Apple to launch watches that can make calls without being tethered to iPhone

Apple is planning to release a version of its watch later this year that can connect directly to cellular networks, reports Bloomberg.

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

Currently, the Apple Watch needs to be connected to an iPhone to send messages, get directions from maps and stream music.

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

Apple is already in talks with carriers in Europe and US about offering the cellular version of watch, the report said.