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UPDATE 1-Apple to launch watches that can make calls – Bloomberg

(Adds Intel response)

Aug 4 (Reuters) – Apple Inc plans to release a
version of its smartwatch later this year that can connect
directly to cellular networks, Bloomberg reported on Friday,
citing people familiar with the matter.

Some of the new models for the Apple Watch will be equipped
with LTE chips and be able to perform many tasks without needing
an iPhone to be in range, the Bloomberg report said.

Currently, the Apple Watch needs to be connected to an
iPhone to send messages, get directions from maps and stream

Intel Corp will supply the LTE modems for the new
watch, according to Bloomberg.

The iPhone maker is already in talks with carriers in the
United States and Europe about offering the cellular version of
the Apple Watch, the report said.

Intel declined to comment, while Apple did not immediately
respond to a request for comment.
(Reporting by Aishwarya Venugopal in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju

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