Today, Apple introduced the world to the Watch Series 3 at its iPhone X event. Apple’s COO Jeff Williams took the stage to announce the third generation smartwatch. The smartwatch has received several internal upgrades while not any large noticeable change to its external design.
The Apple Watch Series 3 comes with built-in cellular support (Apple offers both cellular and non-cellular models), a 70% faster dual core processor under the hood, and is 50% more power efficient.
Going into more detail on the internals of the watch, it comes with Apple’s S3 chip. Features a faster dual-core processor as previously said, meaning snappier app launches and smoother graphics experience, and you will also be able to speak directly with Siri, for the first time ever on the Watch. The Watch also features a W2 wireless chip that’s 85% faster in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, much more power efficient, and much more.
Williams welcomed Deirdre Caldbeck from the Apple Watch team to introduce the Series 3 Watch, using AT&T. A video demonstration was shown which was actually quite impressive. Audio was very clear and call connected fairly quickly.
Here’s what Apple says on the cellular:
Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) features a full LTE and UMTS cellular radio that switches seamlessly to cellular when it is away from iPhone. The watch shares the same number as iPhone so there’s no need to provide an additional number to family, friends or colleagues; and to help get customers started, participating carriers are also offering special introductory cellular plans at launch. Customers have the ability to make cellular calls directly with Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) and, when paired with AirPods, enjoy a seamless and fully wireless experience. Apple also pioneered an industry-first antenna design that uses the display itself as both a transmitting and receiving element for LTE and UMTS, while introducing a built-in eSIM that is over one-hundredth the size of a traditional SIM card, making over-the-air activation possible without compromising space.
Here’s what you’re also going to love. Apple says that the Watch will be capable of streaming Apple Music without the need for an iPhone, but the feature is still under works, so it may not be available on product launch.