Apple Watch Series 3 – Big update is making the best smartwatch even better

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Apple Watch Series 3The all-new Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular went on sale last month allowing users to get messages and take calls without needing an iPhone in their pocket. With a clever in-built SIM tucked inside its case the Apple Watch Series 3 truly allows users to free themselves from their smartphone whilst still staying connected.

Express.co.uk has been using this new wearable since launch and it is, without doubt, the best smartwatch on the market. You can read our full Apple Watch Series 3 review here.

However, this device is about to get even better with the launch of a major software update. watchOS 4.1 is coming before the end of October and allows users to stream Apple Music tracks and albums directly from the Watch.

This means you can head out for a run or take a walk to the shops and have access to millions of songs without ever needing your phone.

We’ve been testing this new feature for the past few days and it really makes the Apple Watch even more appealing.

Songs stream without any buffering and there’s plenty of music which is easily accessible from the watch face or by simply asking Siri to find your favourite tracks. You can also use the Music app to scroll through the cover art of your local music and browse everything in your music library.

Plus a new Radio App can navigate to live and curated stations from Apple Music. It’s clever stuff and adds to the cellular features such as booking a taxi, using maps or even checking the football scores without the need for a phone.

It’s worth noting that the Apple Watch will always find the most battery efficient way of getting online but using cellular for long periods is likely to make a dent in the daily performance. Of course, to make all this tech work you are going to need to invest headily in this device.

Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular prices start from £399 direct from Apple or £25 per month on an EE contract. EE’s monthly deal offers unlimited data which is a big bonus if you are thinking of streaming lots of music via the Watch.

You’ll also need to some wireless headphones, such as AirPods, as there’s no way to listen via a wired connection. Apple Music subscription prices start from £9.99 per month and this is needed to make full use of the new Watch functionality.

It’s also worth noting that EE is currently the only operator that has compatibility with the Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular and you must have an iPhone with an EE SIM plan as the watch can’t be setup without one.

Clearly, if you don’t have any of the above, buying the Apple Watch Series 3 is a big investment but this is officially the best smartwatch on the market and, with this new update coming very soon, it’s only going to get better

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