The Apple Watch Series 3 was recently released, and its marquee feature is cellular connectivity with LTE. You can now answer calls, use Siri to send messages, stream music, get notifications from apps, and more while leaving your iPhone behind.
Apple Watch Series 3 will switch seamlessly to cellular when it is away from the iPhone. The watch also shares the same phone number as the iPhone, so you won’t have to deal with giving out an additional number to use it. It utilizes the watch display as an antenna, and uses a built-in eSIM card that’s over one-hundredth the size of a traditional SIM.
The third generation Apple Watch is powered by a faster dual-core processor for quicker app launch times and smoother graphics. This also enables Siri to speak back to you using the built-in watch speaker. It also uses a new custom “W2” wireless chip that make Wi-Fi and Bluetooth more power efficient. Apple has also added a barometric altimeter to assist with tracking activity, specifically for flights climbed and elevation gain.
Apple Watch Series 3 comes in two variants — GPS only and GPS + Cellular. The GPS only version is only available in aluminum and starts at $329. GPS + Cellular is available in aluminum, stainless steel, or ceramic (for the Apple Watch Edition), and starts at $399.