Cel­lu­lar-En­abled Ap­ple Watch

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You can now con­nect di­rectly to the in­ter­net with the new cel­lu­lar-en­abled Ap­ple Watch Se­ries 3. That means you can stream mu­sic, get no­ti­fi­ca­tions, and make calls with­out be­ing teth­ered to your phone. If you have an Ap­ple Mu­sic sub­scrip­tion, you have ac­cess to its li­brary of 40 mil­lion songs with­out be­ing con­nected to your iPhone, in­stead of hav­ing to cre­ate a

watch playlist like with older mod­els.

To sup­port these ex­cit­ing new func­tion­al­i­ties, Ap­ple built an elec­tronic SIM card that fits inside the watches' form fac­tor and uses the dis­play as the an­ten­nae. Ap­ple also added a dual-core pro­ces­sor that's up to 70 per­cent faster than pre­vi­ous mod­els and a W2 chip for bet­ter bat­tery per­for­mance. Over­all, you'll ex­pe­ri­ence much less lag time when us­ing your new watch. Siri can also re­spond to you now, in­stead of just dis­play­ing an­swers on your screen.

I have found the Ap­ple Watch to be the best of all the fit­ness track­ers I've tried. By adding a cel­lu­lar con­nec­tion, it ex­pands the fea­ture set of the de­vice enough to make it no longer just a great fit­ness band but also a wear­able that can ac­com­plish much of what we've pre­vi­ously re­lied solely on smart­phones for. How­ever, if you're mainly in­ter­ested in fit­ness track­ing, Ap­ple of­fers a non-cel­lu­lar ver­sion of the Se­ries 3 that has the W2 chip, so you can ex­pect bet­ter bat­tery per­for­mance for your work­outs (see pg. 38 for our Ap­ple Watch buyer's guide to find the right model for you).

The cel­lu­lar model will add about $5–$10/month to your ex­ist­ing phone car­rier fee, and your watch will use the same num­ber as your phone (thank­fully). Over­all, the Ap­ple Watch Se­ries 3 is great for peo­ple who hate be­ing teth­ered to their phones but rely on the prac­ti­cal­ity of be­ing reach­able.

One of the most ex­cit­ing things about the Ap­ple Watch that Ap­ple high­lighted dur­ing its event is its po­ten­tial to save lives. Ap­ple played a com­mer­cial shar­ing sto­ries of how Ap­ple Watch users dis­cov­ered se­ri­ous health is­sues like di­a­betes or heart ar­rhyth­mia or called for help in a car crash. Adding a cel­lu­lar con­nec­tion makes the po­ten­tial of the watch even greater as a safety de­vice, whether as a way for peo­ple to call 911 in cases of do­mes­tic abuse or for el­derly peo­ple who want to safely con­tinue to live in­de­pen­dent lives.

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