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The New Apple Watch Series 3 Has Cellular Built-In (techcrunch.com) 55

The first big product unveiling at Apple's Event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California was the Apple Watch Series 3 with built-in support for cellular. TechCrunch reports: Wireless cellular LTE connectivity provided by a built-in chip means the new Apple Watch will be able to stay connected even when it's not tethered to an iPhone, which is a huge step forward in terms of making it an independent mobile device. Pricing for the Series 3 Cellular starts at $399, and a version without cellular starts at $329. Pre-orders begin on September 15, and they'll be available on September 22. The new Apple Watch is visually quite similar to the existing version, with backwards compatibility with existing straps and bands. There's a new Blush Gold color to match the new iPhone color option, and a new ceramic Dark Gray for the higher-end models that joins the existing white. Plus, the cellular version sports that red crown for an extra bit of visual flare. The non-cellular version doesn't have the new red crown.

Inside, it has a new dual-core processor with 70 percent better performance, as well as a new W2 chip that improves Bluetooth and wireless connectivity and power efficiency. The cellular antenna is actually the display itself, and there's an electronic SIM card inside for connectivity. The device is the same physical size as the Series 2, despite adding everything needed for cellular and LTE connectivity -- though the back crystal is extended 0.25 mm, which is incredibly thin. It's still got GPS like Series 2, and it's swimproof, plus it packs in all-day battery life still.

The New Apple Watch Series 3 Has Cellular Built-In

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  • A second monthly cell phone bill. I might as well get a third one so that I can get WiFi in my car, even though my smart phone has hot spot capability.

    • by 93 Escort Wagon ( 326346 ) on Tuesday September 12, 2017 @01:52PM (#55182039)

      It shares your iPhone's number, so there's no "second monthly cell phone bill". It's possible the carriers might add some sort of additional device fee, though.

      The demo was actually effective - not so much the dude on stage, but the fact that it worked well at the other end with the woman on a paddle board in the middle of a lake.

    • what kind of ghetto ass carrier do you have that won't add devices to an existing account?

  • by ranton ( 36917 ) on Tuesday September 12, 2017 @01:53PM (#55182043)

    Until these smart watches have a few days of battery life or wireless charging from ten feet away, I'll be going without. I'm sure there are plenty of people who are more diligent about charging their devices every night without fail, but I'm not one of them.

    • That's why I got my Garmin Vivoactive HR. Way less features than a smartwatch, but I can use it for most part of a week with no need to think about the battery.

      • My wife just got one of the Garmin Fenix watches. Very expensive, but apparently it can go a whole week on a charge. The old Forerunners are nice in that you can forget them in a drawer for months and they'll still be ready to go when you get it out.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Until these smart watches have a few days of battery life or wireless charging from ten feet away, I'll be going without. I'm sure there are plenty of people who are more diligent about charging their devices every night without fail, but I'm not one of them.

      Well, I'll go one better ... until these smart watches serve a fucking purpose, I'll be going without.
      I'm sure there are people who are stupid enough to think they need to be constantly tethered to their goddamned email, but I'm not one of them.

    • I'm sure there are plenty of people who are more diligent about charging their devices every night without fail, but I'm not one of them.

      Have you tried? I mean not about getting a watch, but doing some daily diligence that is linked to a pretty much 100% repeatable event of you falling asleep.

      If you think about it, things you do daily you're probably incredibly diligent about, e.g. brushing your teeth, getting dressed, going to sleep, etc. When you tie a requirement to an action you repeat daily you'll be surprised how diligent you actually are.

      Screw smart watches, it's bad enough that I need to charge my phone every night, but really it's n

      • by adolf ( 21054 )

        Maybe I'm just shitty at being a human, but I have a hard time remembering to do any/all of the things on your list. I've been trying for decades.

        It's impossible that I'm the only person who has a hard time settling into any sort of routine.

        So, yes: Sometimes I wake up (usually not at the right time), find my phone battery mostly flat, and then put my shoes on before my pants, and only realize after I've left for the day that I haven't brushed my teeth. Or my hair.

        Charging my watch? Hahaha. Last time I

        • Hahahha fair enough. Was just a suggestion because I find myself forgetting adhoc things to the point that I carry a notebook around whenever I can't carry my phone (I work in a hazardous facility). The only things I do remember are those tied to a routine.

    • Yup indeed.

      The whole premise when smart watches where successfully brought back to the spotlight by Pebble, was to have electronics as power-economic as possible.
      Pebble had eInk among the considered technologies to make it cheaper.
      Tethering to a phone was actually a *selling point* - leave as much works as possible to the phone, and use the smartwatch only as an interface in order to make the most out of its tiny power budget.
      You ended-up with watches which could go a week or more between charges. (and curr

  • Oblig (Score:5, Funny)

    by fiannaFailMan ( 702447 ) on Tuesday September 12, 2017 @01:53PM (#55182053) Journal

    No wireless. Less space than a Nomad. Lame.

  • by ganjadude ( 952775 ) on Tuesday September 12, 2017 @01:54PM (#55182057) Homepage
    i got one for free with my S7 and while it was kind of cool, the battery life when in use was cut in half, and it costs an extra 5 or 10 bucks a month from verizon at least. I wonder how much battery life has come in 2 years because thats the biggest dealbreaker against LTE on the watch right now
  • Can I use this Apple Watch with cellular without even owning any other Apple gadget?

    They clearly said it shares the phone number with your regular phone. So that means I can synch it to my Virgin Mobile Galaxy J series phone?

    Or is it just an 'even more remote' dongle?

  • Kids, ask your parents who "Dick Tracy" was.

    No, not the guy banging Madonna.

    Er, kids, ask your grandparents who Dick Tracy was.

    Also: Get the hell off my lawn!

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