Apple sets the smartwatch free

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The third generation of Apple’s smartwatch will be the first to work independently from the iPhone.

A cellular version of the device will be available from £399 and can make phone calls and browse the web. Coupled with a pair of bluetooth headphones, it will allow users to leave their phones behind when out and about.

“This has been our vision since the beginning,” said Jeff Williams, who runs the Apple Watch.

“You can go for a run and still be connected. You can leave your phone while you go to the beach. You can receive an important call with just your watch, and the number is the same number as your iPhone.

“The apps you rely on like Messages just work, and Siri is at your beck and call whenever you want. […] And third party apps like WeChat work over cellular as well. Coming next month, cellular is going to change the way we listen to music, because with Apple Watch Series 3 and Apple Music, you can stream 40 million songs on your wrist.”

Preorders for the new Apple Watch open on 15 September, and it will start shipping on 22 September.