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LTE Apple Watch Might Not Be Able To Make Calls, No Android Support

Tyler Lee August 16, 2017

Apple’s walled garden approach usually means that third-party support isn’t quite as available compared to other companies, and if you were hoping that this year would be the year that Apple finally introduces support for Android devices for the Apple Watch, then prepare to be disappointed because it does not look like that is the case.

According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, it seems that Android users should not expect Apple to support Android with the Apple Watch this year. Kuo claims the difficulty in creating a good experience between Android and watchOS, which is why Apple could be holding off from releasing support for Android devices this year, although right now it is unclear if and when Android support will ever arrive.

Kuo also states that the Apple Watch with LTE will rely on an eSIM, which is in line with what we’ve heard previously, and it shouldn’t be surprising given that eSIMs are smaller than a regular SIM card, plus Apple has done it already with the iPad in the past, so this move is kind of expected.

However Kuo disagrees with rumors suggesting that the LTE Apple Watch could support voice calls. He claims that Apple wants to improve on the data transmission of the Apple Watch for a better user experience before enabling the feature. In any case take it with a grain of salt, but the new Apple Watch is expected to be announced next month alongside the new iPhone 8, so check back with us then for the details.

LTE Apple Watch Might Not Be Able To Make Calls, No Android Support , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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News: Cellular Apple Watch said to be launching alongside iPhone 8 in September

Dan Pye August 15, 2017

Backing previous rumors about a cellular Apple Watch, CNBC is reporting that the device will arrive in September alongside three new iPhones. A source with knowledge of the development said the new Apple Watch with an embedded SIM will launch at the same time as the full version of watchOS 4, delivering new music features and Siri-based watchface capabilities that will directly benefit from being able to operate untehtered to an iPhone. Well-connected…

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News: Apple releases developer betas for iOS 11, tvOS 11 + watchOS 4; public betas for iOS 11, tvOS 11

Dan Pye August 15, 2017

Apple has released a sixth series of developer betas for iOS 11, tvOS 11, and watchOS 4, adding new icons for Maps and the App Store as well as addressing a number of issues in the prior developer previews and moving all three of the operating systems closer to their expected release this fall. Public betas were made available for iOS 11 and tvOS 11 too, breaking with the usual process of waiting a few days after the developer release to roll them…

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CNBC Report ‘Confirms’ LTE Apple Watch In The Works

Tyler Lee August 15, 2017

So far for every Apple Watch that has been released to date, Apple has made it so that it relies pretty much 100% on the iPhone for connectivity, which isn’t a bad thing if you own an iPhone, but troublesome if you don’t. However many rumors have since surfaced suggesting that the third iteration could finally bring about cellular connectivity.

In a new report from CNBC (via 9to5Mac), it seems that the news outlet has “confirmed” that the third-generation Apple Watch will indeed sport LTE connectivity, thus corroborating claims made by Bloomberg and KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The report claims that the Apple Watch Series 3 is expected to go on sale in September which is also when Apple is expected to announce its new iPhones.

The Apple Watch Series 3 will allow users to make phone calls, stream music, and more independent of the iPhone, and is also expected to sport an embedded SIM card similar to what we’ve seen Apple done with the cellular iPads in the past. The report did not state whether or not it will be LTE-only or if there will be 3G support as well.

The earlier report by Kuo suggested that due to certain technical restrictions, it will only support LTE which means that there might be some markets that do not have widespread LTE coverage that won’t be getting the cellular option.

CNBC Report ‘Confirms’ LTE Apple Watch In The Works , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Apple Watch Series 3 Will Not Sport New Form Factor

Tyler Lee August 14, 2017

The Apple Watch has kept to the same design ever since it was released, and while it’s not the hyped up design that was rumored about, it’s not terrible either, although we guess we wouldn’t mind seeing some variety. It was initially thought that Apple would address that with the Apple Watch Series 3, but apparently that is no longer the case.

According to a note to investors obtained by the folks at AppleInsider, the notoriously-accurate analyst of KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo has stated that the Apple Watch Series 3 will not be sporting a new form factor. Instead the Apple Watch Series 3 will sport pretty much all of the same design features as the previous generations, with the main difference being that it is expected to now support cellular connectivity.

This is in line with what we have been hearing, except that in this case, Kuo states that due to technological and commercial limitations, there will be some restrictions for cellular connectivity and that the Apple Watch Series 3 will only support LTE in specific countries and markets. This means that 3G connectivity will not be offered, so if your area or market isn’t blanketed by LTE, then there’s a good chance the LTE model might not be made available in your market, or you could face some limitations when using it.

Kuo also estimates that with the new LTE models being introduced, it could spur additional sales of the Apple Watch that could reach anywhere between 8-9 million units in the second half of 2017.

Apple Watch Series 3 Will Not Sport New Form Factor , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Apple May Bring Apple Watch To Aetna’s 23 Million Customers

Adnan Farooqui August 14, 2017


Aetna, one of the leading insurers in the United States covering 23 million people, has reportedly been holding secret discussions with Apple to bring the company’s health and fitness tracking-focused Apple Watch smartwatch to its customers. Aetna already offers the Apple Watch to its 50,000 employees as part of its corporate wellness program.

Citing three people familiar with the matter, CNBC reports that Aetna is now negotiating with Apple on a plan that will offer a free or discounted Apple Watch as an incentive to those who are insured by it.

The meetings between Aetna and Apple are said to have been invitation-only. They reportedly took place in Southern California last week. Those in attendance included executives from both companies aside from hospital chief medical information officers.

The discussions are said to be led by Apple’s Myoung Cha who has the “special projects, health” job designation at the company. Aetna is reportedly pushing for this deal as it wants to increase customer interest in healthier lifestyles and better diet tracking.

Apple Watch is already one of the best-selling smartwatches on the market. If this deal does happen, it’s going to bring about a major surge in Apple Watch sales as Aetna will actively begin offering the wearable device as an incentive to its over 23 million customers across the country.

Apple and Aetna have not officially commented on this report as yet.

Apple May Bring Apple Watch To Aetna’s 23 Million Customers , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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News: Fifth beta of iOS 11 hints at German Apple Pay rollout

Jesse Hollington August 11, 2017

New details found in iOS 11 and watchOS 4 suggest that the launch of Apple Pay in Germany may be coming sooner than expected. While Apple’s website hinted at a German launch last fall, more recent reports from last spring have suggested that negotiations have moved more slowly than expected. However, iOS developer Philipp Ebener told MacRumors that the fifth regional betas of iOS 11 and watchOS 4 now include the option to add German bank cards…

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Coach Adds Six New Apple Watch Bands To Its Lineup

Tyler Lee August 7, 2017

The Apple Watch is marketed by Apple as being a fitness device and also a fashion accessory, which is why we have seen Apple collaborate with sporting wear companies such as Nike, as well as fashion labels such as Hermes and Coach, and with the bands being swappable, we guess it lets users choose what look they want, when they want.

Now if you’re after something a bit more towards the fashion side of things, you might be interested to learn that Coach has updated its lineup of Apple Watch bands with six new models. As spotted by Haute Criture, these new Apple Watch bands include a Leather Strap with Tea Rose Appliqué in Black Multi and the Printed Leather Strap in Chalk Multi, Melon Multi, and Black Multi.

There are also new color options which includes the Rexy Leather Strap in Goldenrod and a Snake Strap in Bordeaux. The bands themselves do not come cheap with the cheapest being priced starting at $150, but then again this is Coach we are talking about so we guess no surprises there, so whether or not you think that these prices are worth paying for is up to you.

There are alternatives out there for those looking for something a bit more stylish but also cheaper, such as the Apple Watch bands by TOMS which retail for at least a third of the price, but if you insist on Coach, then head on over to their website for the details.

Coach Adds Six New Apple Watch Bands To Its Lineup , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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News: Report: Cellular Apple Watch coming later this year

Dan Pye August 7, 2017

After last year’s speculation about a cellular Apple Watch didn’t come to fruition, a new Bloomberg report claims the device will be released later this year. Citing people familiar with the development, at least some new Apple Watches will come equipped with LTE chips and be able to perform tasks like downloading new songs or accessing apps without a tethered iPhone. Intel is said to be supplying the modems—not surprising since…

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