Apple Watch 3 vs Apple Watch Series 2: What’s new? – CNET

In addition to the new iPhones, Apple’s third generation of its smartwatch and fitness band, the Watch 3, was unveiled today. With this new iteration, the wearable runs WatchOS 4 and can make cellular calls all by itself, freeing you from having the watch tethered to your phone. 

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Compared to last year’s Watch Series 2, the device can also stream music directly to a set of AirPod ear buds. For a more detailed breakdown of what both these wearables do, read our comparison chart below.

Apple Watch 3 and Watch Series 2 specs

Apple Watch 3 Apple Watch Series 2
Display 38mm: 1.3-inch OLED; 42mm: 1.65-inch OLED   38mm: 1.3-inch OLED; 42mm: 1.65-inch OLED
Resolution 38mm: 340×272 (290ppi); 42mm: 390×312 (302 ppi)   38mm: 340×272 (290ppi); 42mm: 390×312 (302 ppi)
Dimensions 38mm: 38.6×33.3×11.65mm; 42mm: 42.5×36.4×11.65mm  38mm: 38.6×33.3×11.4mm; 42mm: 42.5×36.4×11.4mm
Protection Ion-X glass; Sapphire crystal on Steel and Ceramic models   Ion-X glass; Sapphire crystal on Steel and Ceramic models
Strap size Proprietary; interchangeable   Proprietary; interchangeable
Build Aluminum; stainless-steel, ceramic options   Aluminum; stainless-steel, ceramic options
Processor Apple S3 Apple S2
Memory 512MB 512MB
Storage 16GB cellular, 8GB GPS only 8GB (2GB for music)
Battery “Up to 18 hours” 38mm: 273 mAh; 42mm: 334mAh
Operating system WatchOS 4 WatchOS
Scroll wheel Yes Yes
Microphone Yes Yes
Loudspeaker Yes Yes
Vibration Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Yes Yes
NFC Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
LTE Yes No
Heart-rate sensor Yes Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes Yes
Water-resistant 5 ATM; 50 meters 5 ATM; 50 meters
Price $399 with cellular and GPS, $329 GPS only 38mm starts at $370, £370, AU$529; 42mm starts at $400, £399, AU$579

This is a developing story that will be updated as information rolls out throughout the day. For more, follow CNET’s live blog and read our complete coverage of today’s Apple event.

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