Apple to launch watches that can make calls: Bloomberg

Apple Inc. plans to release a version of its smartwatch later this year that can connect directly to cellular networks, Bloomberg said Friday, citing people familiar with the issue.

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

Currently, Apple Watch must be connected to an iPhone to send messages, get directions from maps and broadcast music.

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

The iPhone maker is already in congress with operators in the US and Europe to propose the cellular version of Apple Watch, said the report.

Intel refused to comment, while Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comments.

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