Apple Watch (smartwatch)
Smartwatch is one of the most popular gadgets today. Whether you are young or old, people wear them for different purposes such as convenience, necessity, or fashion. So, what is a smartwatch? A smartwatch is a watch that you wear on your wrist, and it basically replicates some of the functions of your smartphone. Smartwatches have evolved over the years and have become even more advanced. One of the first smartwatches that I remember is the Fitbit. Fitbit came out in 2013 and tracked the amount of steps you took as well as your sleeping patterns. In my opinion, the most revolutionary smartwatch was the first Apple Watch that came out in 2015, which is now considered the Series 1 because there are other models. The Apple Watch was one of the first popular “watch phones” that has similar functionality as your smartphone.
Now the latest Apple Watch is the Series 3. Not much of the watch design has changed, but the features and technology has improved tremendously. The Apple Watch Series 3 has a faster dual core Apple S3 processer and Apple W2 wireless chipset. It supports Bluetooth 4.2 and 802.11n Wi-Fi. The Series 3 also has a water resistant rating at 50 meters. Siri support is now built into watchOS 4, allowing you to ask Siri questions that you want answered, set reminders, share locations and more. The watch is great for swimmers who want to track their exercises, people who want to track their sleep cycles, or even for busy working parents who want to get immediate notifications in case they get a call from daycare or from their children’s schools.
The Apple Watch Series 3 comes with built-in support for GPS. Some additional sensors include the accelerometer, gyroscope, and heart-rate sensor. It also includes a barometric altimeter to measure flights of stairs you climbed. This is especially an excellent way to monitor your health condition by knowing your heart rate at all times.
The Apple Watch Series 3 comes in two different models: a GPS only model or GPS and Cellular model. It also comes in two different watch face dimensions, a 38mm and a 42mm, with different cases and straps. Typically, 38mm is more preferred by women and 42mm is more worn by men. I recently bought my wife the GPS only model as an anniversary present, and she absolutely loves everything about it. As mentioned above about being useful for parents, my wife is a teacher, and it is difficult for her to check her phone periodically throughout the day. However, being able to look at her phone through her Apple Watch, she can check messages and answer calls in case she receives and emergency calls.
The built-in LTE cellular feature is only available on Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) models. This allows for greater independence from your paired iPhone. Apple has also included an embedded eSIM. The eSIM copies information from your paired iPhone’s SIM card allowing you to share phone numbers. Setting up the Apple Watch Series 3 for LTE usage is very simple and is completed through the Watch application on your iPhone. The built-in cellular features require a carrier service plan that specifically includes support for the watch, and including the carrier activating the device on the plan.