The Apple Watch 2 will not need to be paired with an iPhone in order to work. That’s according to anonymous sources speaking with the Wall Street Journal (WSJ).
Word is that the updated smartwatch will come loaded with access to mobile data networks so it can run as a standalone device. That means you could pick one up on a separate contract to an iPhone and still receive notifications from your smartphone even when it’s not in your pocket or bag.
Apple has refused to comment on the report. However, with the recently revealed plans to make all Apple Watch apps native to the device, rather than running remotely from a paired iPhone, the story is likely to hold water.
There is no firm timetable for the launch of the Apple Watch 2. It’s exactly a year since the first model was released, six months after it was unveiled alongside the iPhone 6.
Apple may make some hints about the updated watch at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), which starts on June 13th. Failing that, the most likely launch date for the device would be in September, when the iPhone 7 is also expected to make its debut.
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