The Apple Watch is now the number one watch in the world, according to Apple, with a 97 percent customer satisfaction rate to boot. Its latest version, available for preorder now, adds an LTE cellular connection so you can make calls and stream songs without having to be carrying your iPhone.
So you're excited for the new Apple Watch 3? Here's what you need to know and where to get your preorder.
In 2016, the Watch Series 2 ($289 at Walmart) was released with a starting price of $369. This was $20 higher than the price of the original model. This time around, the 3 is priced at $399, with LTE and $329 without. That's £399 or £329 in the UK, and AU$559 or AU$459 in Australia.
This price is comparable to others in the space. Fitbit, one of the Watch's biggest competitors, just launched its newsmartwatch for $300, £300 or AU$450, and it ships in October.
As usual, there are fancier versions of the Series 3 that cost a premium. For example, the stainless steel case with a soft white band starts at $599 (£599, AU$849), the stainless steel case with Milanese loop starts at $699 (£699, AU$979) and the space black stainless steel case with space black Milanese loop starts at $749 (£749, AU $1,049). There are also exclusive Nike faces and bands that start at $329 (£329, AU$459).
Remember that larger wrist bands adds around $30, £30 or AU$40 to the price. Also, the LTE-equipped Apple Watches require a phone plan on top of the plan for your phone. The service will cost you anon major carriers such as AT&T, Sprint, Verizon or T-Mobile. They are offering three months free, though.
Apple Watch 3 Specs
Here are some of the features of the new Apple Watch 3 you can look forward to:
- Upgraded heart rate monitor ("Apple Watch is the most used heart rate monitor in the world," Apple says.)
- Access Apple Music straight from your Apple Watch
- Smarter Siri that works faster
- Customizable watch faces
- Location for Find My Friends, automatically switches to Watch when you're away from your iPhone
- WeChat is supported
- Water resistant (well, "swimproof.")
- 70 percent faster
- Improved and faster wireless
- Barometric altimeter added
- Standalone LTE connectivity (Make calls and get alerts from your apps without your iPhone!)
- It will use the same phone number as your iPhone
- The phone antenna is built into the display
- Compatible with the AirPower charger coming next year
- All day battery life (up to 18 hours of light use, but only around
- Plus, you can also choose from new colors. There will be new Hermes bands and watch face styles, and gray ceramic and blush gold finishes.
Where to preorder
The Series 3 ($480 at Amazon Marketplace) without cellular will be available in 26 countries. Preorders started Friday, Sept. 15. The Watch will become available on Friday, Sept. 22 in the US and UK, and Oct. 5 in Australia. You can get your preorder in at the Apple Store app on an iOS device or by visiting apple.com/watch.
Update, Sept. 15: Updated to reflect preorders opening.