Comes in two models, one with GPS and cellular connectivity, and one with just GPS
Apple today introduced Apple Watch Series 3, adding built-in cellular. Whether users are out for a run, at the pool or just trying to be more active throughout their day, Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular connectivity allows them to stay connected, make calls, receive texts and more, even without iPhone nearby.
The third generation Apple Watch is a health and fitness companion with intelligent coaching features, water resistance 50 meters and a new barometric altimeter that measures relative elevation.
Apple Watch Series 3 comes in two models, one with GPS and cellular connectivity, and one with just GPS, both featuring a 70% faster dual-core processor and new wireless chip.
“We believe the addition of cellular connectivity will transform the way people use Apple Watch, providing a new sense of freedom since they can stay connected with or without their iPhone,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. “Apple Watch Series 3 combined with the power of watchOS 4 is the ultimate device for a healthy life.”
Soon, the combination of cellular connectivity and watchOS 4 will allow Apple Music users to stream 40 millions songs from the wrist. Beginning Friday 15 September, Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) will be available to order in 10 countries and territories, and Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS) will be available to order in 28 countries and territories. Both models are available in stores starting Friday 22 September.
Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) features a full 4G LTE and UMTS cellular radio that switches seamlessly to cellular when it is away from iPhone. The watch shares the same number as iPhone so there’s no need to provide an additional number to family, friends or colleagues; and to help get customers started, participating carriers are also offering special introductory cellular plans at launch. Customers have the ability to make cellular calls directly with Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) and, when paired with AirPods, enjoy a seamless and fully wireless experience.
Apple also pioneered an industry-first antenna design that uses the display itself as both a transmitting and receiving element for 4G LTE and UMTS, while introducing a built-in eSIM that is over one-hundredth the size of a traditional SIM card, making over-the-air activation possible without compromising space.
Powering Apple Watch Series 3 is the S3, Apple’s third generation architecture featuring a faster dual-core processor, which allows for quicker app launch times and smoother graphics, and, for the first time, enables Siri to speak using the built-in speaker. Apple designed a new custom wireless chip called W2, making Wi-Fi 85% faster and Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 50% more power efficient, while still providing all-day battery life and keeping the size virtually the same as before. Apple Watch Series 3 also features a barometric altimeter that assists with tracking activity, flights climbed and outdoor workouts, including elevation gain.
watchOS 4 features an updated Heart Rate app, giving even more insight to heart rate, including measurements during resting, workout, recovery, walking and Breathe sessions. Customers can also choose to receive a notification when their heart rate is elevated above a specific threshold while inactive. Other watchOS 4 features include the proactive Siri watch face that displays the information users need most throughout the day, an enhanced Workout app with new interface, custom High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workout type and auto-sets for pool swims. With GymKit, users will soon enjoy the ability to connect to their favourite cardio equipment and experience two-way synchronisation of data with just a tap, resulting in the most accurate information possible.3
Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) starts at £399 and Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS) starts at £329, both featuring new upgrades like a faster dual-core processor and wireless chip, along with a barometric altimeter. Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) also debuts a special red Digital Crown and exclusive Explorer watch face that shows cellular connectivity through a unique design. Series 1 will be available at a new starting price of £249, making it more affordable than ever.