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Currently, an Apple Watch needs to be wirelessly connected to the handset to carry out functions that require cellular connectivity.
Independent analysis from IDC showed Apple Watch shipments fell 71 percent year-on-year in the third quarter of 2016 to 1.1 million units.
Apple does not release official sales figures for the Apple Watch.
Last year, Cook touted health care is an “enormous” opportunity for Apple and the Watch would play a key part.
In early December, Cook said in an email to Reuters that the Apple Watch was on for its best quarter ever in terms of sales.
Apple just patented a way to free the Apple Watch from the iPhone
The wearable device at the heart of the patent is obviously the Apple Watch, and those modular functional band links will build more functionality into the Apple Watch band.
Apple’s latest Apple Watch patent is the one that could make it a fully functional stand-alone device.
Apple was just granted a patent for “modular functional band links” for a wearable device by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, AppleInsider first noticed.
Putting sensors into watch bands instead, which are easily interchangeable and wouldn’t affect the watch itself, would make much more sense for the company.
“The electronic components included in the modular functional band links may be any kind of electronic component associated with any kind of functionality,” Apple said in its patent filing.
Apple Watch is getting a Theater Mode in next update
Apple is planning on adding a new Theater Mode to the Apple Watch in the upcoming watchOS 3.2 update.
For reference, the latest watchOS update was version 3.1.3, released earlier this week as a minor security update.
Also being added in watchOS 3.2 is SiriKit, which will work similarly to how it already does on the iPhone.
Developers will be able to make services in their applications accessible through Siri — for example, hailing an Uber or sending a WhatsApp message — but directly using an Apple Watch, instead of having to use an iPhone.
There’s still no release date for when watchOS 3.2 will roll out to either developers in beta or as a final version for general users.