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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Is Apple Watch 3 worth the upgrade fee?
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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.

You can now download bigger iOS apps over cellular

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There is no room for a "Free App of the Week" in the new App Store.
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Series 3 vs. Series 1: Which Apple Watch is right for you?

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Series 3 has landed, but is it the best model for you?
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Apple Watch Series 3 is now on sale, with prices starting at $329. If you want LTE connectivity — and you will — you’ll be coughing up at least $399.

That’s not cheap. But is it worth it? And should you even consider last year’s Series 1 model, which remains on sale as a more affordable alternative?

Find out right here in our 2017 Apple Watch comparison, which will help you decide which option is the best for you.

6 reasons why you should order an Apple Watch with LTE today

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Is Apple Watch 3 worth the upgrade fee?
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Apple Watch Series 3 is now available to pre-order ahead of its sales debut on September 22. If you move fast, you may still be able to claim one for launch day delivery.

But do you really need one? Maybe you already have a previous Apple Watch that’s still serving you well. Maybe you’ve never really seen the need for a smartwatch at all. Well, forget all that.

Here are 6 reasons why you should buy an Apple Watch with LTE today.

Apple Watch Series 3 will bring LTE but no design changes

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Apple Watch Series 3 will look exactly the same as its predecessors.
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Apple Watch Series 3 will be a significant upgrade thanks to LTE connectivity, which will allow you to use apps and receive notifications without being tethered to your iPhone over Bluetooth.

But one reliable analyst warns that the new model will look exactly the same as its predecessors.