Apple has announced the expected Apple Watch Series 3. As the rumours suggested, the next generation Apple wearable is capable of an LTE connection; allowing it to remain connected even while away from an iPhone.
The Series 3 uses a novel approach to getting a connection, using the entire display as an antenna. It also uses the electronic SIM technology that Apple has been trying to push. Interestingly, this allows the Watch to share the same phone number as the owner’s iPhone. Opening up some additional applications.
A new processor is also included in the the new Watch Series 3, which Apple claims is 70 percent more powerful than its predecessor. What this means is that Siri will be able to speak from the watch for the first time. Making the AI assistant’s inclusion on the wearable far more sensible.
Despite these additions, the Watch Series 3 still looks like the Series 2. The chassis is more or less the same, and Apple says that the only change is that the rear crystal is 0.25mm thicker. Not something that anyone will actually notice.
The Apple Watch Series 3 will be sold in three finishes, with a host of new bands. This includes a new Sport Loop for the more active lifestyles. The company is also adding a new ceramic grey finish to complement the ceramic white from the Watch Series 2. As usual, the partnership with Nike and Hermes are still in place.
The Apple Watch Series 3 will initially be sold in nine countries at launch for $399. A non-LTE version of the watch is also being made available in 26 launch countries for $329. Pre-orders for the Watch Series 3 begin on 15 September, with the first wave being released on 22 September. In addition to this, the original Apple Watch Series 1 is receiving a price cut to $249.