Apple unveils Apple Watch Series 2: swimproof, faster CPU/GPU, built-in GPS, brighter screen, more

By , Sep 7, 2016

Apple Watch Series 2

Tim Cook announced at the September 7th keynote that the Apple Watch is currently the #1 selling smartwatch in the world and ranks as the #2 watch brand in the world, right behind Rolex.

But all products can’t stay the same forever, and Apple is moving forward with an all-new Apple Watch Series 2.

The Apple Watch Series 2 looks very similar to the first-generation device, but it comes with major improvements to water resistance with a resistance up to 50 meters below the surface. Apple has significantly improved upon the openings where water could find its way into the device and re-engineered them to make them more resistant.

Apple has also bumped up the specs with a new dual-core CPU, as well as GPU speed improvements, which make the device more capable in terms of app usage.

A second-generation display will be integrated into the new device that’s twice as bright as the first-generation Apple Watch. With its 1,000 nit display, it will be much easier to see in the daylight while you use it throughout the day.

Apple Watch Series 2 comes with the rumored GPS hardware integrated inside, which lets you perform more map-based functions right from your wrist, making the Apple Watch Series 2 a useful navigation device.

Apple Watch Series 2 will also come in all the same materials as the original Apple Watch did, but it will also come in a new white ceramic material, which has a smooth and shiny surface that’s up to four times the hardness of the stainless steel model.

In addition new a new material, Apple also teamed up with Nike to release a new Apple Watch Nike+ model, which is built around runners. It includes a custom Apple Watch band with stylish perforations.

Apple Watch Nike+

Apple Watch Series 2 will run watchOS 3, the new firmware for Apple’s wearable smartwatch that ships this Fall with new features like Breathe, instant-open apps, new watch faces, and more.

Apple Watch Series 2 will be available for pre-order on September 9th starting at $369, and will be available on September 16th. Apple has also bumped up the original Apple Watch hardware to dual-core CPU specs and re-branded it the Apple Watch Series 1. This version will start at $269.

The Apple Watch Nike+ will be available to order in late October.

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  • Muhammed Amr

    When ios10 will be out ?

    • Bugs Bunnay

      When pigs fly.

    • Rowan09

      September 13th

  • Rowan09

    Great. My son broke my Apple Watch so I’ll be getting the new one for sure, especially since I’m about to get back into swimming more.

    • Bugs Bunnay

      Yea my dog ate mine’s today so i guess i’ll be getting one too!

      • Rowan09

        Lol. He really broke mine about 2 weeks ago, I went to Apple and they wanted $200 for the repair so I said, hell no!

      • Bugs Bunnay

        Omg 200??

      • Rowan09

        Exactly so this time I think Apple Care+ is a must.

      • diggitydang

        Try a different Apple store, if one is close to you. I had water damage on mine (always swam with it in our pool but accidentally took it in salt water for 10 seconds and it couldn’t take it). Took it to an Apple Store and every employee said the same thing: “we won’t even touch it if its water damaged”. Went to another Apple Store a week later and dude was cool, said he’d try to submit it under warranty, but couldn’t guarantee anything – got the whole thing replaced 5 days later!! Like, new serial number and everything!!

  • Andrew Little

    OMG who saw Phil RUN off the stage immediately after telling us that airpods will cost 159 bucks?

    • diggitydang

      Hahahha. I totally caught that! Hahahaha.

  • n0ahcruz3

    Hmmm maybe i missed it.. But how’s the battery life? Im assuming it’s same as the last gen..

    • Chindavon

      Was not disclosed. I’m guessing a day and a half?

      • n0ahcruz3

        Im guessing same as it’s predecessor, if battery life improved im pretty sure phil wouldn’t leave it unmentioned.

      • It’s going to be interesting especially considering the massive improvements to brightness and processing power (not to mention that GPS units tend to be power hungry). I really hope that these are going to have the same battery as before. But I’ll probably hold off on pre-orders until we know for sure.

      • Chindavon

        Maybe the processors will function similar to the iPhone 7, allocating heavy apps Vs low power consuming apps to reserve battery usage.

      • George

        With a GPS? I doubt it.

  • waverdr

    Finally a smart watch i can surf with. Hoping the gps will enable apps that track waves rides and paddling similar to the RipCurl watch. Been looking for a smart watch that is not only waterproof but with decent gps and Apple have delivered this time 🙂