Will the new Apple Watch finally make smartwatches a mainstream thing?

Will the new Apple Watch finally make smartwatches a mainstream thing?

Apple's next generation Apple Watch is in the final test phase before mass production, according to a Chinese-language report from UDN. This lines up with rumors saying Apple will unveil at least two new devices this fall: the much-anticipated iPhone 8 and the Apple Watch Series 3.

The good news is that, there is word on the street that all major U.S. carriers will support the LTE Apple Watch, which in all likelihood will use Qualcomm modems over Intel's despite the ongoing legal tussle between Apple and Qualcomm.

Apple became the biggest wearable vendor this May thanks to a recent surge in Apple Watch sales.

However, a number of pundits are expecting it to add a major new feature in LTE connectivity as the device looks to move beyond early adopters and start wooing more casual consumers.

Apple is expected to introduce a refreshed Apple Watch lineup later this fall, alongside three brand new iPhone models.

Digitimes sources in the supply chain for the Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) Watch say that 4.5M units should ship in Q4, bringing the 2017 total up to 15M units.

While the Apple Watch 3 has previously been reported to feature LTE connectivity, the smartwatch is likely not to feature support for direct phone calls, according to often correct KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

The Apple Watch 3 is still on course for a late-2017 launch, if the latest supply chain rumours are to be believed. But Kuo did confirm that the watch could come with VoIP services such as FaceTime and Skype.

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