Apple Watch 2 Battery Problems Prevent LTE Connectivity

...

In this informative webinar on August 30th you will hear security experts discuss practical ways t

Apple will debut a new Apple Watch this fall, but the so-called Apple Watch 2 won't include the cellular connectivity so many want, according to a published report in Bloomberg.

Android Wear smartwatches are primed to break free of their smartphone shackles, but the same is not yet true of the upcoming Apple Watch 2, which is slated for release later this year.

Apple's engineers haven't been able to solve battery drain problems associated with cellular connectivity, which has forced the company to save the feature for models further down the road, according to a published report.

Cupertino has a second-generation Apple Watch on deck for later this year, possibly as soon as September, and it will have some new features, reports Bloomberg. According to unnamed sources the device will include improved health-tracking features, and GPS for more accurate location-based services.

People hoping for a fully wireless Apple Watch will have to keep on waiting, however, since Bloomberg says Apple has hit a bit of a roadblock.

"The source of the delay is that current cellular chips consume too much battery life, reducing the product's effectiveness and limiting user appeal," writes Bloomberg's Mark Gurman.

Battery life is one of the top complaints about the first-generation Apple Watch. Early buyers were disappointed that the watch barely made it through a single day. Cellular radios -- and LTE radios in particular -- are a big drain on batteries. Adding such a radio to a wearable, a form factor that mandates small power cells, is fraught with risk to battery life.

Apple has been in discussions with its carrier partners about a connected Apple Watch for some time, but had warned them that December would be the earliest launch for such a product. Now it appears everyone will have to wait until next year or later for a cellular-equipped Apple Watch.

Why the push for cellular connectivity? Independence from the iPhone.

The Apple Watch relies on a nearby iPhone for its internet connection. Without an iPhone, the Watch can't update sports scores, snag new emails, or load messages. Freeing the Watch from the iPhone would make it much more powerful and useful, and allow owners to leave their smartphone behind.

[Read more about Intel's problems with the Basis Peak smartwatch.]

Smartwatches based on Google's operating system have already made this jump.

The LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition includes LTE. It can make phone calls and send messages all on its own. Similarly, Samsung's Tizen-based Gear S2 can connect calls and sync messages without a smartphone. Cellular connectivity is expected to be more widely adopted by Android smartwatches this fall, now that Google has added the functionality to the core of the platform.

The Apple Watch may be outselling Google watches in the market, but cellular connectivity is a big feature for Apple's smartwatch to be missing.

The new device on deck for this fall will be improved across the board, according to Bloomberg. The health-focused features are of paramount importance to Apple, and the more precise location capabilities will improve tracking and navigation.

Apple is believed to be introducing the new Apple Watch the week of Sept. 5, alongside the iPhone 7, and maybe even new MacBook Pros.

Categories
APPLICATIONS
0 Comment

Leave a Reply

Captcha image


RELATED BY

  • 5300c769af79e

    Ecosystem Two-Dot-Oh

    That's why the AppExchange and the partner program that animates it are so important.Consequently, even though the Salesforce Partner program had been successful, it was up for some retooling.
  • 5300c769af79e

    YouTube App Refreshes Home Screen, Updated Recommendation System

    Beginning today, users on Android and iOS will be treated to an updated Home screen experience when opening the YouTube app.While the overall layout does not appear to be changing drastically, users should notice larger video thumbnails while looking through search tabs, and YouTube details that its recommendation system has received a boost in intelligence.
  • 5300c769af79e

    Amazon, Walmart Gear Up for Summer E-Commerce Throwdown

    It's summer, and Walmart and Amazon are celebrating by escalating their e-commerce competition.A shopping day for Amazon Prime members worldwide, it is billed as the biggest global Amazon event ever.
  • 5300c769af79e

    Hands On With the HTC U Ultra, U Play

    Sprinkle Samsung's adaptive audio over HTC's own powerful BoomSound speakers; pop LG's secondary display on top of HTC's well-loved Sense UI.We got some time with the U Ultra and U Play in advance of the phones' launch tonight, and they look good.