Apple Watch Series 3 is now official: now more powerful and LTE-ready


Smartwatches never really became "the next big thing" after smartphones, but Apple has been one of the few companies out there that have succeeded in selling these wearables.

Today, the US tech giant took the wraps off its brand new smartwatch: Apple Watch Series 3. The latest iteration of the intelligent timepiece looks very much like its predecessors but is more refined and feature-packed than ever. Let's see what makes it stand out. 

Finally phone-free thanks to LTE



Up till now, Apple Watch devices had to rely on a paired iPhone to get connected to the rest of the world. With the Apple Watch Series 3, this is all about to change. The display of the new timepiece doubles down as an LTE antenna which enables cellular connectivity. 

What does this mean? Well, you'll be able to take calls right on your smartwatch for starters. Also, Watch apps can work in an entirely new way, as users can stream music, receive notifications, and track their workouts without the need for a smartphone. Obviously, those of us who do outdoor activities such as running, swimming, and biking will find the LTE-enabled Series 3 really useful, but overall, it's really neat that this new functionality can allow us to leave our phones at home every once in awhile.

A powerful new processor


Under the hood, there is a new dual-core W2 processor that's up to 70% faster compared to the one powering the Apple Watch Series 2. This opens up a whole new horizon of possibilities for app developers, so we're really excited to see where things will go after Series 3 hits the shelves. 

WatchOS 4 new features



There are a bunch of new features coming with watchOS 4. Chief among these is a bevy of new watch faces, the most intriguing of which is built around Siri. Just like iOS, the Siri watch face uses machine learning based on your routines and apps you use and when you use them in order to present the relevant information right there at your wrist. 

A host of new improvements is also coming to the Activity app. Activity's notifications on watchOS 4 will be more personalized to you, your activity history and goals, trying its best to motivate and keep you on the winning streak. One can even switch between the tracking of different sports by simply swiping over the activity app's home screen - great if you're into triathlons.

Aside from that, watchOS 4 will introduce an improved Music app. It will automatically import new Apple Music playlists, with multiple playlists also being supported. There's a redesigned album art window that looks slick with redesigned album art in tow. Finally, there's an overhauled app dock which will let you scramble throw your apps by simply rotating the dial on the side.

Price and release date



There won't be any dramatic price increases with the latest generation of the Apple Watch. It's important to note that Apple will sell these in two variants - an LTE version that will retail at $399 upon release, and a non-cellular one that will go for $329. 

Also, you won't be able to get cellular connectivity just about anywhere, so please refer to the above image to find out which countries and carriers support it.

The Apple Watch Series 3 release date is set for Friday, September 22nd, while pre-orders will go live on September 15th.

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29 Comments

1. black.inco unregistered

Love some of the new features mentioned. Would have preferred a circular design though.

2. scarface21173

Posts: 687; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Yeah should of been circular, maybe next year.

9. thxultra

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

About time they got LTE. Watch is useless to me without LTE. Find it funny they made such a big deal out of it Samsung has had this since the s2.

3. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

What's up with them sticking to the same design for 3 years in a row!

5. urbanrunner

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 07, 2017

if it isn't broken don't fix it. They will change when money coming in slows down. like their upcoming iphone x or whatever.

14. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

No one is saying it's broken, but 3 years with the exact same design with no improvements in design what so ever is beyond absurd imo.

15. Feanor

Posts: 1365; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

It was broken already from the beginning. It's one of the ugliest smartwatches. The reason why it's popular is only the Apple logo on it. If this same design came from any other brand people would go pfui! It's the instant Apple beautification effect.

11. hateftotti

Posts: 228; Member since: May 03, 2011

The same everything indeed !!!

13. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

It's a watch, not a phone bro. You don't update watches like that dude. They could go up to 5 year and keep it the same. Redesign would actually upset people at this point when it comes to bands.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Weak ass excuse. Just admit the damn obvious...they're stymied.

19. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

How many Rolexii look different from the original?

20. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I love how you say you're not a fanboy, yet you always defend like a blind one. Comparing a timeless classic watches to a smartwatch really makes lots of sense.

21. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Can I just point out that "timeless classic" pun about watches? Anyway, it's not like I have to defend anything... they're gonna sell millions regardless.

22. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

And who is arguing about that? We all know it will remain the top smartwatch in terms of sales till God knows when. If that's your argument, then there's no point in arguing with you.

23. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Who said it was an argument?

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I never mentioned sales, that doesn't matter to me, since I'd only buy one.

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly.

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Dude, this Watch needs a redesign bruh.

24. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

Well, at least we got a red crown and some new good colors but that aint something much. Still, the design isn't that stagnant.

4. urbanrunner

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 07, 2017

i'd like something a little more groundbreaking, but maybe they are saving the real "innovation" for their phones

6. YeahYeah

Posts: 250; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Sh*t.. same design for 3 years..

7. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2186; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I am thinking of getting this...! I think I am going to sell my Series 1. Anyone want a fair price?

8. Firenze91

Posts: 206; Member since: Nov 19, 2014

i love the wristband color though

10. PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

Considering the iPod and its iconic click-wheel you'd think Apple would have used a circular face this time. Oh well. At least it has LTE! Go me...

17. Macready

Posts: 1821; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

It's even more baffling considering how they often focus on circular watch faces and their circular main menu.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Same damn look for 3 years running...c'mon Apple.

18. apple-rulz

Posts: 2113; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

That's right darkidiot, Apple should change the look of the best selling smart watch ever, just, well, just because! Now use your Note 8 to call Porsche and tell them to radically redesign the 911 to help boost sales!! Freaking clown, STFU and get out of here!

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Put me out bia. You lil mad, or big mad?

29. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I want the iPhone X, Thant Bankz got. The one with, FPS under the screen, and 512 gigs of storage.

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