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Analyst predicts LTE for Apple Watch Series 3, ‘hybrid’ Lightning-USB-C port for iPhones & more



Apple is expected to bring some revolutionary changes to the upcoming iPhone or at least the iPhone 8. We have been hearing a lot about these new iPhones and most of the rumors and leaks are pointing towards an iPhone(s) with some hardware level changes. Speaking of changes, analysts are now coming up with their predictions, and if their word is something to go by, then we can look forward to a lot of welcoming changes with Apple Devices in future.

Christopher Rolland, an analyst at Susquehanna Financial Group, has now opened up about his learnings from the various suppliers and tech companies in Asia. According to him, one of the many new things to follow in future from Apple is apparently the LTE enabled Apple Watches. Rolland heard from a couple of involved parties that upcoming Apple Watch Series would have a SIM card and it will support LTE. Now having LTE on the Apple Watch which already falls short on the battery may sound like a bad idea after all. However, it looks like the company considering a low-power CAT-M1 chip for LTE connectivity along with the plans of VOIP technology to save some juice.

Apart from the Apple Watch, Rolland also had some new things to point out about the upcoming iPhones. According to him, all the three upcoming iPhones i.e. the iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus and the iPhone 8 will support wireless inductive charging. It looks like Pegatron and Foxconn are manufacturing the transmitting pads for the same. While this also seems like a great idea, to begin with, it is also mentioned that the charging efficiency of this method may be very poor and it may take as long as three good hours to completely juice them up.

And finally to top things off, Rolland also talked about some kind of a hybrid solution for charging. Yes, this hybrid solution is said to be a combination of USB-C and Lightning. But sadly this it looks like we will not be seeing this until next year. However, this might be one of the best decision that we will ever see since most of the new Macbooks are also coming only with USB Type-C ports. This would allow us to go dongle free for at least connecting our smartphones.

Having said that, none of this is confirmed directly and is just some predictions based on word from suppliers. But all the idea mentioned above seems to make a lot of sense and we would love to see Apple implementing all that. Meanwhile, be sure to let us know what do you think about it? Would you be interested in buying an Apple Watch with LTE connectivity? Let us know your thoughts by dropping a comment down below and also be sure to stay tuned to PhoneRadar for more info on this.


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