Apple Announces The Apple Watch Series 2 – Here’s Everything You Need To Know 

Ali Salman
Posted Sep 7, 2016
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Apple’s ‘See you on the 7th’ iPhone 7 event is well underway and the company has plunged into announcing quite a handful of devices. Apple’s first announcement features the Apple Watch Series 2. The heir to Apple’s wearable lineup, the Apple Watch Series 2 has gone under some changes that might be of interest to users. So, dive in to see the complete details on the Apple Watch Series 2, announced at the company’s big iPhone 7 event.

Apple Watch Series 2 comes with swimproof shell, built-in GPS and much more

If you’re into wearable tech, there are a lot of reasons to buy the new Apple Watch Series 2. While some of you want a new gadget to play with, others are thirsty for an upgrade. We will be looking at some aspects of the Apple Watch that might make it easier for you to make a clean purchase decision. Externally, the Series 2 does not go far from the original Apple Watch announced last year at the company’s ‘Spring Forward’ event. However, the internals have been bestowed with a much needed upgrade.

Design and form factor

So let’s start with design, the Apple Watch Series 2 looks pretty much similar to the previous model. Apple has gone with a rectangular form factor of the wearable unlike Samsung’s Gear S3, Moto 360 2 and the Huawei Watch. It’s Apple’s way to stay at a more distinctive place in the smartwatch industry. The display all around is brighter than before that contributes to a better outdoor experience. S

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New Watch models

Apart from this, Apple has introduced a new material for the Apple Watch Series 2 – Ceramic. The material is said to be four times tougher than steel. Definitely a welcome change to the Apple Watch family. Moreover, Apple also unveiled the Apple Watch Nike Plus. The Watch has been produced in collaboration with Nike and the results are stunning by the look of it. The watch is simple, fun and easy to use, while it looks pretty much the same as the Apple Watch Sport. On a wider perspective, the watch is oriented for runners and athletes. Nike has integrated several motivational and personalized coaching aspects to the watch. As for the colors, there are four different options to choose from.

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Waterproofing

As seen in the leaks and rumors, the Apple Watch Series 2 is now waterproof. This will ensure that your wearable doesn’t damage or possibly malfunction when in contact with water. Personally, a wearable is always a device to be in contact with the environment around you. Hence, adding waterproofing to the Apple Watch Series 2 is definitely a welcome change for outgoing users. Apple Watch Series 2 is water resistant with up to 50 meters, so that’s a lot of dept. All of the openings have been closed except the speaker which will be used to eject the water that seeped in.

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Under the hood performance upgrade

While last year’s Apple Watch was indeed a very capable device, Apple has seen fit to upgrade the internals to enhance performance. This means that apps will now launch faster and the overall user experience would adhere to a lot less lags and slow transitions compared to the previous year’s model. Apple’s S1 processor on the Apple Watch has also seen an upgrade. The wearable is now powered with an S2 process which is a dual core with 50 percent more performance. Moreover, the graphics department has also been bumped for a much smoother experience.

Operating system

Apple Watch Series 2 will be shipped with Apple’s latest watchOS 3 operating system. In the last few months, the company has seeded various beta versions of the firmware. We’re already familiar with what’s to come judging on the basis of these beta releases. So there’s a boatload of new additions to the table ranging from new and fresh watch faces to better fitness tracking and much more. Overall, watchOS 3 will make your watch feel like brand new. Moreover, overall performance has jumped up a notch as well, even on last year’s Apple Watch. Apple also said that the watcOS 3 will learn your swimming behavior with the help of a specialized algorithm.

What else?

The Apple Watch Series 2 also features a built-in GPS which will allow it to connect to the satellite and redirect you without the need of an iPhone. The company has introduced a new hiking app that integrates with the GPS for location based services. New bands have also been launched, adding a little more style to the wearable.

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Pricing and availability

Compared to the rest of the smartwatches in the industry, Apple Watch takes the cake to being the highest in the pricing category. The Apple Watch Series 2 is priced at $369 and so is the Apple Watch Nike Plus variant. The prices are typically Apple and it won’t stop users who desperately need an upgrade or are highly tech enthusiast to own one. Apple Watch Series 2 is available for pre-orders from September 9, while the Nike Plus model will begin starting October.

Impressions

While some of us were hoping for a major redesign, it would not be wrong to say that the wearable is still too young to incarnate in a new form. Since Series 2 is the second generation of the product, maybe it’s too soon to demand an upgrade with a major redesign. If we take an example of the Gear S3 and the Moto 360 2, Samsung and Motorola have shown a similar trend in terms of upgrading its hardware. Nonetheless, Apple did add a few new surprises that will differentiate it from the rest of the smartwatches as well its predecessor. Waterproofing is an essential and highly demanded feature on the Apple Watch. It will allow users to take the wearable with them in more critical and damp places.

Did you guys like the Apple Watch Series 2, the successor to Apple’s last year’s wearable? Are you convinced enough to purchase one when it’s out? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.

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