Apple Watch Series 3 with Cellular LTE connectivity is official. Here are details on it, including price and release date.

As expected, the first media event held at the new Steve Jobs Theater in Apple Park, dedicated to the late Apple co-founder, has been packed full of announcements and insights, with many expressing delight at the introduction of a LTE-enabled Apple Watch. As always, we have all of the details below.

Features / Specs

Design

Apple Watch Series 3 isn’t trying to be too grandiose in its appearance or what it is offering to the technology community. The Cupertino-based company is clearly happy with where Apple Watch is at from an aesthetic perspective, which has been proven by the fact that Apple Watch Series 3 keeps the same design as previous two iterations of the wearable.

The same physical size and aesthetic means that all existing Apple Watch bands will still function on this new model for those who choose to upgrade. That said, there’s the slightest of increase in the height of the charging end of the Series 3 Apple Watch, but it should pose no hurdle with existing accessories.

Apple has also given the Series 3 a little something to recognize it by, with the Digital Crown getting a red highlight.

LTE and UMTS Support

True to recent speculation and conjecture, the company is launching Apple Watch Series 3 both in cellular and non-cellular variants. The difference between the two is that the cellular model features an embedded Apple SIM card which allows Apple to achieve the goal of getting LTE capabilities into the wearable so that it can be used independent of the iPhone.

There were prior concerns that this may not happen due to battery concerns with the device continuously polling for cellular network and the like, but Apple appears to have overcome those concerns to produce a version of the Apple Watch which can access network features and receive and send data independently of a connected iPhone.

It’s important to note that the cellular model won’t have its own number, and instead will be using the same phone number as on the iPhone.

Processor

On the hardware front, the Apple Watch Series 3 gets a brand new dual-core S3 CPU – 70% percent faster than the original, says Apple

Siri Speaks Back!

The introduction of the new S3 processor also happens to make Siri even faster now, with the digital-assistant also gaining the capability to speak back.

New W2 Chip and Barometric altimeter

Apple has also upgraded the WiFi and Bluetooth chip on this brand new wearable, with the embedding of a new W2 chip. New in is a Barometric altimeter and an all-day battery life.

Swim Proof

Yet again, we don’t know the rating of exactly how waterproof the new Apple Watch Series 3 is, but as per Apple, it’s latest wearable is completely “swim proof”.

New Apple Watch Hermès, Nike+, and Edition color

As expected, Apple has rolled out a new range of Apple Watch Hermès based on the Series 3, alongside the Nike+ versions of the Apple Watch as well. However, the real deal, is the stunning new Apple Watch Edition in Gray Ceramic.

Colors

Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) will be available in Gold, Silver or Space gray aluminum, or Silver or Space Black stainless steel paired with a variety of bands.

Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS) will be available in Gold, Silver or Space Gray aluminum cases.

OS

As expected, the new Series 3 comes running watchOS 4 right out of the box.

Price

  • Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular): $399 for 38mm | $429 for 42mm
  • Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS): $329 for $38mm | $399 for 42mm
  • Apple Watch Series 3 Stainless Steel (GPS + Cellular): $599 for 38mm | $649 for $42mm
  • Apple Watch Series 3 Edition (GPS + Cellular): $1,299 for 38mm | $1,349 for $42mm
  • Apple Watch Seires 3 Hermès (GPS + Cellular): Starting at $1,149 for 38mm | $1,149 for 42mm

Release Date

There is undeniably plenty to look forward to as a result of this Apple event. For those who were sticking around for Apple Watch Series 3, and who got exactly what they wanted with a LTE-enabled intelligent timepiece, the hardware will start shipping on September 22 with pre-orders starting on September 15. The Apple Watch Series 3 Nike+ however, won’t be shipping out until October 5, and that too in limited quantity.

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