The updated Apple Watch 2 will not be able to connect to mobile phone networks, despite Apple's efforts to add the feature to its next–generation smartwatch.
The news will come as a blow to those hoping to snap up the new watch and use it as a standalone product. As it stands, the Apple Watch 2 will have to be connected to an iPhone in order to be fully functional.
Apple has long been looking at cutting the Apple's Watch's umbilical chord to the iPhone. It even held talks with networks to make it happen, according to anonymous insiders cited in a Bloomberg report.
However, the tech giant was unable to add a mobile chip without massively compromising the watch’s already disappointing battery life, said the sources.
But seemingly undaunted by that setback, it seems Apple will launch the second version of its smartwatch later this year.
The device will come with improved GPS tracking tech for recording walking and running, making it a better bet for fitness fanatics.
Apple has already revealed plans to make health and fitness the focus of its new watchOS software.
But the fact that the new watch won’t be able to work without pairing it to an iPhone means sales of the Apple Watch are likely to sluggish.