September 12th 2017
By Mike Flaminio
The new Apple Watch Series 3 now untethers itself from the iPhone. This brings a bunch of new possibilities, but also an extra monthly charge to your mobile account. It appears for $10 per month, you can leave your iPhone at home and still receive calls and messages.
When on LTE, the watch still shares your iPhone's mobile number, so that makes it's transparent. Also when sharing location, your location data will reflect your position with the Apple Watch. Apple also announced the Apple Music will be supported on mobile, so you can listen to your music using only your Apple Watch.
Apple says the new dual core processor is 70% faster and a new W2 chip offers 80% improvement on WiFi.
Series 3 looks is nearly identical to the Series 1 and Series 2, except that the digital crown is red. That seems weird and basically intended to differentiate the models for those who care about such things.
I was hoping to have something new with the heart rate sensors. It appears not much has changed there since the Apple Watch was originally introduced in 2015. Not really complaining, but something there would be a bigger incentive to upgrade.
Pricing starts at $329 for the 38mm watch and $359 for the 42mm on SPorts models. If you want the LTE cellular feature, prices bump up to $359 and $429. Other models and bands go up from there.