Series 3 questions

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by thommo14, May 5, 2018.

  1. thommo14 macrumors newbie

    Jul 3, 2017
    I currently have a Fitbit and am generally happy with it. By that I mean in terms of fitness tracking, but I'm looking to upgrade to more of a smart watch.

    I'm looking at the Fitbit Versa and Apple Watch Series 3, with me currently leaning towards to Apple Watch. I would appreciate feedback to the following.

    1. I have an iPhone 5s, which I see the Series 3 (non-cellular) is compatible with. What is the likelihood of this device being supported when Apple announces the new version of watchOS next month?

    2. I am most interested in using the watch for tracking my walks (I would also like to check and deal with messages and notifications too). I use Spotify on my phone while walking. Can I see what song is currently playing on Spotify on the watch, and can control Spotify on Apple Watch in terms of playing, pausing, etc?

    3. I have relatively small wrist and tried on the 42mm and 38mm. I much preferred the 42mm, but I forgot to check how the sensors on the larger watch rested on my small wrist. Does anyone know if the sensors on both sizes are the same and if they encountered any issues in this respect?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. TiggrToo macrumors demi-goddess


    Aug 24, 2017
    Out there...way out there
    1. No one knows except Apple. That said the 5s was at the bottom of the supported devices with iOS 11. To counter this, Apple have muted that iOS 12 will focus on bug fixes and stability, so...

    2. Absolutely. I do this all the time when driving. Not just Spotify but other media apps as well such as Plex.
  3. LoveToMacRumors macrumors 68020


    Feb 15, 2015
    For number 3, get the 42mm, much efficient when reading on it, whether it's letters or numbers. I have slim wrist also, and got the 42mm.
  4. thommo14 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 3, 2017
  5. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Reference your questions for #1 and #3:

    1.) When watchOS 5 launches, I would be inclined to believe that the iPhone 5s will no longer be supported for the Apple Watch. It Will likely move up to par with iPhone 6 and upwards.

    2.) Even if you opt for the 42 mm, you just want to make sure the band is secure enough for direct contact on your wrist to have an accurate reading. Every band will fit differently in adjustment, but I think the best bands for the most adjustable fitting would be the sports bands.
  6. thommo14 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 3, 2017
  7. Lennyvalentin macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2011
    Anything would be 100% speculation, but the 5S does have a 64-bit CPU, and it is also a quite fast phone still, so next iOS version is absolutely at least a possibility. And if the 5S gets iOS 12, then it would also get next apple watch compatibility without a doubt, because it's not in Apple's interest to fraction their market and create confusion for its users. If one watch works, they'll most likely all work.

    After all, Apple does like to keep its ecosystem as coherent as possible with as many users as possible on the latest version of system software, so they probably don't want to artificially cut anyone out because then people like you couldn't give them more money by buying watches and whatnot. :)

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