The biggest addition to the device is cellular connectivity which allows users to leave their iPhones behind but still be able to take calls, make texts and more.
Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer, said: “We believe the addition of cellular connectivity will transform the way people use Apple Watch, providing a new sense of freedom since they can stay connected with or without their iPhone. Apple Watch Series 3 combined with the power of watchOS 4 is the ultimate device for a healthy life.”
The Watch Series 3 includes other upgrades to previous models such as a 70% faster dual core processor, a new wireless chip for faster Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and a barometric altimeter to track outdoor activity including elevation gain.
The device also features a new operating system (watchOS4) which includes an updated Heart Rate app that measures users’ heart rate when resting and recovering, during workouts, walking and Breathe sessions. The device can also be set to send out a notification when a person’s heart rate is elevated above a specific level. Other fitness features include a new Workout app with high interval training and pool auto-sets, as well the ability to connect to certain cardio equipment for enhanced datasets. Watch Series 3 also includes new coaching features and is water resistance to 50 meters.
Unfortunately the device’s battery life will only last for around one day, quite a big reduction compared to the Series 2 which lasts around two days.
Apple has recently been targeting the digital health market and looks to be making a push towards healthcare. Earlier this year the company hired a digital health expert from Stanford and has recently filed a patent for a new electronic health device.
CNCB has reported that Apple is testing the Smart Watch Series 3 with clinicians at Stanford to see if the Watch’s heart rate sensor can detect abnormal heart rhythms.
The Watch Series 3 with GPS & Cellular will cost £399 and will launch September 22 in the UK, without cellular the device will cost £329.