Apple finally introduces a new Apple Watch, which is the same but different. The Apple Watch Series 2 looks nearly the same but is now swimproof and adds GPS. The screen is brighter and more vibrant than the the previous generation and Apple claims the watch was the #2 top selling watch brand in the world. Apple Watch Series 2 also bring watchOS 3 which adds a few new features like:
- Instant launch
- New dock
- New watch faces
- Messages tap back
- Stickers and confetti animations
- Custom replies in messaging with scribble
New for Apple Watch Series 2 is the built in GPS which now allows you to use the watch without your phone around but it does lack cellular connectivity. So you can use run apps and such but cannot make calls or get notifications. A new S2 processor is under the hood which is going to give the Apple Watch Series 2 more power and performance. Some new apps have been added to Apple Watch as well. The SOS app connects you to emergency services in one press and the Breathe app tells you to do deep breathing exercises (should you care about that).
Possibly one of the more popular apps coming to Apple Watch is Pokémon GO. The new app for Pokémon will give you all the information about the game you need right on your wrist. There was no mention of battery life on the new Apple Watch though, which is a big disappointment, we would have loved some info on that. There is also a new material alongside stainless and aluminum… ceramic.
Nike is also getting in on the game with a new Apple Watch Nike+ version which is geared towards the fitness enthusiasts among us. The look revolves around the band which does give it a distinctly different appeal. Overall the new Apple Watch Series 2 has some nice improvements though we hoped for a new design as well.
Pre-orders for Apple Watch Series 2 start on September 9th, with the Watch OS3 update rolling out to existing Apple Watches starting on September 13th. Series 2 watches will start to ship shortly after, with Apple Watch Nike+ shipping in late October. Series 2 watches will be available for $369
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