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Apple Watch 3 Review Round-up: Reliability in Question

Apple Watch 3 Review Round-up: Reliability in Question

The first reviews of the Apple Watch Series 3 seem to be a bit of a mixed bag. While some reviews suggest that the device doesn't have great LTE reception, there was an Apple statement made to reviewers just before reviews began about an update in the pipeline. Meanwhile the most positive remarks seem to center on the processing power and elements that've been in play before - strengthened now beyond any previous generation. Then there's that red dot on the LTE model...

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KGI: iPhone X, Apple Watch 3 LTE pre-orders are looking good

KGI: iPhone X, Apple Watch 3 LTE pre-orders are looking good

There should really be no surprise here. It is almost always the case that some unpopular change that Apple is rumored to make is expected to negatively affect sales or pre-orders but reality turns out to be different. Such is the case, again, with the super expensive iPhone X and the LTE-model of the Apple Watch 3 which were predicted to only make up a fraction of Apple’s sales. Even KGI, who employs renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, thought so. But, guess what? The Apple Watch 3 LTE might actually make up 90% of pre-orders, while the iPhone X has already affected the iPhone 8’s sales.

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T-Mobile backtracks: Apple Watch Series 3 will now get LTE speeds

T-Mobile backtracks: Apple Watch Series 3 will now get LTE speeds

Good news for T-Mobile customers planning on getting the new Apple Watch Series 3: less than a day after revealing that the new LTE-enabled smartwatch would be limited to 3G speeds on its network, T-Mobile has reversed its stance and says users will get full 4G LTE data speeds. The carrier's CEO John Legere revealed the change on Twitter, acknowledging users' "frustrations" and "feedback."

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Apple Watch 3 battery info means you’ll be charging more often

Apple Watch 3 battery info means you’ll be charging more often

The Apple Watch 3 has just broken cover and it sported a feature that the Apple faithful have been expecting since the Apple Watch 2: LTE connectivity. But that added functionality doesn’t come without a figurative cost and the biggest hit is on the battery. Apple knows too well that it will be users’ primary concern, so it put up a dedicated web page for the Apple Watch 3’s 18 hour battery life. Or 1 hour, depending on how you use it.

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Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE hands-on

Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE hands-on

Despite an enthusiastic start with smartwatches, my wrist has, for the past six months at least, stayed conspicuously bare of tech. The new Apple Watch Series 3 might well change that. Somehow managing to squeeze in cellular connectivity, the LTE Apple Watch begs a spot on my wrist by virtue of its iPhone-free existence.

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Apple Watch might soon be able to detect heart problems

Apple Watch might soon be able to detect heart problems

Makers of fitness trackers or any device with health-related sensors are often careful to remind their customers that these gadgets, advanced as they may be, shouldn't be considered as conclusive medical data or replace professional opinion. Apple, however, might be going in a different direction and might soon advertise the Apple Watch as a potential medical aid. Sources close to the matter claim that Apple is working with Standford and telemedicine company American Well to determine if the wearable is accurate and sensitive enough to reliably detect abnormal heart rhythms.

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iOS 11 GM offers new LTE Apple Watch details

iOS 11 GM offers new LTE Apple Watch details

Friday evening saw the leak of iOS 11 GM — the "Golden Master," or the finalized version of the software that will be released by Apple next week following the September 12th media event. As you'd expect, this means details on some of the new products and features are being discovered before their announcement. One of the biggest surprises is mention of a new Apple Watch model with support for LTE connections.

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Michael Kors Access Sofie, Grayson smartwatches now available

Michael Kors Access Sofie, Grayson smartwatches now available

Pretty soon, you might no longer see an LG or Huawei branded smartwatches in stores. The smartwatch market has seemingly swung back into the hands of watch makers, which might bode well for these wearables in the long run. That said, it might also be expected that smartwatches will also get more expensive. Like the new Sofie and Grayson smart timepieces from Michael Kors’ Access line, which are as expensive as they are pretty.

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Android Wear 1.0 will also get standalone apps

Android Wear 1.0 will also get standalone apps

Android Wear apps have the ability to be installed and used independently of a smartphone app, but there are two catches. One is that the smartwatch needs to be able to connect to the Internet on its own, but only if the need arises. The other, harder requirement is that they are running Android Wear 2.0. Older smartwatches are more than capable of meeting the first requirement but may never see the light of Android Wear 2.0. Fortunately, Google has decided to bring at least that part of Android Wear 2.0 to first generation smartwatches, allowing developers and users to enjoy standalone smartwatch apps.

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Fossil Q Venture, Q Explorist bring their round faces to market

Fossil Q Venture, Q Explorist bring their round faces to market

There has been a sudden rush of new smartwatches, not just hybrid ones, this week, thanks to IFA 2017. Although it remains to be seen whether the surge will be enough to truly lift up the market, smartwatch makers, who are now joined by Fitbit, remain hopeful. Fossil, for example, has finally made available the Fossil Q Venture and Fossil Q Explorist smartwatches it announced in August, increasing the number of
Android Wear devices that at long last no loner have a flat tire.

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Garmin Vivoactive 3 debuts Garmin Pay in GPS fitness watch

Garmin Vivoactive 3 debuts Garmin Pay in GPS fitness watch

Garmin has taken the wraps off its latest fitness-centric smartwatch, the Vivoactive 3, debuting its own Garmin Pay mobile payments system. The smartwatch, launched at IFA 2017, has a circular color touchscreen and comes with GPS baked-in for tracking exercise sessions without needing you to carry your smartphone. With this latest model, you can also buy some cake mid-run without needing your wallet.

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ZeTime smartwatch’s odd mix of mechanical and digital launching soon

ZeTime smartwatch’s odd mix of mechanical and digital launching soon

It seems that there is suddenly a renewed effort to push smartwatches, or trackers that look like smartwatches, again to the forefront this week. From Fitbit’s Ionic to Samsung’s Gear Sport and Gear Fit2 Pro, companies are taking yet another stab at wearables on your wrist. Taking advantage of the renewed interest, MyKronoz is announcing that its rather unique ZeTime smartwatch will be launching next month, giving the market yet another kind of analog and digital hybrid.

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