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Apple Watch Series 3 to Have “All-New Form Factor”

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MacRumors reports today that Daring Fireball’s Jon Gruber has revealed that the third-generation Apple Watch will have an “all-new form factor.” Gruber made the comment in a post discussing Bloomberg’s report that Apple Watch Series 3 will have an LTE chip, saying of that news, “It’s hard to overstate just how big a deal this could be.”

This ties in with what Ming-Chi Kuo said prior to the launch of Apple Watch Series 2, when he predicted that Series 3 would feature a redesign for the Apple Watch.

The earlier Bloomberg report that Gruber referenced said that Apple was planning to introduce cellular connectivity to Apple Watch Series 3 in order to reduce how much the Apple Watch has to rely on its connection to an iPhone. The Bloomberg source says that with the new watch, you’ll be able to perform many tasks, such as downloading music and using apps, without having to have your smartphone with you.

Intel is said to be making the LTE modems for the Apple Watch Series 3, after trying for several years to get Apple to use more of its chips in its devices. Doubtless Intel is benefitting from Apple’s current dispute with Qualcomm, which currently supplies modems for most Apple devices. Intel also started supplying modems for some iPhone models in 2016.

Sources: Daring Fireball: Apple Watch Series 3 to Feature 'All-New Form Factor' [Updated]

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Such a redesign of the Apple Watch could require a separate version of watchOS if the screen on the series 3 Apple Watch is a different shape, such as square or round. Changing the design of the case would also mean that it would require a whole separate series of straps and bracelets. That's not the way to keep existing watch owners, who are considering an update, happy.
 
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