Apple on Tuesday launched Watch Series 3 with a built-in cellular connectivity to let users stay connected, make calls, receive texts and more, even if the iPhone is not nearby.

Apple Watch Series 3 comes in two models, one with GPS and one with cellular eSIM option, and both featuring a 70 percent faster dual-core processor and new wireless chip. The Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) features a full LTE cellular radio that switches seamlessly to cellular when it is away from iPhone. The watch shares the same number as iPhone so there’s no need to provide an additional number to family, friends or colleagues.

“We believe the addition of cellular will transform the way people use Apple Watch, providing a new sense of freedom since they can stay connected with or without their iPhone,” Jeff Williams, Apple’s Chief Operating Officer, said in a statement.

The third-generation Apple Watch is also a health and fitness companion with intelligent coaching features, water resistance 50 meters and a new barometric altimeter that measures relative elevation.

Customers will have the ability to make cellular calls directly with Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular). The antenna design uses the display itself as both a transmitting and receiving element for LTE

The dual-core processor in the device allows for quicker app launch times, smoother graphics and enables Siri to speak using the built-in speaker. Apple designed a new custom wireless chip called W2, making Wi-Fi 85 per cent faster and Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 50 per cent more power efficient.

The watchOS 4 features an updated Heart Rate app, giving even more insight to heart rate, including measurements during resting, workout, recovery, walking and Breathe sessions.

The redesigned Music app experience automatically synchronizes playlists like New Music Mix and Favourites Mix, along with the user’s most listened to music.

Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) will be available in gold, silver and space grey aluminium, or silver or space black stainless steel paired with a variety of bands.

In India, Apple Watch Series 3 in will be available in two different case sizes, 38mm and 42mm. Although, here Apple will only bring Watch Series 3 non-cellular GPS model. It will be available in gold, silver and space grey aluminium cases with a Sport Band starting at Rs 29,900.

(Written with inputs from IANS)