Answer: access to cellular networks
That’s right, the Apple Watch is reportedly getting an overhaul.
According to a Bloomberg Technology report, this overhaul will allow the Apple Watch to connect directly to wireless networks without the need for an iPhone. As it stands, the popular wearable device requires a wireless connection to a user’s iPhone for music, maps, etc., but the company is reportedly planning to, by the end of 2017, equip some of the new models with LTE chips that would cut the proverbial cord. Bloomberg reports that the LTE modems will be supplied by Intel Corp.