Apple announces new Watch with cellular connection, TV with 4K compatibility

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Apple teams up with Stanford, American Well to test smartwatch heart monitoring capabilities
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13 September, 2017

With watchOS 4, Apple is pushing the Apple Watch to its limits and bringing new features to users that are surely going to please.

Apple is also taking advantage of its heart rate technology (it's the most-used heart rate monitor in the world, says Apple COO Jeff Williams) to launch a new initiative to help detect irregular heartbeats, or arrhythmias. There's an improved heartrate app which now displays your heart rate on the watch face. Now, the watch will surface your current heart-rate whenever you raise your wrist to check the time, and the device will also constantly calculate your base HR.

The Apple TV app will also come to the United Kingdom for the first time by the end of the year.

Apple showcased a selection of apps and games that will be supporting the augmented reality software developer kit (ARKit), which was announced earlier this year at the Worldwide Developer Conference.

Apple Watch Series 3 will come in cellular and non-cellular version.

Apple just revealed the newest version of its smartwatch: the Apple Watch Series 3.

Apple Watch 3 sticks with the square-faced form factor of Apple Watch 2, expanding its range of bands rather than completely overhauling the existing design. To do this, Apple has developed an electronic SIM to let the Watch connect to cellular networks. But often, it's asymptomatic, making it hard for people to know if they have it. Apple's Cook said the company's Watch sales grew 50% year-over-year. Apple announced that watchOS 4 will be rolling out to Apple Watch starting September 19.

You can use Maps on the go, stream songs and access Siri, directly on the watch.

AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon will offer cellular Apple Watch Series 3 devices in the US, with availability beginning September 22. That way consumers can leave their phone but still be connected via their watch. So there is no need for the smartwatch to constantly paired with the iPhone, and yet able to make calls, receive texts and screen Apple Music.

On Twitter, Jay Parkinson, M.D., the founder and CEO of the online doctor platform Sherpaa, raised concerns that the partnership between Apple and American Well could lead to unnecessary testing and higher healthcare costs.

Apple shares rose 1.1% to $163.30 after the company discussed the Watch. Third party apps such as WeChat are supported over the cellular functionality, said Apple at the time of the launch. The Series 3 watch will have the same number as your iPhone.


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