We had already heard that Apple was working on a version of the new Apple Watch that won’t need to stay connected to an iPhone, but it now looks like that model will only be one of two coming out of Cupertino’s labs.
According to reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities (whose note we first saw via The Verge), Apple will bring two new — and, apparently, slightly redesigned — models to the market, one with LTE and one without.
The LTE-enabled Watch will reportedly lack support for 3G connectivity. That could mean the markets in which it will be released may be fewer than the iPhone-reliant model. Both models are still said to come in 38mm and 42mm sizes.
According to Bloomberg’s original report, all four major US carriers (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile) will support the LTE Apple Watch, but there’s no word on UK availability or carrier support just yet.
In terms of numbers, 9to5Mac reports, KGI’s prediction is that Apple will ship around 18 million units of the new Watch, although no more than 40% of those will be LTE Watches.
The new Apple Watch will likely be announced alongside the new iPhones at Apple’s usual event some time in the coming months, Ming-Chi Kuo’s note says.