Apple announces new Watch with cellular connection, TV with 4K compatibility
Sep 13 2017
With speculations and rumours making rounds since a year ago, the time has come to put them to rest.
Other than that, most of the updates are on the software side, such as voice responses from Siri and new watchOS 4, which includes the GymKit platform that allows wearers to sync the watch with exercise equipments. It will have smart activity coaching, a redesigned workout app, and more. (It's admittedly a little bit anxiety inducing.) The look and feel of the heart rate sensor are basically the same, though. It can also alert you to irregular heartbeats. The watch will also be able to detect irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) - a leading cause of stroke.
Apple has made several improvements to the heart rate monitor that will appear in Watch OS 4.
Except, this year (as we always knew we would) we're getting one of Apple's famous "one more things". Apple also said that it has made Siri quicker on the Watch 3 than its predecessor.
Apple didn't just unveil a new Apple Watch today. Apple claims the system, said to be even more secure than the Touch ID fingerprint reader, reads your face and works even if you grow a beard, wears glasses, or otherwise alter your appearance. The Watch Series 3 with cellular lets you make phone calls straight from your wrist, all without your iPhone.
With Australia's mobile phone companies refusing to adopt eSIM technology, it means that the 4G version of the Series 3 Watch won't be available in Australia when the watch is goes on sale around the world on September 22. Along with phone calls, of course, they'll also be able to access the internet, meaning that they can stream over 40 million songs direct to the watch from Apple Music. The third-generation Apple Watch is an awesome health and fitness companion with intelligent coaching features, water resistance 50 meters1 and a new barometric altimeter that measures relative elevation.
Apple also provided an update on plans for its ever-growing line of retail outlets, including new services it will be offering in the larger stores. Apple says it's working with app developers on some skiing and snowboarding tracking apps that will utilize this feature.
Apple Watch Series 3 was unveiled at the company's annual event on Tuesday. It's powered by the new Apple A10X chipset, and will ship September 22 for $179 (32 GB) or $199 (64 GB).
The Apple Watch Series 3 starts presale on September 15 with the 38mm model retailing for $399.
AppleWatch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) starts at $399 (US) and AppleWatch Series 3 (GPS) starts at $329 (US), both featuring new upgrades like a faster dual-core processor and wireless chip, along with a barometric altimeter.