Apple's next watch may still be tethered to an iPhoneThe next-generation Apple Watch was supposed to include cellular connectivity, but the feature was reportedly scrapped due to battery life issues.
ANother report says the next Apple Watch will still need an iPhone to work. According to Bloomberg sources, Apple's next Apple Watch will not include cellular connectivity. Why not? The report says the problem lies in the cell chips themselves. They just eat up too much battery life. The next Apple Watches expected later this year will reportedly include GPS and better health tracking. These points are in line with previous predictions made by KGI Securities analyst [INAUDIBLE] earlier in August. However, the Bloomberg Report adds some more details. Apple's goal is to untether the Apple Watch from its iPhone. And the company planned to accomplish this by the end of 2016. That window seems to have moved to 2017. Also Apple is been under pressure by wireless carriers to introduce a cellular enabled Apple Watch. Apple is been in talks with mobile carriers in the US and Europe to support the Apple Watch. So what were the data plan for a watch look like? If I have to guess, the plan would likely look like the wireless plans for iPad. In the U.S. one gigabyte of data cost about 20$ on the two biggest wireless carriers. Apple's rumoured to hold an event on September 7th. Maybe we'll find out on that day, or not. That's it for this tech news update. I'm Maya Zactar and you can stay on top of the biggest stories at cnet.com/update.