Ap­ple Watch Series 3 comes with cel­lu­lar ca­pa­bil­i­ties

Oman Daily Observer - - FRONT PAGE -

THE new iPhone mod­els were the fo­cus of the Septem­ber 12 Ap­ple event, but it also starred the lat­est ver­sion of the com­pany’s smart­watch, the Ap­ple Watch Series 3.

The Ap­ple Watch Series 3, which comes with sev­eral sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments com­pared to its pre­de­ces­sor, started pre­orders on Septem­ber 15 and will re­lease on Septem­ber 22.

One of the ma­jor changes with the Ap­ple Watch Series 3 com­pared to pre­vi­ous ver­sions of the smart­watch is that one of its mod­els comes with built-in cel­lu­lar, drop­ping the lim­i­ta­tion that it needs to be paired with an iPhone at all times to make the most out of the de­vice.

In a press re­lease, Ap­ple noted that the 4G LTE ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the new Ap­ple Watch will al­low users to stay con­nected even with­out an iPhone nearby.

The de­vice, in com­bi­na­tion with the up­com­ing watchOS 4, will soon al­low users to stream Ap­ple Mu­sic, re­ceive text mes­sages, and ini­ti­ate calls en­tirely through the Ap­ple Watch.

The Ap­ple Watch Series 3, how­ever, will not use a reg­u­lar SIM card, but rather a builtin one known as the eSIM.

The eSim will be pro­vi­sioned through the de­vice it­self, mak­ing it easy to switch be­tween sup­ported car­ri­ers but im­pos­si­ble to sign up with one un­sup­ported by Ap­ple.

Cel­lu­lar ca­pa­bil­i­ties are not the only sell­ing point of the new Ap­ple Watch. Com­pared to its pre­de­ces­sor, the Ap­ple Watch Series 3 fea­tures a 70 per cent faster dual core pro­ces­sor and baro­met­ric al­time­ter. It is also wa­ter­proof, and has im­proved power ef­fi­ciency.

The cel­lu­lar ver­sion of the Ap­ple Watch Series 3, which will have 16 GB of in­ter­nal stor­age, will carry a price tag of $399, while the non-cel­lu­lar ver­sion will have 8 GB of in­ter­nal stor­age and be sold for $329.

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