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Apple Watch Series 3

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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, announced Tuesday, 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.

Price

In 2016, the Watch Series 2 ($369.00 at Apple) 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, £399 or AU$559 with LTE and $329, £329 or AU$459 without. 

This price is comparable to others in the space. Fitbit, one of the Watch’s biggest competitors, just launched its new Ionic smartwatch 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).

Apple Watch 3 Specs

Here are some of the features of the new Apple Watch 3 you can look forward to:

New WatchOS 4 operating system
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
Siri watch face
Maps
Location for Find My Friends, automatically switches to Watch when you’re away from your iPhone
WeChat is supportedWater resistant (well, “swimproof.”)
70 percent faster
Dual-coreImproved and faster wireless
Barometric altimeter added
Skiing and snowboarding apps for Apple Watch
Standalone LTE connectivity (Make calls without your iPhone!)
It will use the same phone number as your iPhone
The display acts as an antenna
Overall, it’s the same size as 2
Crystal at the bottom is 0.25mm bigger
New red crown and signal meter on LTE models
It will be compatible with the AirPower charger coming next yearSIM card
All day battery life (up to 18 hours!)

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.  

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Two new colors for the Apple Watch Series 3.

Screenshot by Alina Bradford/CNET

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Where to preorder

The Series 3 without cellular will be available in 26 countries. Preorders start 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. 

Discounts

Need a bargain? With the new watch announced, Apple Watch Series 1 gets a price cut. Here’s how to save money on a Watch. 

Editor’s note, 12.35 p.m. PT: This article has been updated with new information.

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(Excerpt) Read more at: CNET | 2017-09-13 02:00:25

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