WATCH se­ries 3

With a built-in SIM , Ap­ple’s wear­able is ready to let you leave the iPhone at home

T3 - - Gadget Guru -

The lat­est gen­er­a­tion of Ap­ple Watch takes the next log­i­cal leap and re­moves its need to be teth­ered to an iPhone, with an op­tional 4G con­nec­tion, start­ing from £329 for non-4G mod­els, or £399 with 4G.

That’s not the only change, of course. The Se­ries 3 Watch in­cludes a baro­met­ric al­time­ter, mean­ing it can de­tect your el­e­va­tion for the first time, which is great for get­ting a more ac­cu­rate view of the ef­fort you put into a day – if you climb a moun­tain, that’s kind of a big fac­tor. There’s also a new faster wire­less chip for get­ting in­for­ma­tion into the Watch, and a 70% more pow­er­ful dual-core pro­ces­sor, so that apps run much zip­pier, and which en­ables Siri to speak on the Watch for the first time.

It means the Watch line-up is fairly com­plex now: you’ve still got two sizes, and now have mod­els with GPS only, and  mod­els with GPS+Cel­lu­lar. The GPS-only mod­els are all alu­minium Sport mod­els, while the GPS+Cel­lu­lar come in Sport, stain­less steel, or ce­ramic Watch Edi­tion (which in­cludes su­per-smart new grey colour op­tion). The GPS+Cel­lu­lar op­tion also has more stor­age than GPS alone – 16GB in­stead of 8GB, mostly so that it’s a bet­ter com­pan­ion to Ap­ple Mu­sic, for stream­ing without your phone.

So, how does a con­tract and call­ing for the 4G Watch work? It’ll be an add-on to your ex­ist­ing con­tract, us­ing the same phone num­ber. EE is of­fer­ing a Watch con­tract for an ex­tra £5 per month, which seems pretty de­cent to us. The po­ten­tial catch is that EE is the only net­work sup­port­ing the Watch in the UK at launch. Ex­pect more in the fu­ture, but no one’s say­ing when just yet.

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