Apple today introduced the third-generation Apple Watch called the Apple Watch Series 3. This version of the famous wearable from the Cupertino company brings not many new changes, but some welcome features.
For starters, there’s a model that ships with LTE connectivity compatibility. As rumors suggested in the past, the company is including an embedded SIM card in a specially-marked Apple Watch that will allow users to add their watch to their data plan. The display on the watch acts as the antenna. The watch will use your iPhone’s own phone number and will be capable of receiving all text messages and phone calls you get on your phone even if you leave home with just your watch.
To indicate which model has cellular connectivity, there’s a little red dot on the Digital Crown. Other than that, there’s literally no other design changes.
The new Apple Watch Series 3, thanks to its cellular connectivity, will also allow users to stream Apple Music, including all 40 million songs and Beats 1. Apple says the experience will be enhanced if you use AirPods.
Additionally, there’s a new dual core processor that’s up to 70 percent faster. Siri is even faster than before as well, and she talks now. There’s even a new W2 chip that’s more efficient for Wi-Fi connections and Bluetooth.
As for other features, Apple is optimizing the watch’s hear rate sensor so it tracks how fast your heartbeat goes throughout your day. It’ll also let you see your heart rate on your watch face. The Apple Watch can now also alert you if it notices your heart rate spike while you’re not active. These features are headed to all watch users and not just those who buy a Series 3.
The new Apple Watch Series 3 ships with watchOS 4, a new software update that will be shipping to all users on September 19th. It starts at $399 for LTE and $329 for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth only. It’ll work across all four major US carriers. There’s also a new black ceramic model, fresh bands, and new watch faces. It’ll launch on September 22nd.