Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Watch in Brief

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Watch in Brief

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A quick look at Apple's Series 3 watch reveals a host of fresh features fine-tuning its wearable tech

I'VE been wearing an Apple Watch since day one, and love it most of all because its whole reason for existing is to help you use your phone less. And I wanted to use my phone less - every time I reached for my phone pocket instinctively in a rare millisecond of downtime I thought of it as a failure. I still do. What could be going on in the phone that's more interesting than what's going on in the real world? Nothing, of course.

The Apple Watch brought me freedom from that. And it's changed the way I use my phone.

Now there's a new Apple Watch, the Series 3, which takes this idea still further - its headline new feature is that you can connect it to the mobile network and use almost all its features without even having your phone with you.

You still need an iPhone to pair your Apple Watch with, but you don't need it in your pocket.

You would not want to use your Apple Watch Series 3 exclusively. It's made for keeping you connected in those places you may not want to take your phone - on the beach (it's waterproof) or at the gym.

You can send and receive messages, make phone calls, find directions with Maps (it has built-in GPS, too), find your friends, send and receive email, check the weather, read the news, and even tell the time.

Soon you'll also be able to listen to Apple Music's millions of songs via the watch, too - which will no doubt mean snagging a pair of Apple's AirPod headphones (£159), which they say work seamlessly with the watch.

AirPods and Apple Watch should, in fact, be a killer combination for a lot of what the watch can do, including interacting with Siri.

I had some issues with setting up the Series 3 to work with the mobile network - it works only on the EE network at the moment, and if you already have a plan you can add a Series 3 to it for £5-a-month for 10GB of data. This kicks in only after a generous six months of free unlimited service.

Getting the plan set up and getting messages to work without the phone was troublesome, but turning everything on and off, and logging out of everything and back in fixed it. …

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