Apple Watch 4 with LTE expands its reach across Europe

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Apple Watch Series 4
You might just double your money.
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The Apple Watch Series 4 with LTE connectivity is now available in Austria and Finland for the first time. You can order yours from Apple or select carrier partners, with prices starting at €529.

Apple’s newest wearable will also arrive in Israel later this week.

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Apple apps no longer dominate App Store search results.
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Apple’s awesome chip team is now designing iPhone modems

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Johny Srouji’s team is in charge of modem development.
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Apple has shifted to in-house modem chip engineering led by senior vice president of hardware technologies Johny Srouji, according to a new report.

The move all but confirms that Apple will develop its own cellular chips for future iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch models after years of sourcing them from Intel and Qualcomm.

China blocks LTE on Apple Watch Series 3

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New customers cannot sign up due to security concerns.
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Apple fans in China who coughed up more cash for an Apple Watch with LTE almost certainly regret that decision today. The government has reportedly blocked the feature after brief availability with one carrier due to security concerns.

How does Apple Watch’s innovative eSIM work?

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The Apple Watch's cellular connectivity is the big new feature. But how does it work?
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Apple Watch Series 3 is Apple’s best smartwatch yet. It’s faster, packed full of new features in watchOS 4, and it boasts amazing new cellular connectivity (if you pay more for the LTE model). This is all made possible with a built-in antenna, a UMTS radio, and an eSIM. But how does it work?

Check out the video below to find out.

Apple Watch 3 reviews: LTE is big, but battery life suffers

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Get yours for as little as $259.
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Early reviews of the Apple Watch Series 3 are now dropping ahead of its official debut on Friday, September 22. If you’re still in two minds about whether you should upgrade, they should help you make that all-important decision.

The general consensus is that LTE is a great addition to Apple’s wearable lineup. Just don’t expect a drastically different experience, and prepare yourself for some early teething troubles.

Apple Watch 3 teardown uncovers bigger battery, small changes

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Everything that goes into an Apple Watch Series 3.
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Apple Watch Series 3 may look identical to its predecessors on the outside, but it’s a different beast under the hood, with powerful new hardware, new chips, and LTE connectivity.

A customary teardown by iFixit has also revealed a bigger battery, and one very minor design alteration to make room for new components.