Developers found no reference to Apple Watch Series 3 in the iOS 11 GM code, but we’re still confident the new wearable will get its grand unveiling tomorrow.
The device has already appeared inside iOS 11 itself, and now it’s even popping up in the official Verizon app.
The iOS 11 GM, which has spilled all kinds of secrets about iPhone X and Apple TV 4K, cast some doubt over an Apple Watch Series 3 unveiling on Tuesday. When digging around inside its code, developers found no reference to anything other than Series 1 and 2 devices.
Interesting… there’s no “Apple Watch Series 3” name references on iOS 11 GM internal files. pic.twitter.com/F7qCX7LOnx
— Filipe Espósito (@filipeesposito) September 10, 2017
But don’t worry. An image of an Apple Watch with LTE capabilities was earlier spotted inside the iOS 11 software itself, and now the official Verizon app has all but confirmed its launch is imminent. Apple Watch Series 3 briefly appeared as a device setup option earlier today.
The option didn’t stick around for long before Verizon pulled it, according to Reddit, but the fact that it appeared at all shows the carrier is making preparations for Series 3’s arrival. We’re expecting the device to be available for pre-order this Friday, alongside the new iPhone lineup.
Aside from LTE connectivity and slightly more powerful internals, it’s unlikely Series 3 will be vastly different to Series 2. But cellular connectivity alone, which means you’ll be able to use apps and receive notifications without being connected to an iPhone, will be big enough for many.
Apple’s special event kicks off at 10 a.m. Pacific tomorrow from the Steve Jobs Theater in Apple Park. We’ll be live-blogging the whole thing right here on Cult of Mac, so stay tuned for all the juicy details as they break.