The rumors were saying that Apple would be announcing the Apple Watch Series 3 at its iPhone event, and sure enough the rumors have since been proven true. The Apple Watch Series 3 has been officially launched, and while the external design of the Apple Watch looks similar to that of its predecessors, its the innards of the watch and its features that has changed.

The most obvious change would be the introduction of LTE capabilities to the watch. This means that Apple Watch owners will no longer have to rely so much on pairing the Apple Watch and iPhone together, thus making the Apple Watch Series 3 a more independent device.

Of course this means that users will have to pay for a separate subscription plan if they want to take advantage of the LTE connectivity, but we reckon that there will be some who wouldn’t mind paying the extra money to cut the cord.

It will rely on an electronic SIM because according to Apple, even the use of a nano SIM would mean a significant increase in size. It will use the same number as your iPhone which means that your friends can reach you the same way as before. Messenger apps such as WeChat will also work over cellular so that you can use it without your phone, and the best part is that you can stream Apple Music as well.

As far as specs are concerned, the Apple Watch Series 3 will come with a new processor that Apple claims can offer 70% more performance. The boost in performance also means that Siri will be quicker to respond, and it will even be able to speak out now. It will sport a new W2 chip for Bluetooth and WiFi that is said to offer 85% faster WiFi and 50% more power efficiency.

There’s even a new altimeter sensor built into the watch that can be used for creating apps for skiing and snowboarding, all of which is fit inside a case that Apple says is the same as the Apple Watch Series 2.

The Apple Watch Series 3 will be offered in a bunch of new finishes and bands with new color options. There will also be a new sport loop band that is light, stretchy, and breathable, and as per the rumors, there will be a new grey ceramic Apple Watch Edition.

As for pricing, the Apple Watch Series 3 will be priced at $329 for the regular, non-cellular version, and $399 for the cellular model, while the Series 1’s price has been dropped down to $249, making it more affordable for those who don’t necessarily need the latest features. Orders will begin on the 15th of September with the Series 3 set for a release on the 22nd of September.

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