Apple Watch 3 in testing as mass-production looms

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The Apple Watch will get a big update this year.
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The Apple Watch 3 has reached the final testing stage of its development process, and is now ready to enter volume production, a new report claims.

The device is reportedly being assembled by Quanta Computer, which has also manufactured previous Apple Watches for Apple.

Unlike the iPhone 8, which is likely to be the biggest refresh for Apple’s cellphones since 2014’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the Apple Watch 3 won’t differ greatly from its predecessors in terms of design. Where it will differ is in the addition of LTE connectivity, allowing users to stream music and carry out other tasks without needing to have their iPhones with them.

However, it’s not yet clear whether this will also let users make phone calls without their iPhones.

Today’s report, which cites sources in Apple’s supply chain, also notes that the new Apple Watch will come with enhanced battery life. It is likely that it will debut next month with the next-gen iPhones, and will be available to buy in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Apple recently fell to third place in the overall wearables market worldwide. Do you think an LTE Apple Watch could help put it on top of the heap? Leave your comments below.

Source: Digitimes

  • Initially I wasn’t excited about LTE at all. However, after hearing that you won’t be able to make calls through it, it seems more reasonable. I would gladly pay a small monthly amount to be connected and receive notifications without my phone being around. With that said, I am really curious if any progress has been made as to battery life. I consistently get 2 days on a charge. It would be great if that could be doubled or at least 5 days…only time will tell (pun intended)