Next generation Apple Watch likely to focus even more on health and fitness

Apple will push its next generation smartwatch — likely dubbed Apple Watch Series 3 — even more as a device for boosting health and fitness. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that personal trainer Ben Lucas, a former professional rugby player, has been invited to meet with reps from the tech giant at a Hollywood-based educational session next week.

“It’s the launch of what they’re going to be doing in the near future,” Lucas told Fairfax Media, which owns The Sydney Morning Herald. “It’s got to do with how the watch will sync with gym equipment and your vital stats like heart rate and calorie output.”

In addition to a faster processor and longer battery life, cellular connectivity has been a rumored addition to the Apple Watch. SIG analyst Christopher Rolland believes LTE capabilities could be included in Series 3 models. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also said LTE could be added as early as 2017

With a cellular connection, Apple Watch owners would not need a paired iPhone nearby to do things like make phone calls or stream Apple Music content, but a separate data plan from a carrier would likely be needed. Also, instead of using a touch-on-lens screen, the Series 3 could offer a glass-film touchscreen.