Apple Watch Series 3

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Apple Watch Series 3
Apple Watch official logo.svg
Also known asApple Watch 3
DeveloperApple Inc.
Product familyApple Watch
Generation3rd Generation
Release dateSeptember 22, 2017; 2 years ago (2017-09-22)
Units sold18,000,000 units (2017)
Operating systemWatchOS 6.1
CPUApple S3
PredecessorApple Watch Series 2
SuccessorApple Watch Series 4

The Apple Watch Series 1 and Apple Watch Series 2 are the second-generation model of the Apple Watch.[1][2] The Apple Watch Series 3 is the third-generation model of the Apple Watch which is the beginning to a new and improved generation of smart watches. This device was released on September 22, 2017, continuing the yearly upgrade followed by Apple's product release rates. As of December 2019, this device can be purchased with the basic feature of GPS for $199. To receive access to the cellular feature, buyers have to pay $299.[3]

Apple used advertising points to emphasize the need for this product to track fitness goals and have access to LTE with ease. The popular "3 Ring Goal" for tracking the users fitness level while the device is being used has been improved for accuracy and workout plans.[3] Apple Watch Series 3 follows 2016's Series 2 by adding cellular connectivity to an already successful recipe.[citation needed] The four major carriers (AT&T, Sprint Wireless, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless) all support Watch and the same phone number as your phone is used.


The Apple Watch Series 1 and 2 both had successful sales and product reviews, so Apple added key selling features and made improvements to the connection speed, Bluetooth, other adjustments to create a more dependable device. The main feature is the new built-in LTE cellular connectivity, offering voice and data communication and Apple Music streaming. This feature allows users to receive calls, messages, and other celluar needs from anywhere with a strong enough connection. Apple advertised the ability to make calls when you are out on the water.[3] The watch comes with an electronic SIM card[4][5] and shares the same mobile number as the user's iPhone. Add-on plans start at $10/month from the four major US carriers.[6]


Apple Watch Series 3 has a dual-core Apple S3 processor that is 70% faster than the Apple S2 and enables Siri voice responses. It features a Bluetooth 4.2 vs the 4.0 on older models allowing for a faster and stronger connection to the paired device. The cellular-capable watch has a red digital crown while the non-LTE version has a plain digital crown.[7] It has a built-in NFC chip which can be used for Apple Pay.[8] Apple claims 18 hours of battery life.[9] Each model through Series 3 comes in a 38- or 42-millimeter body, with the larger size having a slightly larger screen and battery. It also includes theISO 22810:2010 water resistant (up to 50 meters)[10] that was newly featured in the Apple Watch Series 2.


The Apple Watch Series 3 ships with watchOS 4, which has an updated Heart Rate app (including resting and recovery period monitoring), Workout app (with High Intensity Interval Training), as well as two-way data synchronization with GymKit-integrated cardio fitness equipment from companies such as Life Fitness, Technogym, Cybex, Schwinn, MS Artrix, Stair Master and Star Trac.[5][11][12][13]


Compatibility depends on the version of watchOS shipped on the device. As of September 2019, the Apple Watch Series 3 ships with watchOS 6 and officially requires an iPhone 6S or later with iOS 13 or later.[14]


  1. ^ Torres, Timothy. "Apple Watch Series 2 vs. Samsung Gear S3: Smartwatch Smackdown". PC Magazine. Retrieved September 12, 2016.
  2. ^ Graziano, Dan. "Apple Watch Series 2 vs. Samsung Gear S3 vs. Fitbit vs. Android Wear vs. Garmin vs. Pebble". CNET. Retrieved September 12, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "Apple Watch Series 3". Apple.
  4. ^ "The new Apple Watch works without a phone". The Verge. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Apple Watch Series 3 features built-in cellular and more". Apple Newsroom. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
  6. ^ Mills, Chris (September 13, 2017). "The Apple Watch Series 3 is going to cost you $10 per month, forever". BGR. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
  7. ^ "The New Apple Watch Series 3, Better Than Ever [Update]". The Mac Observer. September 12, 2017. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
  8. ^ "Apple Watch-compatible gym equipment will be ready by September". TechRadar. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
  9. ^ "Apple Watch - Compare Models". Apple (Australia). Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  10. ^ "Review: The absolutely optional Apple Watch and Watch OS 1.0". Ars Technica. Retrieved July 15, 2015.
  11. ^ Buhr, Sarah. "Apple's Watch 3 rolls out heart health and smart fitness features". TechCrunch. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
  12. ^ "watchOS 4 brings more intelligence and fitness features to Apple Watch". Apple Newsroom. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
  13. ^ "Apple Watch users can download watchOS 4 on September 19". Ars Technica. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
  14. ^ "Apple Watch Series 3 – Technical Specifications". Retrieved December 26, 2019.

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