Apple Watch Series 3 first look
Apple has recently unveiled the long awaited Apple Watch Series 3 alongside a couple of new products. This took place at the special media event held on September 12th, 2017. Just as anticipated, the series 3 has arrived with a host of new technologies and opportunities.
The Apple Watch Series 3: Specifications
In making the Series 3 model, Apple used the new eSIM technology (LTE connection) to enable the watch to have cellular connectivity. This means that users will be able to make phone calls, send messages, stream music from the cloud either with iTunes Match or Apple Music, use Siri assistance, get directions, app notifications, and more without the need to have an iPhone within range.
It is important to note that the new Series 3 comes in two variants. One is similar to the series 2 model that features Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity with an addition of GPS. The other variant has all the above features with the addition of LTE cellular connectivity. These two variants also feature an altimeter; a feature only found in iPhone 6s and later models, to record elevation gain. The cellular variant has twice RAM (16GB) than that of GPS variant (8GB) and also features a ceramic back rather than a plastic one.
You can hardly talk about the Series 3 without mentioning the previous two Apple Watch generations i.e. series 2 and series 1. This model does not stray too far away from its predecessors design-wise. Most people expected that by having extra cellular connectivity hardware, the watch would be larger and bulky. However, this is not the case. It is almost the same size as Series 2 with the same gently-rounded square shape.
It is also water resistant just like the other versions; though it is not recommended to submerge it in water. Like Series 2, it comes in stainless steel and aluminium versions. There are also some new colours in this series – Ceramic Gray and Blush Gold.
Faster, but similar battery life
According to Apple, the Series 3 is 70% faster than its predecessor. The battery life is also good; it delivers power all day which is similar to that of Series 2 that delivers power up to 18 hours.
The cellular version costs $399 which is $70 more than what the GPS variant costs ($329). Spending the extra $70 is mainly dependent on whether or not your need to use your watch independently from the phone is worth this extra cost. Moreover, there are some exclusive variants that come with a higher price tag. For instance, a stainless steel case variant (in space black or a silver finish) starts at $599, while the ceramic case variant (now in grey or new white finish) starts at $1,299.
In the all new Apple Watch Series 3, Apple has managed to incorporate cellular technology with minimal changes in size and design, without affecting water resistance, and destroying battery life. Moreover, the Series 3 has more superiors processing power. The better news is that the built-in SIM will share your current phone number, thus you don’t need to get new digits. Though this series will not be for everyone, it is definitely the ultimate device for those who have been waiting for a watch they can use independently from their phone.