Apple today announced the third-generation upgrade to its smartwatch with the launch of the Apple Watch Series 3. As leaked multiple times in the past, the new wearable comes with LTE support allowing you text, call and stream music without pairing an iPhone. In addition to that, the Watch Series 3 features a new dual-core processor and a new chip called W2 for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
In terms of design and aesthetic, though, the changes have been kept quite minimal. There’s a red dot on the digital crown which I’m guessing implies it comes with cellular connectivity. More importantly, Apple has added a dedicated altimeter so that the watch can determine altitudes and elevation for activities such as running. Furthermore, the company mentions that they’ve managed to integrate the antenna for LTE and UMTS inside the display itself and utilizes an electronic SIM which reduces the watch’s size significantly as compared to other LTE-capable wearables
Surprisingly, you won’t be required to buy another number for the watch. Under the data plans which are yet to be announced, your number will remain the same as your iPhone — iMessages, etc. Apple is promising an all-day battery, however, we all know how that will go in real world tests. Of course, like before, the watch is swim-proof and comes with a GPS chip as well.
Apple Watch Series 3 comes in a wide variety of cases and bands including a new space gray shade, sports loop band, and new Nike Plus models. It will be available in two variants – a regular one that costs $329 and a cellular one which will retail at $399. You will be able to order the new Watch Series 3 starting from September 15th, sales for which commence from September 22nd.