Happy benefits of Series 3 over Series 0

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by eoblaed, Sep 23, 2017.

  1. eoblaed macrumors 68020

    eoblaed

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    Often times, spec bumps between hardware revisions can offer theoretical improvements that are often hard to see.

    I got my new black SS series 3 yesterday and replaced my black SS series 0 with it. Today, there were at least two obvious benefits in performance over the series 0 that have made me quite happy.

    1. ApplePay through the watch is, wait for it, snappier. Very quick, nice, sharp haptic response. It turned the transaction from a 'ok, let me wait for this to go through' to an effectively instant gratifying snap on my wrist. The first time I used it today, it actually caused me to comment out loud.
    2. Unlocking my 5k iMac with my watch is much faster. I was really hoping this was going to be the case, that the often slow unlock speeds through my series 0 watch was gated largely by the watch, and not by the bluetooth on the iMac. Turns out, a fair amount of the unlock lag was from the series 0 watch. It's not an instant unlock, but it is very much faster and consistently so (I'm guessing about 1.5 seconds?). Definite quality of life improvement.
    So far, I've been very happy with my Series 3. :D
     
  2. KevinMac macrumors regular

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    Cool! Thanks for sharing! I have to wait a couple weeks for my series 3 Nike Edition to ship.
     
  3. 4451 macrumors newbie

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    Battery life seems really good so far. Got it yesterday afternoon. 95% charge out the box, pairing & initial setup, lots of messing with it, a few short phone calls (no LTE), slept with it on and a bunch of notifications and ...32% now at 5pm.

    About 24 hours of intense use and this is a 38mm. For my usage, the speed of my S0 didn’t bother me much but battery life had become a real issue
     
  4. gwhizkids macrumors 601

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    I’ll be honest: both things you cite are not issues to me on the S0. Both seem to happen almost instantaneously for me. But perhaps I just think that’s the case and it really can go much faster.

    I’d just like apps to respond faster.
     
  5. eoblaed thread starter macrumors 68020

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    The ApplePay is what surprised me. The difference was not something I was expecting, but was definitely there and something that seemed to make the process more pleasant.

    Unlocking my iMac with my watch has always been a bit laggy. Not so, anymore.

    And yes, apps respond much faster now, too.
     
  6. richard371 macrumors 68020

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    I can't unlock my Mac. Says i need to update my OS and my 5k mac is up to date.
     
  7. eoblaed thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Do you have two factor auth configured for your iCloud account? That's required to be able to unlock your mac with your watch.
     
  8. richard371 macrumors 68020

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    Yes it is turned on. I read you have to have High Sierra which will not be released until Monday. I'm on 10.12.6 now
     
  9. eoblaed thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Ah, it must be because you have watch OS 4.0 which must be paired with High Sierra apparently (I've running public betas of High Sierra for 5 or 6 weeks). I've been unlocking my mac with my watch since Sierra (and watch OS 3.0) were released.
     
  10. deadworlds macrumors 65816

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    Im ruinning a series 0 watch with WatchOS 4.Watch successfully unlocks my Mac with 10.12.6 (Sierra).

    Or was the issue specifically with a series 3 watch with WatchOS4?
     
  11. eoblaed thread starter macrumors 68020

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    That's what I got from his comment, but I'm not 100% sure. I've got a S3 running WatchOS4 unlocking High Sierra.
     
  12. richard371 macrumors 68020

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    High Sierra will be available 9-25 unless you have the GM. That should resolve it.
     

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