Official: Apple Watch Series 2 with Built-in GPS and WatchOS 3
Apple announced its much expected next generation Watch at the launch of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Dubbed the Apple Watch Series 2, the new WatchOS 3 running smartwatch was announced by the Jeff Williams and is waterproof up to 50 metres (including the speaker) and swimproof.
The Apple Watch Series 2 is powered by a Dual-Core processor that is 50% percent faster than the original watch and also it’s 1,000 nits display is two times brighter than its predecessor. Like all modern smartwatches, the new watch also has GPS built-in for handling mapping tasks without the iPhone.
The design is not different from its predecessor starting with the square customisable watch face for telling the time and displaying notification; the digital crown for zooming and scrolling; and a single day battery life. Like the OG Watch, the Watch 2 Series skips on cellular connectivity.
Apple is still teaming up with fashion brands like Hermes on the the Apple Watch Series 2 and new luxury ceramic models are now available. It will go on sale on September 16 starting $369 (Aluminium Sport Version) and pre-orders begin on September 9. Also, the watchOS 3 update will go live on September 13.
Pokémon GO Now on Apple Watch
At the event, Apple invited John Hanke, CEO of Niantic Labs, creator of Pokémon GO to the stage to run through a demo of Pokémon GO on the Apple Watch. The game which now boast of over 500 million downloads and over 4.6 billion kilometres walked by players, will be available on the Apple Watch before the end of the year.
Apple Watch Nike Plus Edition
Apple is continuing its partnership with Nike with a special Nike Plus (Nike+) edition of the Apple Watch.
The Apple Watch Nike Plus Edition is designed for the runners and workout lovers; and is basically a cross of the discontinued FuelBand fitness tracker and Apple’s product. The basic model starts at $369 and will be available in late-october.
Apple Watch Series
The original Apple Watch has been rebranded as the Apple Watch Series 1. It gets both a faster processor (Dual-Core S2 chip) and the asking price has been dropped to start at $269.