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Apple Watch 2 rumors: Cellular connectivity could be a game-changer

Caitlin McGarry | April 26, 2016
The watch could become an essential accessory if it can operate on its own.

The Apple Watch is either a total flop or the second coming of the iPhone, depending on how you look at it. On one hand, Apple has sold around 12 million watches so far, according to the Wall Street Journal, which is twice as many units as Apple sold iPhones in that device’s launch year. On the other hand, the Apple Watch is nowhere near as popular as the iPhone is now, due to a few factors that Apple is reportedly working on.

Regardless of whether the iPhone’s blockbuster status is an impossible standard for a brand new product category to meet, Apple does need to make the watch a device that can stand on its own. According to the WSJ, Apple Watch 2 will include cellular connectivity and a beefier processor so apps will load more quickly. That might mean yet another data plan to pay for, but the watch would function on its own instead of being tethered to an iPhone.

There are a few other features that would make the Apple Watch a more compelling buy, like GPS and longer battery life. I’ve argued before that the watch needs to take advantage of its position on your wrist to become the ultimate health companion—though I expect that effort will take much longer to come into being.

Apple is also pushing developers to build better apps for the watch, partly by mandating all new watch apps submitted to the App Store be built for watchOS 2 and run natively on the device. That should make it easier and faster to use watch apps.

But the watch is still in its early days and is incredibly useful already. It’s likely that the device’s utility will only increase as time goes on.

What do you want to see in Apple Watch 2? Let us know in the comments.

 

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