Apple plans new smartwatch to work even without iPhone
Apple plans to release the latest version of its smartwatch later this year, with new features that can connect directly to cellular networks, Bloomberg reported on Friday. 
The Bloomberg report continued to inform fans on details about selected models will be equipped with LTE chips and be able to perform many tasks without needing an iPhone to be in range.  
Currently, the Apple Watch needs to be connected to an iPhone to send messages, get directions from maps and stream music.
Apple Watch /Apple Photo

Apple Watch /Apple Photo

The phone is essentially the hub of Apple's portfolio of devices, connecting to wireless headphones, a watch and potentially a speaker at home.  
Intel will supply the LTE modems for the new watch, according to Bloomberg.
The iPhone maker is already speaking with wireless 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.
(With inputs from Reuters)