Apple Watch Series 3 makes official debut with built-in cellular connectivity

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Today Apple held its big fall event, and the first device announced by the company was the Apple Watch Series 3.

The biggest addition to the Apple Watch Series 3 is built-in cellular connectivity. With it, you can send and receive calls and texts from your watch, use maps, and more. Calling and texting with the new Apple Watch Series 3 uses the same number as your phone. Apple says that it’ll also offer Apple Music on the Apple Watch Series 3, letting you stream music directly to your watch.

The Apple Watch Series 3 uses a new dual-core processor that Apple says offers up to 70 percent better performance, as well as a new Apple W2 chip that’ll get you up to 85 percent faster Wi-Fi and 50 percent better battery efficiency. Also included with the Apple Watch Series 3 is a barometric altimeter and an electronic SIM card.

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Despite having cellular connectivity built-in, Apple says that the Apple Watch Series 3 is the same size as the Apple Watch Series 2. The Apple Watch Series 3 will be available for pre-order starting September 15th, with a launch scheduled for September 22nd.

When it comes to pricing, Apple Watch Series 3 will start at $329 for a non-cellular model. The Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular will start at $399. Apple plans to keep Apple Watch Series 1 around for $249.

T-Mobile has confirmed that it’ll offer the Apple Watch Series 3. Customers can get three months of free talk, text, and data with Digits when they buy an Apple Watch Series 3. After those three months, Apple Watch Series 3 owners can get unlimited talk, text, and data with Digits for $10 per month with Autopay.

If you’ve already got an Apple Watch that you’re happy with, then there’s some news for you today, too. Apple says that it’ll release the watchOS 4 update to existing Apple Watch models on September 19th.

Now that the Apple Watch is getting built-in cellular connectivity, will you be springing for one?

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  • Andrew

    Depends on the cellular pricing. If it’s any more than $5 a month, no.

    • chadskie

      It says in the article that it will be $10 a month after a free 3 month trial.

  • Tim Moore

    I probably won’t be doing it because I’ll have to see what the monthly cost of the iPhone X will be.

  • steveb944

    I’m interested, simply because Android Wear doesn’t have a viable option. But I’d likely go with Samsung first due to Samsung Pay.

    • Starlord7

      As more POS systems get updated the benefits of Samsung Pay are not much different than Apple Pay.

      You should go to an Apple store and check out Apple Watch. I moved from a Nexus 6P to iPhone 7plus, and bought the Apple Watch. Its honestly such a better experience than what I had with my Nexus.

      Also stay away from Android Wear, I don’t know if it has gotten better since I had my Moto 360v2.

      • steveb944

        It depends, many terminals get updated but features disabled which defeats the purpose. I’ll still be using Android for my phone as I hate iOS, and I think Samsung Pay plays more friendly then Apple Pay when it comes to Android.

        Plus couple that with my Apple account being hacked and it’s a no brainer.

  • msohail

    Any news if T-Mobile is going to do pre-orders for the new Apple watch and how much is it going to cost to add to our plans?

  • MCP7

    Yes! I’ll be upgraded from my original Apple Watch.

  • Marcus Rose

    I am still trying to wrap my head around why anyone…and I mean ANYONE…would buy the Iphone X?

    I mean….read this article and give me 1 good reason why you would pay upwards of $1200.00?

    https://www.sammobile.com/2017/09/13/iphone-xs-oled-display-arent-bright-galaxy-s8s-super-amoled-display/