Apple Watch Series 3 requires an iPhone 6 or later for setup; battery gets 1 hour of talk time

Apple Watch Series 3 requires an iPhone 6 or later for setup; battery gets 1 hour of talk time
Apple announced yesterday that unlike previous versions of the Apple Watch, the new Series 3 model does not need to be paired to a nearby iPhone for internet access, or to make/take phone calls. But it still requires an iPhone to configure the timepiece. And while the Series 1 Apple Watch can still use the Apple iPhone 5s and up to communicate with and to set up the device, the new Series 3 watch requires an Apple iPhone 6 or higher for the configuration and set up of the timepiece. The phone must have iOS 11, or higher, installed.

This means that if you are moving up from a Series 1 Apple Watch to a Series 3 model, you are going to need to get your hands on an iPhone 6 or higher in order to set up your new watch. That iPhone 5s you've been using will no longer cut it. You should note that this is true regardless of whether you own the cellular enabled version of the Apple Watch Series 3, or the non-cellular Series 3 model.

While that might not be earth shattering news for many, this news might be. The battery inside the Apple Watch Series 3 will provide only one hour of talk time when connected to LTE, according to Apple. If the phone is paired with an iPhone 6 or higher, talk time triples to 3 hours. Overall, Apple says that the Series 3 Watch will last 18 hours with mixed usage.

The Apple Watch Series 3 can be pre-ordered starting this Friday, September 15th. The product will be released on September 22nd.


source: Apple via CNBC

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32 Comments

1. Xilam unregistered

Can you use an iPad instead?

11. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1821; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

This is where the Gear S3 shines and I will continue to use it over the apple watch any day. I connect to LTE with it and it last a whole 2 days with taking calls and sending texts...

13. Xilam unregistered

I don't think I was clear about my question. It says here that you need iPhone 6 or newer device to set up the new A-Watch LTE. Can I use my new iPad if my iPhone is older? PS I don't have either one - just hypothetical question.

17. thxultra

Posts: 456; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Which watch face are you using that you are getting 2 days out of your S3? I have a S3 and the battery lasts a day on LTE and that isn't talking on it too much. Really like my S3 but wish the battery lasted a bit longer on LTE. I am pushing it to get a full day on LTE. Still getting more then a hour of talk time on lte though. Wonder how long the apple watch can stream apple music if you only get 1 hour talk time...

26. Xavier1415

Posts: 190; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

Mines last for 2 days with lte

29. Foxgabanna

Posts: 597; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

Mine last for 2 days as well.

2. gigicoaste

Posts: 456; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

18 hours?? Like.. only on lte or..?? I cannot believe they released a 3rd. generation watch which doesn't last 1 day! Even my old LG, first generation of a smartwatch last 1.5 days on average usage!

3. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

maybe it's because you can't do shiit with your LG watch other than occasional notifications and changing watch face.

7. gigicoaste

Posts: 456; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

sure, that's why I said that my old LG. currently I'm enjoying 2.5 days average while using gps, wifi, bluetooth, always on screen, notifications, day and night tracking, on my new smartwatch, on a single charge. Obvious, feel free to buy a device which doesn't last a day and is restricted to certain devices! IMO 18 hours on a average use for a smartwatch released in 2017 it's really poor battery performance.

15. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

bs, there is no way your watch can last 2.5 days with all those features turned on. by the way, Lg watches look like shiit

18. gigicoaste

Posts: 456; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

I did not mention which brand is my newer smartwatch, is not about that. it's about the fact that currently are smartwatches with enough juice for all those things! the way it looks Lg, sure, the 1st. now looks outdated for some people. I prefer round watches the way it looks is purely subjective. buy whatever you please. The 18 hours on average for 3rd. gen Apple watch is a fact.

30. cmdacos

Posts: 4198; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

I get two full days with those same radios on a year old watch. Anything less than 24 hrs in this years releases is embarrassing.

4. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

The Watch lasts a day. LTE TALK TIME lasts an hour.

6. gigicoaste

Posts: 456; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

"Watch will last 18 hours with mixed usage." not sure how long is your day, but mine still has 24 hours! Since nobody really test the battery, based on PA, Apple said it is 18 hours, therefore my comment.

12. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

You never sleep? I try to for at least 6-7h. I also poo everyday and I use my phone in there; I eat 3-5 times a day, I talk to my friends and family, I work out (no, I'm not listening to music, because I have a lot of friends to talk to at the gym). I also do other stuff like work, drive, talk to clients, read. Oh, and I don't have a electronic watch and I won't get one until it will be able to replace my phone.

19. gigicoaste

Posts: 456; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

sure I sleep, I should do it longer maybe. I prefer running therefore listening music while doing that and also running alone, helps me to concentrate on my peace, music and coaching also helps. while running I'm happy to receive my notifications, always good to keep an eye on business. Enjoy your poo sessions!

32. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

So 18h shouldn't be a problem for neither of us.

5. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Inventing then reinventing smartwatches....

10. Jolliebee

Posts: 39; Member since: Sep 12, 2017

reinventing it to do what? Did you actually read the article? 1 hour of talk time. The Gear S3 gets up to 5 days of talk time or 72 hours. I don't think anyone is gonna use it for very many calls. But the point is, Apple is limiting the usage with only 60 mins of talk time before it dies a horrible death.

14. Xilam unregistered

Wait, so you can make a call that lasts 5 days on one charge?

20. aegislash

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Cnour doesn't read articles...he just praises Apple-related articles, and trolls articles if they're Android-related.

8. bfuller2006

Posts: 85; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Interested I t seems the 5 and 5s getting ready to go the way of the 4S, 4, and earlier

9. Jolliebee

Posts: 39; Member since: Sep 12, 2017

What is the precise reason for only 1 hours of talk time? I don't know anyone who would use them to talk on the p[hone, due to privacy issues, in case you don't want others to be in your business because it uses a speaker-phone. !8 hours sounds like 1.5 days on a single charge, assuming you don;t actually talk on it. Just note, since PA doesn't give details, if connected to phone and you answer a call, less battery is used because the call is being handled by the phone, and you are only bluetoothing the audio to the speaker. But when not connected, the watch is using the LTE for data and a modem for the call and that eats battery. But getting only 60 mins of talk time is lames considering the cost.

16. KingSam

Posts: 1448; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Well the series 3 cost $350 so an iPhone 6 minimum isn't abad idea. Why would the smartwatch cost more that the smartphone?

21. slannmage

Posts: 289; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

They say the Apple Watch 1 lasts 18 hours.... it gets me 2 days, stop worrying people, they're adding more features for the same battery life.

31. cmdacos

Posts: 4198; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

You must only be using it to tell time. Otherwise there is no way.

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31030; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Bankz says, it'll last 3 days...Bankz knows.

25. Panzer

Posts: 282; Member since: May 13, 2016

Where is Bankz he must be in Cupertino getting his iPhone x with touch id under the screen and true wireless charging.

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 31030; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Bankz is personally installing the inscreen FPS, and the 512 internal flash chip.

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31030; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Gear S3 kills this thing.

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