In recent years, since the appearance of the iPod in 2001 , Apple began a progressive exploration of a range of products that until that time were out of scope – products that expand their reach beyond the traditional desktop – the “mobile” devices.
We do not necessarily talk about telephony, as I say the iPod at its departure was something out of the usual trajectory of the company – although to its success we must thank Apple that bet later on the iPhone and iPad .
Steve Jobs was not very supportive of mobile devices – proof of that was the sudden cancellation of the Newton when he returned to the company in the late nineties – because he understood that the technology appropriate to a successful user experience had not yet arrived.
Those statements closely attune to what Tim Cook recently did about dedicated Augmented Reality goggles – technology was still missing. The birth of the iPhone was product when all technological convergence was ready to create something different from the rest. For the rest of us.
The Differences of Apple Watch Series 3 with Series 2
One of the most repeated questions in this very different generation is what differences it has with respect to the previous model , the Apple Watch Series 2.
As I have already mentioned, none at a physical level beyond the availability of steel models, but at hardware level there are changes: the first, and most notable, the new processor Apple S3 , the chip that has all the hardware architecture.
On a day-to-day basis, the interface improves – noting how the scrolling between menus, the new dock in card format and general navigation – is faster and with an instant response to the touch interface.
The application load time is perhaps improved by the increase in RAM of this generation, which goes from 512 to 768 MB .
The speed of the new S3 processor has not been released by Apple, but in the previous generation was located at 780 MHz ( Dual-Core ) and now according to the company is 70% faster ( and still Dual-Core ).
Seen the whole, the product is rounder in terms of usability and user experience in day to day – no doubt powered by watchOS 4.0 , which also brings maturity in how we use the clock .
The W2 chip not only improves discovery between devices, it also optimizes the energy performance and gives more autonomy to the clock.
In Series 3, the use of the battery has been slightly improved – again the combination of watchOS and hardware – based mainly on optimizations of the operating system that express to the last mAh of the batteries.
With this new model, I have arrived almost three days with a single charge, something unthinkable only a couple of years in other generations.
Another of the changes little announced is the update of the Bluetooth standard up to 4.2 , indispensable to connect for example to the Internet without having to link before to a Bluetooth antenna.
It also improves the security of the device, making it can not be traced without the authorization of the user.
It does not bring the improvement in transfer rate and range of the last standard 5.0, but perhaps in a device like the Apple Watch would not be so necessary as to deserve the increase in price to incorporate it – at least for the time being.
The internal memory is maintained in 8GB ( 16GB in the model with LTE ), for music the limitation is 2GB although with watchOS we can finally synchronize several lists of Apple Music – with an improvement more than evident in the synchronization with the iPhone , possibly due to the incorporation of the W2 chip and the changes in the operating system.
The barometric altimeter is the new sensor that incorporates this Series 3, and that will allow us to add the altitude to our workouts for a more precise monitoring and control – but for the moment the only application that uses it is the Apple Training app itself.
A Mature Generation of Hardware and Software
If you have a Apple Watch Series 2 , improvements in the hardware themselves of this generation will not make much difference with that model – also helped by the possibilities offered by watchos 4 and the two CPUs – the S2 and S3 – they are already so powerful enough to move and manage the experience of day-to-day use.
If you have a Series 1 or an original model, certainly the upgrade is more justified because the interface response enhancement, water sports possibilities with it, screen improvements and other functionalities that share both generations bring a great change to the product.
It may not yet be the essential device as we have today with the iPhone – although in his day he was not one either, should not forget – but the day to day with an Apple Watch makes us much easier certain connections with our digital world.
It will make us less phone consumers and more selective with what we want to see in it – thanks to the previews of notifications and apps on the wrist.
And without a doubt, for all those who do sports, an Apple Watch with music, GPS and apps is something that is appreciated not only as an information monitor, but also as an aid in practicing each training.
Undoubtedly, something that defines this generation of Series 3 is the term maturity – and not only Apple Watch itself, but also how we can use users thanks to the cohesion between software and hardware.