Even if you own the full LTE version of the Apple Watch 3 or Apple Watch 4, neither of these devices work entirely without an iPhone, but a new hint in the watchOS 6 beta suggests we may be getting close to that reality.
According to VentureBeat's Jeremy Horwitz (opens in new tab), the latest watchOS 6 developer beta - which was released earlier this week - will download over-the-air updates directly to the Apple Watch for the first time.
Previously, Apple has used your iPhone to download the software within the Apple Watch app and then pushed it to your wearable over Bluetooth. Now watchOS 6 will seemingly download it directly, if you have a smartwatch that is connected to Wi-Fi.
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If you're after an untethered Apple Watch experience, don't rejoice yet. In this process, you'll still have to use your iPhone to accept the terms and conditions of the update.
Sure seems like the stage is being set for direct-to-Apple Watch software updates in watchOS 6, though it hasn’t been fully freed quite yet from the need to approve things on the iPhone. pic.twitter.com/pf3wBC3vU5June 17, 2019
That's weirdly backwards, but remember this is just the beta for developers, so this may change by the time watchOS 6 rolls out.
This cord cutting between your Apple Watch and iPhone is another step toward a fully useful device away from your handset, which will also be helped by the addition of a dedicated Apple Watch App Store coming in the next update.