Apple just introduced a new Watch — the Series 3 — and its crowning feature is built-in 4G connectivity, so you can use it away from your phone. And good news: we're getting it in Australia, on our major telco networks.
Optus, Telstra and Vodafone have been confirmed as launch partners for the 4G-connected Apple Watch Series 3. Apparently there are launch offers on the way from each, too. The Apple Watch Series 3 only has an eSIM rather than a traditional hardware nanoSIM and SIM tray, which means that Australia's network carriers are going to have to change their infrastructure to suit.
The Series 3 comes in silver, space grey and gold aluminium finishes as well as silver and space black stainless steel — those cases are slightly heavier, so the aluminium is a smarter choice if you're exercising regularly. Like the last Watch it's water resistant but this one's faster and supports Siri voice.
The Apple Watch Series 3 will start from $459 for the 38mm aluminium GPS version and $499 for the 42mm. The GPS + cellular Apple Watch Series 3 will be $559 and $599 for 38mm and 42mm respectively. You can only buy the stainless steel case in GPS + cellular for $849 in 38mm and $919 in 42mm.
When can you buy it? Here's the release date for the new Watch, straight from Apple:
"Customers will be able to order Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) beginning Friday September 15, with availability beginning Friday September 22 in Australia." The Apple Watch Nike+ will be out on October 5.
There's also new Watch bands available now.