A leaked version of the iOS 11 GM appears to have made its way to the folks at 9to5Mac. It has revealed a few previously unknown details like a bevy of new wallpapers. It also seems to have revealed the new LTE Apple Watch including a new watch face and Digital Crown.

It has been rumored for some time that a version of the Series 3 Apple Watch would include LTE, requiring no accompanying iPhone to receive data. What was still unknown, was whether the Series 3 model would receive a redesigned body to go along with it. Based on the leaked images inside of the iPhone’s Watch app, the only external changes will be a new colored accent to the Digital Crown.

Of course, we still don’t know the extent of these changes. For instance, what colors the Digital Crown will come in, or if it would be limited to the red. That seems unlikely, however.

It’s is also worth nothing how the signal strength in the center uses the dots that were used before iOS 11. This seems like an odd design choice when they just banished the dots from the iPhone to make room for the new cutout section of the iPhone 8.

We also see new complications for the phone and maps which also are seemingly indicators of LTE support.

There is also a screenshot of the Apple Watch Control Center that shows off the signal strength in the top left corner, as well as a cellular icon to toggle on/off.

While LTE will no doubt be a flagship feature of the new Apple Watch, it would be surprising if that was the only new addition. Looks like we have to wait until Tuesday to see for sure what the Series 3 will have in store for us.

According to additional features uncovered by 9to5Mac, LTE Apple Watch will indeed be able to make phone calls, send text messages, get calendar and mail updates, access apps using cellular data, all this independently from its paired iPhone. Carriers will also seemingly be able to offer plans at a promotional rate.

What do you guys think of this possible new Apple Watch? Do you like the color of the Digital Crown? Is LTE a compelling enough feature to warrant upgrading? As always, sound off in the comments below.

Other details revealed by the iOS 11 GM:

Source: 9to5Mac

  • Srinivasan Chinnelli

    I have the Apple Watch Series 1. It was one of my pet peeves that this watch could not perform most functions independently. Apple has addressed it with LTE support in LTE 3 which is going to be the best upgrade in the watch series.

  • Dao Sasone

    Da ? Is how will da bat last with lte

  • Ayo DocMkize

    I have the first generation Apple watch bought it in 2015 works like magic, recently bought the AirPods for road running with watch. I think if the next series can have LTE cellular connectivity even better so i can stream my music , Apple Music or Spotify cause currently the watch can only store 250 songs.

  • Cones1r

    I’m really looking forward to see what all the series 3 can do. I’ve been waiting until it could operate with it the need of carrying my phone around.

  • David Pomerleau

    Ugh I just want a thinner sleeker body. Don’t care much about LTE

    • quitcherbichinn

      I think the thickness of the phone is fine. What I’d like to see is the sensors on the back become flush with the watch instead of being humpbacked. That hump is what makes the watch look so fat when it is on.

  • cosbyc8

    Did anyone else notice the flashlight icon? The red on the digital crown looks like it glows. Maybe its an LED that changes color based on the second hand color And its also a flashlight

    • Lui

      Flashlight is in watchOS 4. If you turn it on, display can show full white or red at maximum brightness or blinking.

  • therealjjohnson

    So how much are people willing to pay for data for a watch? Anything more than $8 bucks or so I’ll pass.