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Apple Watch Series 3: Same design and upgraded specs, now with cellular functionality built-in

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Now go on to some Apple news that isn’t the iPhone. For those who aren’t aware, Apple also introduced other hardware at their September 12 event. Besides the new iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X, the tech giant also announced a refresh to their wearable line-up — the Apple Watch Series 3.

It looks like Apple isn’t good at keeping secrets anymore. Just like their smartphones, the Apple Watch Series 3 has also leaked a couple of times, ahead of its official release. Rumor has it that it would have cellular connectivity built-in. And indeed, the rumors were true.

The Apple Watch can now work all by itself, without needing to stay in contact with your smartphone. The Series 3 has its own digital SIM that mirrors the actual one on your phone. No secondary phone number required.

Having a wireless network connectivity unlocks new features for the new watch. Or at least, features that are now accessible in the liberty of the smartphone. You can now leave your iPhone at home during runs, or even surfing and still receive calls, texts, and other notifications.

Apple Watch Series 3 Specs, Price

And since you’re connected to the internet, you can also gain access to Apple Music’s 40 Million songs, on the fly.

The Watch Series 3 also gains a new S3 chip. This new dual-core processor is faster and it also allows you to interact with Siri using the new built-in speaker. It also packs a new W2 wireless chip that makes the WiFi 85% faster and the Bluetooth 50% more power efficient.

Furthermore, Apple is also adding a barometric altimeter for better activity tracking. All these new additions help the new Apple Watch Series 3 to stand on its own, without the help of a paired smartphone.

Apple Watch Series 3 Specs

  • S3 dual-core processor
  • W2 chip for wireless
  • 16GB internal storage (8GB for non-cellular)
  • 4G LTE built-in, electronic SIM
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 2.4GHz
  • Barometric altimeter
  • Hearth rate sensor
  • Accelerometer, gyroscope
  • Water resistant (50 meters)
  • Ceramic back (Composite back for non-cellular)
  • GPS, GLONASS
  • up to 18 hours battery life
  • 38mm/42mm case size
  • up to 18 hours battery life

The new Apple Watch will go on pre order this September 15th and will ship on the 22nd. Availability and exact pricing on the Philippines are yet to be known.

Apple Watch Series 3 prices

  • GPS only, Aluminum Case, Sport Band: USD329
  • GPS + Cellular, Aluminum Case, Sport Band: USD399
  • GPS + Cellular, Aluminum Case, Sport Loop: USD399
  • GPS + Cellular, Stainless Steel Case, Sport Band: USD599
  • GPS + Cellular, Stainless Steel Case, Milanese Loop: USD599

 

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