Apple is about to announce the Apple Watch 3 which will include built-in LTE so you can use it to make calls and send texts without your iPhone within reach. Rumored for months, but two new leaks confirm that this is coming this month and will be featured at tomorrow’s Apple event.
For a short time Verizon listed the Apple Watch Series 3 on the My Verizon app, under connected devices and a massive iOS 11 leak over the weekend included an Apple Watch 3 with the iOS 11 signal bars on the screen and other hints at a connected device.
This is one of the biggest reasons you should wait to buy the Apple Watch 3, especially since we expect that it will arrive on store shelves later this month with tons of new features that WatchOS 4.0 can’t bring to your current Apple Watch.
Over the weekend 9to5Mac shared details discovered in the leaked iOS 11 GM, including the Apple Watch app showing off the new Apple Watch 3 with LTE. You can see it above on the left side of the image and in the video below 9t05Mac shares more details about this development. You can also see some of the new Apple Watch 3 colors in the Watch app on iOS 11.
A user on Reddit shared a screenshot of the My Verizon app showing the Apple Watch Series 3 listed under Connected devices. This indicates that it will feature LTE so that you can make calls, send texts and more without your iPhone.
One of the interesting features noted on the 9to5Mac video is the presence of a Maps complication. With GPS and LTE, you should be able to pull up directions on the Apple Watch 3 and use it to get around without carrying an iPhone with you. Although there were some reports that the Apple Watch 3 wouldn’t be able to make calls right out of the gate, the latest rumors suggest there will be a good deal of connectivity available to apps and the watch with LTE.
We don’t know yet which apps will have access to the LTE connection and what they will be able to do with it just yet. While you can likely make calls, use Siri and get directions all while streaming Apple Music, we don’t know if this will include support for the upcoming Spotify Apple Watch app to stream your music while on the go. Keep in mind that you will still likely need the iPhone to manage the Apple Watch, and there has been no indication of an Android Apple Watch app to manage those options.
Wait if You Want Better Battery Life
Apple boosted battery life dramatically from the first Apple Watch to the current Apple Watch Series 2, and rumors indicate that the Apple Watch 3 battery life will see more gains.
The Economic Daily News, via DigiTimes, reported in early 2017 that Apple plans to deliver better battery life for the Apple Watch Series 3. This report is from early 2017. Battery life is an area that Apple continues to focus, and we could see efficiencies in the processor and display deliver better overall battery life on a new Apple Watch.
This is good news for users who want an Apple Watch that can last through a weekend of camping or outdoor activities without the need to bring the charger or a battery pack. If you want more than two days of battery life, you should wait to see what the Apple Watch 3 battery life numbers look like this fall.
Longer battery life would help unlock more useful Apple Watch sleep tracking abilities while still allowing owners to use the Apple Watch the next day.