Date: Thursday, September 8th, 2016, 05:04
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Software, Watch OS, Wearables
Apple took the wrapping off the second-gen Apple Watch today during its media event.
The new unit, dubbed the “Apple Watch Series 2”, boasts a dual-core processor, a brighter display, swim-proof capabilities and built-in GPS. This new model has a redesigned speaker to make it water-resistant down to 50 meters. Other than that, this updated smartwatch looks near-identical to the first Apple Watch, now known as Apple Watch Series 1, which was only splash-proof.
Unfortunately, the new unit lacks the much-anticipated cellular connectivity, meaning you’ll still need to pair it to an iPhone for data-heavy operations and calls.
As expected, the Apple Watch Series 2 will arrive will watchOS 3 and will be available on September 13th.
Apple has also partnered with Nike to create a special edition of Apple Watch. The Apple Watch Nike+ is designed specifically for runners with lightweight aluminum and perforated band. With this running-focused Watch you can simply tell Siri to start a run. When you’re out on your run, you can get a distraction-free display with just the distance and pace, or enable an “advanced” mode with more details about your workout.
The Apple Watch Nike+ comes in four colors and will be available in late October for $369. As for the Apple Watch Series 2, there is a new ceramic body that’s actually harder than stainless steel. Apple has also created two new Hermés bands and new colors.
The original Apple Watch, now dubbed the “Apple Watch Series 1”, will be available at a reduced price of $269.
Pre-orders for the Apple Watch Series 2 start on September 9, with units available in stores on September 16th.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.