“Even with improved connectivity support, the Watch Series 3 is the same size as its predecessor”
In its 10th edition, Apple’s annual iPhone launch event turned into an extravaganza where the Cupertino giant took covers off several of its latest-gen offerings. While the iPhone X along side the iPhone 8 duo were the stars of the show, the brand also unveiled the Apple Watch Series 3. The highlight of the new Watch is the fact that it can now work independently of the iPhones, thanks to support for LTE.
The interesting thing is even with the improved connectivity features, the Watch Series 3 is the same size as the second-gen Apple Watch. This is possible because instead of a SIM card slot, it has an eSIM (also referred to as electronic SIM). It’s also utilising the display as an antenna, instead of opting for a conventional antenna. Not just calling, you can also use the third-gen Apple Watch to stream songs from Apple Music.
Inside the Apple Watch Series 3 is a dual-core S3 processor that’s claimed to be 70 percent faster than the one on its previous iteration. This also allows the Watch to enable conversations with Siri.
Following up to its W1 wireless chip, the brand has used the W2 chip in the new Watch, which is 85 percent faster Wi-Fi connection. It’s also 50 percent more efficient in terms of the battery. Coming to the battery life, the brand promises that it will provide a day’s worth of backup.
Talking about the sensors, the latest Apple Watch sports a barometric altimeter, which can track stairs climbed, outdoor workouts and elevation gain. It also has built-in GPS to let you go on a run without needing an iPhone.
On the software side of things, the Apple Watch Series 3 runs watchOS 4, which will be rolled out starting September 19th. Among the biggest changes, it brings is a number of additions to heart rate monitoring. Now you can check your heart rate on the watch face itself, and the improved app will show you resting as well as recovery heart rate, which suggests whether your health is improving or deteriorating. You can also set notifications to alert you when your heart rate crosses a certain threshold. The new OS also comes with a dedicated Siri watch face that shows the information up front.
Similar to its predecessors, the Apple Watch Series 3 is available in three colour options of gold, silver or space grey and two case sizes of 38mm and 42mm. It’s also offered in multiple band options, along with bands from its partners – Nike and Hermes. In India, only the model with GPS support will be available at launch, with a sticker price of Rs 29,900. It will go on sale in the country starting September 29th. The brand will also continue selling the Watch Series 1, which will now be available for a reduced pricing of Rs 21,900. As for the model with LTE, Apple is making it available only in select countries as of now, with a wider rollout slated for next year.