Apple Watch Series 2 tech specs

By , Sep 8, 2016

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The Apple Watch Series 2, which was announced at yesterday’s keynote, is Apple’s answer to improving on what was already one of the best-selling smartwatches on the market today.

In this piece, we’ll recap all the technical specifications of the new Apple Watch lineup.

This post serves not only as an informational piece, but also as an archive for when Apple inevitably removes these specifications from their website years into the future after several new generations of the Apple Watch have been released.

The tech specs for the new wearable accessory are listed below:

Models & Prices:

  • Apple Watch Series 1 (38mm starting at $269; 42mm starting at $299)

    • Aluminum case with Sport Band or Woven Nylon band
    • Stainless steel case with Sport Band, stainless steel band, or leather band
  • Apple Watch Series 2 (38mm starting at $369; 42mm starting at $399)

    • Aluminum case with Sport Band or Woven Nylon band
    • Stainless steel case with Sport Band, stainless steel band, or leather band
  • Apple Watch Nike+ (38mm starting at $369; 42mm starting at $399)

    • Aluminum case with Nike Sport Band
  • Apple Watch Hermès (38mm starting at $1149; 42mm starting at $1199)

    • Stainless steel case with Hermès band
    • Additional Sport Band included with purchase
  • Apple Watch Edition (38mm starting at $1249; 42mm starting at $1299)

    • Ceramic case with Sport Band
    • Magnetic Charging Dock included with purchase

Weight & Dimensions:

  • Aluminum case – 38mm
    • Height: 38.6mm
    • Width: 33.3mm
    • Depth: 11.4mm
    • Case Weight: 28.2g
  • Aluminum case – 42mm
    • Height: 42.5mm
    • Width: 36.4mm
    • Depth: 11.4mm
    • Case Weight: 34.2g
  • Stainless Steel case – 38mm
    • Height: 38.6mm
    • Width: 33.3mm
    • Depth: 11.4mm
    • Case Weight: 41.9g
  • Stainless Steel case – 42mm
    • Height: 42.5mm
    • Width: 36.4mm
    • Depth: 11.4mm
    • Case Weight: 52.4g
  • White Ceramic case – 38mm
    • Height: 39.2mm
    • Width: 34.0mm
    • Depth: 11.8mm
    • Case Weight: 39.6g
  • White Ceramic case – 42mm
    • Height: 42.6mm
    • Width: 36.5mm
    • Depth: 11.4mm
    • Case Weight: 45.6g

Chips:

  • Dual‑core processor
  • Built‑in GPS

Features:

  • Built-in GPS
  • Water resistant 50 meters1
  • Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz)
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Heart rate sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Ambient light sensor

Display:

  • Second-generation OLED Retina display with Force Touch 2× brighter (1000 nits)
  • Sapphire crystal (stainless steel and ceramic cases)
  • Ion-X glass (aluminum cases)
  • 272 by 340 pixels (38mm)
  • 312 by 390 pixels (42mm)

Power & Battery

  • Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Up to 18 hours2
  • Magnetic charging cable

Apple Watch Series 2 goes on pre-order beginning September 9th, and will be available to purchase officially on September 16th. The all-new Apple Watch Nike+ will be available in October, rather than in September along with all the others.

Are the updated specs enough to make you want one? Let us know in our most recent poll.

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  • I feel like my series one is already at the max thickness I’d want in a watch. The added thickness of the series two doesn’t come with enough extras for me to want it. With near instant app loading now I don’t care about faster processors, and I don’t ever go swimming so the water resistant status is good enough for me. Don’t even need the GPS as the watch does a fantastic job judging how far I ran/walked as-is.

    Guess I’ll upgrade once apps or OS upgrades stop being compatible with my hardware 😛

  • Tommy Gumbs

    I absolutely love my watch. But, I don’t thing that the series 2 is worth the upgrade. Its a watch, so speed doesn’t bother me, I don’t swim, and when I have I used the watch anyway. If it had a bump in Battery life I would have though.

    • askep3

      I’m guessing if you don’t use gps it should have longer battery life

  • Srv Rungta

    is it just me or the apple watch product line is too confusing!! i get the need for variety but couldn’t it all be done in a simpler manner?

    • I think it’s a little overwhelming at first glance especially after you realize that it basically boils down to only two apple watches for sale.

      Personally I think they should show the series 1 and 2 on the site and tell you the differences (waterproofing, screen brightness etc) and once you make a choice, ask you what size you want, then what material you want, what color you want and finally what band you want as you check out.

      Grouping the 2 watches into series and “product types” based on materials or bundled bands just seems a bit weird and overly complicated to me. I don’t care about sport, Nike, watch, edition or Hermés; I am just there to get an Apple watch. Let’s customize my series 1 or 2 in the checkout steps like I would a computer. Would make everything a WHOLE lot simpler and easier to understand.

      Just my 2 cents…

  • nova voter

    I assume series 1 bands will fit the series 2 watches? so if I want a more subdued band for work, I can take the perforated Nike+ band off and put on a different band from my series 1 collection of bands?

    • askep3

      yea same bands work

  • Firedomain

    Highly disappointed in the series 2. I have a 1st gen & I feel the series 2 doesn’t really bring anything new to the table. Sure, 50m water resistance would be nice, but that’s not enough for me to upgrade & I have no issue seeing my watch in the sun, so the 2x brighter screen seems pointless & my watch already uses my phones GPS & I’m never without that…. So sadly I won’t be upgrading… Really hoped for something groundbreaking… No idea what, but something! At least a MUCH louder loudspeaker, anytime I answer a call while driving or anything I can’t hear shit…