NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: A customer tries out an Apple Watch Nike+ at an Apple Store in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan, October 28, 2016 in New York City. Friday marks the release of the Apple Watch Nike+, a sports-focused smartwatch with a retail price starting at $369. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Apple is coming out with a new smartwatch designed to be less dependent on the iPhone. Apple Watch will still require a companion iPhone. However, a new model comes with cellular access, so it will be possible to do more _ such as receiving messages _ while the phone is at home. It will require a data plan, which typically costs $5 or $10 a month. Since the original watch’s debut in April 2015, Apple has been trying to enable more stand-alone features. Last year’s model, for instance, introduced GPS capabilities, so that the watch can measure runs and bike rides more accurately without the iPhone nearby. The new cellular model, called Series 3, will start at $399. One without cellular goes for $329, down from $369 for the comparable model now. The original Series 1, without GPS, sells for $249, down from $269. The new watch comes out Sept. 22. A rival smartwatch from Samsung already has cellular options. Existing Apple Watches will get a software update next Tuesday. The watch details were announced as part of an Apple event at its Cupertino, California, headquarters, where it was also expected to unveil new iPhones.