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Apple unveils Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE connectivity

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Apple has announced the new Apple Watch Series 3. The official welcome to the third-generation Apple Watch took place at the company’s Special Event in Apple Park’s Steve Jobs Theater.

The new Apple Watch Series 3 looks and feels same as its predecessor, although the back is 0.25mm more thick, but packs big surprises inside (if you’re not aware of any Apple leaks prior). Among all, the Apple-branded wrist wearable now comes with LTE support. Yes, and that’s changing almost everything here. But, there’s a non-LTE version, too.

Apple Watch Series 3

The Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE helps you stay connected even while your iPhone is away, or is not within the range with your watch. Making calls, receiving texts don’t require an iPhone now, of course, only if you’ve an Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE that ships later later this month. The watch has room for water resistance outfit and can go up to 50 meters under water. Although, you can’t use it for scuba diving or waterskiing. There’s also a biometric altimeter that helps with tracking and outdoor workouts.

Apple Watch is now the world’s number one watch

Apple Watch Series 3 features a full LTE and UTMS cellular radio that switches to cellular when away from iPhone. There’s no need to maintain an additional number, as the watch will use your iPhone’s. Apple has gone too small for the SIM card on Apple Watch, with an electronic SIM that is over one-hundredth the size of a nano SIM.

Thinking about antenna? Well, the Apple Watch Series 3’s display itself is an antenna, an industry-first approach to antenna design. What that means is the display is used for both transmitting and receiving signal for LTE and UTMS. The Watch Series 3 will allow you to stream 40 million songs right from the wrist, no iPhone required, to your AirPods.

Now moving to the part that you don’’t see until you open up the Apple Watch literally. The Apple Watch Series 3 is powered by the S3, Apple’s architecture featuring faster dual-core processor. Courtesy of the S3, Apple Watch now has quicker app launch times, smoother graphics, and a very interactive Siri. For the first time, Siri on Apple Watch can talk to you!

Making WiFi 85-percent faster, and Bluetooth and WiFi 50-percent more power efficient, Apple Watch Series 3 uses a new chip called W2, which is likely the successor to the W1 chip found on AirPods. Battery life remains the same, 18 hours long.

Apple Watch Series 3 Ceramic

Running watchOS 4, the new Apple Watch Series 3 will come in gold, silver, or space gray color, with new band colors and styles. The LTE edition has a red digital crown and an exclusive “explorer” watch face that will display cellular connection. Apple is also offering a dark gray ceramic case. Continuing the partnership, Apple and Hermes are launching new models that will feature designer bands and watchfaces, pricing starting at $1,149.

Apple Watch Series 3 starts at $399 (USD) for the LTE edition, while the non-LTE model settles at $329 (USD). Additionally, the Watch Series 1 will be available for $249 (USD). Pre-orders start on September 15, with retail availability beginning September 22. Please refer to this page for supported carriers around the world for Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE.

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Apple Support hits YouTube with iOS tips and tricks

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Apple’s brand new YouTube channel has quite a lot to teach you, especially if you’re getting started with your iPhone or iPad. Published under Apple Support banner, the new YouTube channel from Apple provides tips, tricks, and how-tos — straight from Apple.

It has been a day since the channel appeared to the public, with a collection of ten how-to videos (at launch) that teach you how to take screenshots, send attachments in Mail, change the wallpaper, delete call logs, and more. Apple Support how-to videos are under two minutes of length, and provide easy step-by-step instructions, with bullet points on screen.

This isn’t the first time Apple Support became more accessible; Apple expanded the support service to Twitter early last year. And now, YouTube. Apple will continue adding more tips and tricks to this part of YouTube over time, but we’re not sure just how often.

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Apple started woking on HomePod in 2012

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Apple started working on the Siri-powered HomePod smart speaker back in 2012, according to a new report. Well, that’s just a year after Siri’s debut on the iPhone 4S.

The report says HomePod was cancelled and revived several times since then.

Two years later, the project got an official codename (B238), and was moved to Valley Green 1 office (near Apple’s headquarters) under Apple’s accessories division.

Apple designers came up with different prototypes for the speaker; one of which was a 3 feet tall model, while another featured a ‘flat panel with a mesh screen on the front.’ The company also considered different color variants for the device initially, but the finished product ended up being black, and white.

Apple even considered selling the HomePod under Beats brand name, however, it scrapped the idea.

Apple’s HomePod was originally designed to be a superior speaker than the likes of JBL, Bose, and Harman Kardon, the report claims. Perhaps that’s why Apple isn’t allowing app ecosystem for HomePod, unlike Amazon’s Echo, which is a standalone product with over thousands of skills (voice-activated apps). HomePod appears to be more of an accessory than a platform, as it is heavily dependent on iPhone than cloud, with Siri being one of the key selling points.

The company did study Amazon Echo when it launched in 2014, but the inferior sound quality couldn’t impress Apple engineers back then, and they went to work on something that sounded better.

Despite the delay in HomePod’s launch, Apple is reportedly expected to sell 4 million HomePod units next year, according to the source. A holiday season without an actual competitor is definitely a good sales time for Amazon (and Google, too).

/ Bloomberg

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Apple delays HomePod launch until early 2018

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Apple’s new smart-speaker has been delayed until early 2018. HomePod won’t be in Apple’s 2017 product launch list, confirmed the company.

Apple issued a statement to John Paczkowski, which mentioned the company needs ‘a little more time’ to get the smart-speaker ready for customers. The HomePod will not be released this year, rather early next year.

Apple announced HomePod during this year’s WWDC back in June, and is supposed to be one of the biggest product launches in Apple’s space. However, the company didn’t even mention HomePod during its September Special Event. And now we know why!

With holiday season already arrived, it would be a good sales time for rival companies in smart-speaker business (like Amazon and Google) to cover the market, while Apple fans will have to bypass this season to get their hands on the HomePod.

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