Apple's next premium smartwatch will integrated LTE mobile connectivity to keep you informed on the go.
What is the Apple Watch Series 3?
Apple was relatively late to the smart watch game, and to date it has put its watch ambitions on a slow burn, releasing just two generations of Apple Watches so far at a much slower pace than its more regular iPhone releases. It has offered up new ranges of coloured bands in a variety of materials and styles, but it's been a while since we've seen a "new" Apple Watch.
Apple announced the 3rd generation of its Apple Watch at its "Meet at our place" event, leading with the introduction of a cellular antenna for making phone calls and sending text messages directly from the watch without needing a connection to an iPhone. You'll also be able to receive notifications directly on the watch, even if you leave your iPhone at home.
Unlike competing watches with integrated cellular connections, this won't involve forwarding your number to a secondary SIM number, but instead will use an integrated eSIM with a single phone number shared between your iPhone and Apple Watch Series 3 device.
In Australia, the mobile service will be provided by Telstra and Optus at launch, with Vodafone to offer the Apple Watch Series 3 at a later date. So far, no carrier has indicated pricing for eSIM services or Apple Watch Series 3 data. They may adopt separate plans for wearables, or possibly use the single number service with a set data pool shared between your mobile and wearable devices.
Support for 4G LTE data is another of Apple Watch Series 3's prominent features. For exercise junkies, this lets you stream the 40 million songs from Apple Music directly while you're working out without needing to lug your iPhone to the gym. Other apps will be able to take advantage of inbuilt data as well.
Taking the exercise push even further, Apple Watch Series 3 also comes with a built-in GPS that records the speed, distance and elevation of your runs and hikes, with the ability to see a detailed breakdown of your route on your iPhone when you get home.
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How powerful is Apple Watch Series 3?
Apple Watch Series 3 uses Apple's S3 architecture, with a faster dual-core processor than the previous generation of Apple Watch. This increased power allows for quicker launching of apps as well as giving Siri the ability to speak through the watch's built-in speaker.
A new custom-designed wireless chip dubbed the W2 boosts Apple Watch Series 3's Wi-Fi capabilities, too, delivering 85% faster performance over Apple Watch 2 as well as 50% more power efficiency for both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
How will I charge the Apple Watch 3?
Like the existing Apple Watch, Apple Watch 3 incorporates wireless charging and sports all-day battery life.
This is based on the Qi standard, and while a charger will be provided in the Apple Watch Series 3 box, Apple is also developing its own "AirPower" charger, set to launch in 2018 and compatible with a range of Apple devices, including the Apple Watch Series 3.
Will the Apple Watch 3 be water resistant?
The Apple Watch Series 2 differentiated itself from the first generation through the introduction of water resistance, with a particularly neat feature that fires off the speakers after a swim to forcibly eject any moisture that may still be present within the Watch body itself. Apple Watch Series 3 retains this feature, boasting water resistance up to 50 metres.
When will the Apple Watch 3 be available in Australia?
Apple Watch Series 3 pre-orders open on 15 September 2017, and the watch will be available for purchase on 22 September 2017.
How much will the Apple Watch 3 cost?
The cellular model of Apple Watch Series 3 retails with prices starting at $559, while the non-cellular version is available with pricing starting at $459.
Pricing of your Apple Watch Series 3 model very much depends on your band choice, with the prices quoted being entry-level pricing. As an example, the more costly Space Black Milanese Loop model costs a considerable $1,119 for the 42mm version of the Apple Watch Series 3.
Additionally, the original Apple Watch Series 1 is now available with pricing starting at a cheaper $359.
Like the previous Apple Watch, Apple Watch Series 3 comes in limited-edition colour variants, with grey and white ceramic models starting at $1829. The branded Nike+ version of the Apple Watch will also be available starting at $459, while the Apple Watch Hermès will start at $1619.
Apple Watch 3 Specifications
- Product Name
- Apple Watch Series 3
- Display Size
- Up to 42.5mm x 36.4mm
- W2 chip
- Operating System
- WatchOS 4
- 18 hours of battery life, wireless charging
- 42.5mm x 36.4mm x 11.4mm
- $559 for cellular model, $459 for non-cellular model
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