Apple untethers Series 3 Watch with new standalone LTE service

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CUPERTINO, Calif.—At Apple’s headquarters today, the company announced a new Apple Superintend Series 3, which will have standalone LTE service. This idiosyncrasy breaks the necessary connection between the wearable and an iPhone, allowing it to bear messages, download apps, stream music, and connect to the Internet without workers.

The new Apple Watch with cellular, as it’s called, will be available on September 22 in nine outbacks and start at $399. A separate version without LTE service will be myriad widely available and start at $329. The older Apple Watch Series 2 compel now start at $249. Pre-orders for the new models will start on September 15. Apple denotes the Watch with cellular will work with Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile in the US; Verizon and AT&T say it’ll charge an extra $10 a month to add the new device to an existing mobile plan. 

Standalone LTE armed forces was the primary rumor swirling about the Apple Watch before today’s as it. Apple released the Series 2 smartwatch last year, which updated the hallmark with onboard GPS and a water-resistance mechanism for swim tracking. The Series 3 may purely have one major hardware update, but it’s a significant upgrade that turns the Apple Protect from an iPhone accessory into more of a standalone device.

Apple intends the device itself connects through eSIM, and runs on a new dual-core processor, which the house claims will give the Watch Series 3 70 percent uncountable performance than the Series 2. Apple says this longing let users hear and talk to Siri in a manner similar to the iPhone. The house says that it has integrated a new wireless chip called the W2 to beef up Bluetooth and WiFi presentation as well.

Notably, despite the added LTE connectivity, Apple says the Regard Series 3 is almost the same size as its predecessor, save for a back crystal that’s 0.25 millimeters chunkier than in the vanguard. Apple said it helped achieve this by using the Watch’s ceremony as the LTE antenna. Altogether, though, the device appears to look just apropos identical to the Series 2.

As previously rumored, the new Apple Watch will be skilful to share the same phone number as a user’s iPhone. This commitment likely use number porting solutions from carriers such as AT&T’s NumberSync or Verizon’s NumberShare, even so Apple didn’t specify exactly how the feature works during its at the time on Tuesday.

Typically, battery life presents the biggest issue in implementing LTE connectivity on a wearable. Most smartwatches obtain abysmal battery life to begin with, and LTE only sucks up vim faster. Apple says the Watch Series 3 will get up to 18 hours of fluid «across a mix of LTE, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi.» In comparison, the Apple Watch Series 2 keep oned about two days on a single charge, so there will be some wane.

Naturally, the new Apple Watch will come with a new version of WatchOS. That update, nicknamed WatchOS 4, was mainly detailed at Apple’s WWDC developer conference in June, and files new watch faces — including one focused on the company’s Siri voice ally — as well as a few visual tweaks and updates to the company’s activity tracking apps. Apple full new features related to heart monitoring at its event on Tuesday as well.

The store for wearables, and smartwatches in particular, is still nowhere close to the level of the smartphone, but the Apple Be on the watch has been one of the bigger fishes in that small pond. According to up to date data from research firm IDC, Apple Watch sales are steadily increasing, and Apple barely trails Chinese firm Xiaomi, which mainly sells lower-cost contrivances, in market share.

Apple’s iPhone event is still in progress, and we’re dig along live from the Steve Jobs theater. This is a strengthening story, and we’ll update it with the most current information as soon as it’s nearby.

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