Apple held its special announcement event in its new
Steve Jobs Theater
at Apple Park. While the big announcement was the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X, Jeff Williams also announced a new iteration of the
The most significant change coming to the
The Series 3 has a few other improvements as well. It has a new processor which is 70 percent faster. This higher processing speed gives Siri the ability to talk now. An upgraded wireless chip for Bluetooth and WiFi improves power efficiency by 50 percent. The power saving will help offset the cellular power consumption so that the battery life will remain about the same.
Even with the addition of the additional hardware within the watch, the casing will remain the same size overall. However, the rear bezel will be slightly thicker.
The new Apple Watch will come with gold, silver, or “Space Gray” finishes. The high-priced ceramic version will also be on offer in the original white and the new ceramic gray. Apple is also adding a variety of new bands to the mix as well.
To go along with the new hardware, Apple is introducing some new apps and functionality to
Thanks to the hardware improvements, users will also be able to stream music through the watch. Apple’s music streaming service now has over 40 million songs, which can stream directly through the watch. Music can also be streamed from one’s iCloud account as well.
The heart rate monitor also has new functionality. The Series 3 will be able to track your heart rate throughout the day and display it on a graph to give you a better view of your workouts and overall heart health. It will also be able to alert you when your heart rate is unexpectedly high, like while you are at rest. Focusing even more on heart health, Apple has started a program to use the Series 3’s heart monitor to spot signs of atrial fibrillation.
The new watchOS releases on September 19, while the Apple Watch Series 3 will be available to pre-order on September 15 and will start shipping September 22. The standard watch will sell for $329, and the cellular version will go for $399. Additionally, Apple is dropping the price of the Series 1 to $249.