Apple has revealed its successor to the Apple Watch, dubbed the Apple Watch Series 2, which features a dual core processor, GPS and a stronger ceramic finish version.
Available 16 September with pre-orders going live from 9 September, the Apple Watch Series 2 looks very similar to its predecessor but will come with watchOS 3 and a boosted display that’s twice as bright as the original Watch, offering 1000 nits, the brightest display Apple has ever put on its hardware.
Powering this display is a boosted graphics processor offering double the performance of the Apple Watch.
Aimed at fitness fanatics who want a smartwatch with advanced fitness tracking, the in-built GPS bypasses the need to rely on location tracking provided by a connected smartphone. The new Apple Watch is also water resistant to 50 metres, a boon to clumsy people and enthusiastic swimmers; to the extent that Apple has added a dedicated swimming workouts feature that tracks a swimmer’s individual stroke efficiency.
One of the most interesting parts of the Apple Watch Series 2 is how Apple has made the speaker waterproof and enabled it to vent any water which gets into it. This allows Apple to make a water resistant smartwatch without compromising on its audio capabilities.
The Apple Watch Series 2 will cost $369, around £275, which will knock the price of the original Apple smartwatch, now known as the Apple Watch Series 1, to $269.
While the new Apple Watch may not be a must-have device for business users, its new features should make it appeal to more consumers, which is handy given sales of the original have slumped significantly this year.
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