In the midst of the hype around the iPhones launched by Apple at its event on Tuesday, the company also released the next version of their smartwatch, Series 3. The immediate reaction from the observes watching the event was that in terms of the external appearance there was hardly much to distinguish it from the Series 2 Apple watch.
Apple has made a lot of modifications internally, the highlight being the LTE connectivity option, which was demonstrated through a live video call placed through to one of their associates who was right in the middle of a water body.
That is the major talking point about this wearable from Apple which has definitely enjoyed its dominant status in the smartwatch segment in the market.
The way it works is, as long as the iPhone is in its vicinity, the watch functions through the phone. But if you move away from the phone, the LTE takes over automatically and you remain connected. Calls from the watch are made by touching a button on the watch and up comes the typical interface you will see on the smartphone.
Recent calls made, contacts and the keypad will all be there and you can go ahead and make the call. And, significantly, you can keep speaking and your voice will be carried through without having to bring the watch up to your face.
If the LTE factor is covered and some of the other cosmetic changes, like the red button instead of a silver one and the new fashionable straps are taken into account, the new Apple Watch Series 3 is almost the same as its predecessor.
The Apple Watch Series 3 also features new upgrades like a faster dual-core processor and wireless chip, along with a barometric altimeter.
The smartwatch runs on watchOS 4, which features an updated Heart Rate app, giving additional insight to heart rate, including measurements during resting, workout, recovery, walking and Breathe sessions. Customers can also choose to receive a notification when their heart rate is elevated above a specific threshold while inactive.
WatchOS 4 also has the proactive Siri watch face that displays the information users need most throughout the day, an enhanced Workout app with new interface, custom High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workout type and auto-sets for pool swims.
With GymKit, users will soon enjoy the ability to connect to their favorite cardio equipment and experience two-way synchronization of data with just a tap.
According to Apple’s statement, Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) will be available to order in 10 countries and territories, and Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS) will be available to order in 28 countries and territories from September 15. Both models are available in stores starting Friday, September 22.
Coming to the price, Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) starts at $399 (US) and Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS) starts at $329 (US).