Apple Watch 3 LTE has been announced last night at the 2017 Apple Event. Apple announced the Apple Watch 3 alongside the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, AppleTV 4K, and new AirPods at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California on Tuesday 12th September.
The Apple Watch 3 looks the same as the Apple Watch 2, but there are some major changes in the specs of the new Watch from Apple. Apple Watch 3 has a new, red digital crown and signal meter, as well as a built-in barometric altimeter. Color options include a new gold aluminum finish, plus silver and space gray. In this article, we cover the specs, new features, release date and pricing of the Apple Watch 3.
Apple Watch 3 highlights:
- Water-resistant to 50m (like the previous model)
- Red digital crown and signal meter
- Built-in barometric altimeter
- New gold aluminum finish (also available in silver and space gray)
- Cellular connectivity
- Siri on the Apple Watch can now speak out loud
- S3 dual-core processor
- W2 wireless chip
- Up to 18 hours of battery life
- 38mm: $399 with cellular, $329 without (£399 and £329 respectively in the UK)
- 42mm: $429 with cellular, $359 without (£429 and £359 respectively in the UK)
Apple Watch 3 Design and Specs
The overall design, as we’ve said, is the same as the Series 2. (It’s also water-resistant to 50m, same as the Apple Watch 2.) But Apple did mention some new aesthetic options, including new color options, finishes, and straps.
The Digital Crown is now finished with a red accent, except for the red dot on the crown, you’d never know this was cellular-enabled. This is limited to the cellular models – the GPS-only models still have the Digital Crown in the same color as the case.
Thanks to a combination of machine learning algorithms and biometric sensors, the Apple Watch 3 can measure calorie burn, swim laps, and distance in real time.
But the Apple Watch Series 3 has something the Apple Watch 2 and first-generation Apple Watch don’t have – LTE. Cellular-enabled versions of the Apple Watch, can make and receive calls, send messages, and stream music without being tethered to an iPhone. That’s all thanks to an embedded SIM card and LTE modems built by Intel.
Battery life on the Apple Watch 2 is about 22 hours – much improved from the daily charge of the original Apple Watch, and thankfully, it looks like the Apple Watch 3 will have the same amount or less battery life (up to 18 hours).
Arguably the biggest new feature of the Apple Watch 3 is LTE which enables features like WeChat, Maps, and Apple Music. And it provides on-demand access to Apple Music’s catalog of 40 million song, and streaming radio stations like Beats One Live.
What about the SIM and the antenna? Well, there’s no physical SIM, it’s an electronic SIM or eSIM that’s one percent of the size of a traditional SIM and the display acts as the antenna, both transmitting and receiving.
There’s a new aluminum gold finish as well as a new sports loop band. A Nike+ Apple Watch 3 collaboration is also making a return in addition to a new Hermes model. Then there’s a new Ceramic Grey finish joining last year’s premium Ceramic White model for those with more money to spend.
Apple Watch 3 Price and Availability
The Apple Watch 3 was announced on 12 Sept, but it isn’t available just yet. The Apple Watch 3 will be available to order on Friday, September 15th and released on Friday, September 22nd in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Puerto Rico, Switzerland, the UK and the US, with other countries following next year.
Apple Watch 3 UK Prices:
- Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS, no cellular): from £329
- Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + cellular): from £399
Apple Watch 3 US prices:
- Apple Watch Series 3 (no cellular): from $329
- Apple Watch Series 3 (cellular): from $399