Apple Watch Series 3 is in final testing phase

Apple Watch Series 3 is in final testing phase
August 18 17:08 2017

A third-generation Apple Watch with LTE has reportedly entered the “final testing phase” in the manufacturing process ahead of its planned September reveal alongside iPhone 8.

According to a new Chinese-language Economic Daily News report yesterday, cited by DigiTimes, the Wi-Fi and cellular Series 3 models have now entered the final testing phase.

The devices will come in 38mm and 42mm sizes, like the current models, indicating the Apple Watch Series 4 family will be most likely compatible with all of the existing bands.

The report added that the next Apple Watch would come with enhanced battery life and the much expected phone calling function without the need for a paired iPhone nearby.

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However, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has predicted that LTE models won’t support cellular voice calling at launch because Apple would presumably focus on delivering data to users faster before enabling cellular voice calling via a software update next year.

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Kuo separately wrote that the device won’t look much different from existing models.

While Apple will likely announce Apple Watch Series 3 alongside iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus and iPhone 8 at a media event in September, the wearable device probably won’t start shipping until later in the fourth quarter.

Indeed, today’s report states that the sole Apple Watch manufacturer Quanta Computer will begin shipping Series 3 models to Apple in the fourth quarter of 2017 at the earliest.

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