1Apple Watch Series 3 Is a Small Upgrade, but Important Step Forward
Since the Apple Watch’s initial release in 2015, the smartwatch has been tethered to the iPhone, requiring users who wanted to make calls, interact with data-heavy apps or send text messages to keep an iPhone nearby. Now, that has changed. Apple Watch Series 3, which was announced Sept. 12, comes with a cellular connection, eliminating the smartwatch’s reliance on the iPhone. The Apple Watch Series 3 also has some significant health- and fitness-related improvements. And, with a price tag that should attract budget-conscious shoppers, it might prove to be a hit this holiday season. This slide show discusses the Apple Watch Series 3’s features that could bring new buyers to the iPhone maker’s third-generation smartwatch.
2Cellular Access Makes a Big Difference
3Make Calls on the Apple Watch Without Your iPhone Near
4The Apple Watch Design Is Little Changed
5Apple Music Comes to Apple Watch
6The Smartwatch Gets a Small Power Boost
7Apple Pushes the Fitness Opportunities
8A Nod to Your Health
Apple is also pitching its new smartwatch as a tool for monitoring user health. The company has improved the heart-monitoring tool to make it easier for users to observe the condition of their heartbeats. Apple Watch Series 3 can even be used to identify arrhythmia and atrial fibrillation, when the company’s Apple Heart Study launches later this year.
9There Are Plenty of Feature Options
10It Costs Money to Keep the Apple Watch Connected
Buying Apple Watch Series 3 is one thing. But there’s more than the purchase price: Apple’s carrier partners are charging users $10 per month to connect the smartwatch to their networks. So, in addition to the purchase price, users should expect to pay $120 per year to keep a cellular Apple Watch connected.
11It’s Nearly Half the Price of an iPhone
Apple Watch Series 3 devices are available for pre-order and will be heading to store shelves Sept. 22. Pricing is all over the board, depending on the version, but non-cellular models start at $329 and cellular models will cost $399 to start.