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While the WWDC 2018 event may have left many disappointed due to the lack of any new MacBook or major hardware announcements, it appears that the cellular edition of the Apple Watch Series 3 model will soon be released in the UAE.
By visiting the Apple UAE website, users will be able to preorder the GPS + Cellular versions from 8th June 2018 and will be officially available from the 15th of this month. These new models come with a starting price of AED 1679. These include the Space Gray Aluminum Case with either a Black Sport Band or Black Sport Loop, the Silver Aluminum Case model with Seashell Sport Loop, and the Gold Aluminum Case with Pink Sand Sport Loop. Additionally, there is also the Stainless Steel Case model with a Soft White Sport Band and the Space Black Stainless Steel Case version with Black Sport Band, each costing from AED 2414. For more premium models, the Apple Watch 3 with Stainless Steel case with Milanese Loop model costs from AED 2834 and the Space Black Stainless Steel Case model with Space Black Milanese Loop costs from AED 3044.
The Apple Watch Series 3, which was announced last year, came in both GPS and cellular versions, the latter which never made it officially to the UAE market. These devices allow users to stay connected and make calls, without the need to pair with an iPhone. Etisalat had already tweeted earlier about their support for the new device, however, Du has yet to announce their network support for the new Apple Watches. According to a report by Gulf News, the new cellular Apple Watch Series 3 models do not feature a roaming option for data connectivity. This is quite critical since the cellular version of these devices come with a SIM and a data plan.
Meanwhile, Apple had made several software-based announcements earlier at WWDC 2018, with the debut of Apple watchOS 5.0 update that featured a new automatic workout detection capability, a new watch-to-watch communication method called Walkie-Talkie that lets users talk to each other via WiFi or cellular data, improved notifications and more.