Apple to launch watches that can make calls

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The report also warns that the LTE-enabled version of the Apple Watch may not ship this year...

Intel Corp will supply the LTE modems for the new watch, according to Bloomberg. AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile plan to sell the cellular Apple Watch (which may leave out Sprint) however.

Apple Watch now requires the iPhone for sending and receiving messages, making phone calls, and syncing music for offline playback. However, we've previously heard that Apple was working on a cellular version of the watch, but has had to delay the new model due to battery life concerns. Apple is reportedly striking deals with wireless carriers in Europe and the USA, including support from multiple carriers such as AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile.

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There was no mention of any wrist-based phone call functionality, à la Dick Tracy, so that type of phone-watch separation might still be left in the realm of comic books - but better cellular connectivity is at least a step in that direction. How can a watch have a different form factor, unless, of course, Apple decides to adopt round watch faces?

Price: At $369 for the 38mm Series 2 model, the Apple Watch is already one of the most expensive smartwatches on the market, although that hasn't prevented the device from becoming one of the best-selling wearables around (ranked just behind budget-conscious Xiaomi and Fitbit).

The new device could still be delayed beyond 2017 - indeed, the company had already postponed a cellular-capable smartwatch previous year.

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