering the cellular version of the Apple Watch, the report said.
Apple and Intel did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Recently, Apple and Nike had tied up and unveiled a new NikeLab model of the Apple Watch Series 2. The wearable is a limited edition device, event though it comes with nothing new, said for the new neutral-toned strap that is now available in black and white. The app helps users in making coaching plans will to adapt to their personal schedules and provide guidance from coaches and athletes.