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EE is the only UK carrier offering Apple Watch Family Setup at launch

Following the recent announcement of Family Setup for Apple Watch, UK network EE has stated that it will be the only carrier to offer support for the feature at launch, starting 17 September.

Apple’s 15 September event provided a wealth of new announcements, including the new eighth-generation iPad and new 2020 iPad Air, alongside the launch of the Apple Watch Series 6 and affordable new Apple Watch SE. The company also unveiled Family Setup – a new feature built into watchOS 7 that will allow for the setup of multiple Apple Watches though one iPhone.

Apple bills Family Setup as a way for “the entire family to benefit from the important health and safety features of Apple Watch, like Emergency SOS, while Maps, Siri, Alarms, and the App Store provide greater independence without needing an iPhone.

The added benefit from the perspective of a parent is that this lets them keep tabs on their child’s/children’s location and they can even set up automatic location notifications so that they know when their kids have arrived at school (or the like) safely.

Family Setup is compatible with cellular models of Apple Watch Series 4 and up (including Apple Watch SE), running on watchOS 7; with 18 carriers across 12 countries supporting the feature globally at launch.

In the UK, only EE currently supports Family Setup, or rather, will support it as of 17 September – a day after the feature’s global launch.

EE will offer the Apple Watch SE and Series 6 from 17 September but already sells cellular models of the Apple Watch Series 3, Series 4 and Series 5 on cellular plans from £20 a month.

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