Apple Watch 3 With LTE Will Let You Make Calls, Send Texts without iPhone

Apple is about to announce the Apple Watch 3 which will include built-in LTE so you can use it to make calls and send texts without your iPhone within reach. Rumored for months, but two new leaks confirm that this is coming this month and will be featured at tomorrow’s Apple event.

For a short time Verizon listed the Apple Watch Series 3 on the My Verizon app, under connected devices and a massive iOS 11 leak over the weekend included an Apple Watch 3 with the iOS 11 signal bars on the screen and other hints at a connected device.

The Apple Watch 3 with LTE as discovered by 9to5Mac and Reddit user tarheel34.
The Apple Watch 3 with LTE as discovered by 9to5Mac and Reddit user tarheel34.

This is one of the biggest reasons you should wait to buy the Apple Watch 3, especially since we expect that it will arrive on store shelves later this month with tons of new features that WatchOS 4.0 can’t bring to your current Apple Watch.

Over the weekend 9to5Mac shared details discovered in the leaked iOS 11 GM, including the Apple Watch app showing off the new Apple Watch 3 with LTE. You can see it above on the left side of the image and in the video below 9t05Mac shares more details about this development. You can also see some of the new Apple Watch 3 colors in the Watch app on iOS 11.

A user on Reddit shared a screenshot of the My Verizon app showing the Apple Watch Series 3 listed under Connected devices. This indicates that it will feature LTE so that you can make calls, send texts and more without your iPhone.

One of the interesting features noted on the 9to5Mac video is the presence of a Maps complication. With GPS and LTE, you should be able to pull up directions on the Apple Watch 3 and use it to get around without carrying an iPhone with you. Although there were some reports that the Apple Watch 3 wouldn’t be able to make calls right out of the gate, the latest rumors suggest there will be a good deal of connectivity available to apps and the watch with LTE.

We don’t know yet which apps will have access to the LTE connection and what they will be able to do with it just yet. While you can likely make calls, use Siri and get directions all while streaming Apple Music, we don’t know if this will include support for the upcoming Spotify Apple Watch app to stream your music while on the go. Keep in mind that you will still likely need the iPhone to manage¬†the Apple Watch, and there has been no indication of an Android Apple Watch app to manage those options.

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Wait for Better Apple Watch 3 Deals

Wait for Better Apple Watch 3 Deals

The Apple Watch 3 is brand new, but we could see our first major Apple Watch 3 Deals arrive during Black Friday. Traditionally we see big gift card bonuses available from Target and Best Buy that cut the price of the new Apple Watch significantly. 

If you don't want to pay full price, you should at least wait to see what happens during November. While some of these deals will require you to go stand in line, we typically see a few that are online so you don't necessarily need to give up on Thanksgiving dinner or sleeping in on Black Friday if you want a deal. 

We saw Kohl's offer $150 in Kohl's Cash when you bought the Appel Watch Series 2 during Black Friday and we could see a repeat this year on the GPS models without LTE. 

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  1. […] early September we see a leak of the Apple Watch 3 showing LTE connectivity options and we also see it appear on the Verizon app just days before the Apple […]

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