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The Apple Watch Gains Autonomy At Last

by Cliff Raskind | Sep 12, 2017

Apple’s impressive launch of the new Apple Watch Series 3 with Cellular raises a host of key questions. 

For most consumers the issue with smartwatches has been that they don’t offer a lot compelling value beyond what can be done on a smartphone.  While Apple is not the first to market with an LTE smartwatch, will they be the first to really change that with the Apple Watch Series 3 with Cellular?  They will almost certainly boost cellular enabled wearables a great deal.

apple watch 3 with cellular

If they can, the question then becomes “how much of the iPhone’s functionality can the watch subsume?”  Or put another way, “how often will I want to leave my phone at home?” 

And, critically, what is the purchase psychology on “how much do I need to pay my operator for another connection for my Apple Watch?”

The whopper is of course “should I spend my hard earned money on a new iPhone 8 or the Apple Watch?”

Lastly, style has not really suffered for adding LTE, but will battery life? And just how much 4G use is assumed in 18 hours “mixed” use?

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