The New Apple Watch Works Without an iPhone

Thanks to a new cellular chip
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At its big press event today in Cupertino, Apple unveiled the new Apple Watch Series 3, now featuring LTE-compatibility. Simply put, this means users can use their Apple Watch to make phone calls, exchange texts or stream music without having to connect the device to their iPhone. While its exterior appearance is largely unchanged, the Series 3 will feature a new dual-core processor, said to be 70 percent faster than the previous model, and a new W2 chip that delivers 85 percent faster Wi-Fi with 50 percent more power efficiency.

In terms of software, the new WatchOS 4 packs new Siri features, new watch faces, and improved fitness tracking capabilities, including enhanced swim tracking and gym equipment sync. Additionally, the heart rate app will also get an overhaul, with the ability to track one's resting heart rate and recovery heart rate, both important health metrics. 

The new Apple Watch Series 3 will cost $399 with cellular connectivity, $329 without it. You can place an order starting on September 15th, with the official launch following on September 22nd