Apple Watch Series 3: Built-in cellular, improved Siri, WatchOS4, heart rate monitor

Gwen Vasquez
September 12, 2017

The watch details were announced as part of an Apple event at its Cupertino, California, headquarters, where it was also expected to unveil new iPhones.

The only real change in the Apple Watch Series 3, actually, is the new LTE capability.

Apple Watch has also become the number one watch in the world, beating Rolex, announced Tim Cook. WatchOS 4 will be available to all existing Apple Watch users starting September 19.

And, to add to its success there's now an updated wearable called the Apple Watch Series 3.

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Apple Watch will still require a companion iPhone. Finally, a single-color ceramic case option that has been available since the Apple Watch Series 2 is still there, but you actually have a couple more color options.

The Apple Watch Series 3 is a stand-alone cellular device that packs a ton of new features, including a new dual core processor that is 70 percent faster than its predecessor. For LTE, the display itself acts as an antenna and the device uses an electronic SIM, that is a fraction of the size of a micro SIM card. In the Apple Watch's last upgrade, the second-generation model gained a faster processor, a larger battery and Global Positioning System, as well as becoming waterproof. The back crystal is extended 0.25 mm. Series 1 will now cost $249.

Now Apple has figured out how to work in LTE, and without making the watch so thick that it feels like a "house arrest bracelet", as Williams joked. A better and more efficient cell would result in a vastly improved smartwatch, with the battery life of the device sometimes rather paltry. Apple introduced the W1 previous year in its Earpods and other headphones from Beats, and was a huge improvement over Bluetooth in other devices, the W2 might double down on those advances. Watch Series 3 will launch September 22 at $399 with cellular, $329 without, and will knock the price of the Series 1 down to $29. You heart statistics are now more visible and include resting heart rate and recovery heart rate. Release on September 22. Williams said reading a user's heart rate will also now be instant. Your Watch will notify you if it detects an elevated heart rate when you're inactive. This is particularly helpful for those with an irregular heart beat or who may not know they have one.

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