Apple IWatch Series 3 42MM GPS + Cellular – Space Gray Aluminum Sport Band Black The GPS + Cellular model allows the streaming of Apple Music and the Podcasts app. All models also include 32GB of storage, and you can get it in aluminum, stainless steel, titanium, or ceramic. Series 5 supports international emergency calling, even if you don’t have an active cellular plan.
Apple Music streaming support
Aluminum and Stainless Steel models
Leave your iPhone at home
All models come with 16GB of storage
5 hours with Apple Music streaming
5 hours outdoor with GPS & LTE
iPhone 6s with iOS 13 for Series 3 and Series 5
32GB for Series 5
Though Apple Watch GPS + Cellular doesn’t need an iPhone to be nearby to work, it does require an iPhone for setup, feature organization, and OS updates. Both models of the Apple Watch require at least an iPhone 6s running iOS 13. Last year, the Apple Watch Series 3 required an iPhone 5s or 6 running iOS 11 or later, but Apple has updated its minimum requirements for all Apple Watches, Series 3, and Series 5. There is no requirement difference now.
The GPS + Cellular Apple Watch comes with LTE connectivity, which allows you to piggyback off your current carrier plan (for an additional monthly fee, usually around $10) and get internet and phone connectivity even when your iPhone is far away.
Apple Watch LTE coverage lets you do anything solo on the Apple Watch that you can do when tied to your iPhone’s data. That includes placing calls, receiving messages, using Siri, navigating via maps, playing with third-party apps, and just about anything else.
You can’t sign up for a separate Apple Watch cellular plan from your iPhone. If you’re on AT&T, your Apple Watch has to be, too. You’ll have a separately assigned number for your Apple Watch, but it’s not your usable phone number. It’s just the account assignment number.
The GPS + Cellular Watch supports Apple Music and Podcasts app streaming. If you have an Apple Music subscription, you can rock your socks off anywhere you want without needing your iPhone or Wi-Fi.
The GPS-only model doesn’t support Streaming Apple Music, but you can download tunes onto it for direct listening offline. Your storage capacity only limits you.
The Apple Watch Series 5 GPS and GPS + Cellular both come with 32GB of storage, which is twice the capacity of last year’s model. The Series 3 GPS + Cellular also comes with 16GB of storage, but the Series 3 GPS-only comes with 8GB of storage.
Case and screen material
The GPS-only Series 3 and 5 are limited to aluminum Sport and Nike+ cases (silver, gold, or space gray). In contrast, the GPS + Cellular Watch retains the stainless steel, titanium, and ceramic options, in addition to the aluminum Sport and Nike+ cases