Apple Watch Series 5 is here with an always-on display and newly added compass, but Apple’s $200 entry level model is worth a serious look for buyers on a budget. Apple Watch Series 3 matches the new Fitbit Versa 2 in price while offering much deeper iPhone integration.
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The next generation Apple Watch, Series 3 includes both LTE and non-LTE versions. The new Watches were announced at Apple’s September 12 event where the company also unveiled the iPhone 8/8 Plus and iPhone X and Apple TV 4K.
The LTE models use a virtual embedded SIM card to save on space are able to make calls, stream Apple Music, use Siri, and more independent of an iPhone or Wi-Fi network.
All Series 3 Apple Watches feature the new S3 processor with up to 70% faster performance and the new W2 to provide 85% faster Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections while being 50% more efficient.
Other improvements coming with the new Apple Watches include “Siri Speaks” and a doubling of the storage from 8GB to 16GB.
Apple has discontinued Series 2, so now the current lineup includes Series 1 and Series 3 Apple Watches.