The New Apple Watch Doesn't Need Your iPhone

Joanna Estrada
September 13, 2017

The original Apple Watch started at £299 and there is a possibility the Watch will struggle to sell if Apple price it any higher. At its September event in California the firm's executives are appearing on stage to demonstrate its latest technologies.

Apple chief executive Tim Cook was speaking at the Apple keynote, where a raft of product news is expected.

The latest update isn't as big of an update as watchOS 3 was past year.

Ten years after introducing the world to the iPhone, Apple is giving its signature product an overhaul. "The edge-to-edge 5.7" Super Retina Display OLED screen with 458 PPI.

Apple is also offering the ability to unlock the phone with facial recognition rather than a fingerprint or passcode. Dubbed FaceID, it's based around neural networks and machine learning and uses infrared sensors to identify the user's face. The company demoed making a phone call from the Watch which also showed off a clear audio sound.

Apple has confirmed the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, which both have a glass back and are made of "aerospace-grade" aluminium. The new watch will come with Apple's latest smartwatch software preinstalled, dubbed WatchOS 4, which brings improvements to the watch's heart rate monitoring and other new features.

The iPhone 8 will feature a 12 megapixel camera, while the 8 plus will include 12 megapixel dual cameras.

Pricing starts at $699 for the iPhone 8 and $799 for the iPhone 8 Plus. They'll be available for order September 15 and get it on September 22. The watch will be available on September 22. Many Android phones, including Samsung's, already have this.

Music lovers will also love this new update as watchOS 4 intelligently syncs your most listened-to tracks on the fly and manages to even hold more of it so that you are ready to go at any given time. The S designation might have given consumers the impression that the new phones are mere incremental updates from the current iPhone 7.

It is priced at $329 for watch with cellular connectivity and $329 without it. Internally, the watch is powered by a new W2 chip which is 50 percent more power efficient, plus 85 percent faster Wi-Fi. In the United Kingdom the Series 3 will be made available with EE.

Apple at its annual event today launched the third edition of the Apple Watch.

Rumours that Apple could release the next Apple Watch this year have intensified following a report that shows its manufacturer is expected to enjoy strong growth in the second-half of 2017.

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