Alongside the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Apple today unveiled the Apple Watch Series 2. The second generation smartwatch from the company looks similar to the original, but it comes with some major under the hood improvements.
Inside the Apple Watch Series 2 is Apple’s faster and more power efficient S2 chip. Apple says that thanks to improvements in watchOS 3 and the faster chip, the Apple Watch 2 will be significantly faster than its predecessor. The inclusion of a bigger battery will also allow the Apple Watch Series 2 to last longer on a single charge.
Apple has also improved the waterproofing of the smartwatch to make it swim proof so that you can wear it while surfing or swimming without worrying about it. The smartwatch can withstand being water resistant at up to 50m depth of water. To go along with it, Apple is also introducing two new swimming related workouts.
The dual-core Apple S2 chip inside the Apple Watch Series 2 is up to 50% faster than the previous Apple Watch. It also features a new GPU that is up to 50% faster. This will allow the Apple Watch 2 to run heavier applications without any performance issues.
The Apple Watch 2 also comes with a dedicated GPS chip which means that it can now track your runs more accurately without having to pair with an iPhone. The second generation Apple Watch also features a new display that can reach brightness levels of up to 1000nits.
Apple will be offering the Apple Watch Series 2 in a new material: ceramic. Ceramic is four times harder than stainless steel, and Apple will be offering the ceramic Apple Watch in pearl white color. The Cupertino company will also be offering the Watch Series 2 in Hermés edition.
Alongside the Apple Watch Series 2, Apple launched the Apple Watch Nike Plus specifically meant for runners. It comes with an aluminum case with a perforated stretchy rubber band. Nike and Apple will be offering the smartwatch in four colors.
The Apple Watch Series 2 has been priced at $369, with the Apple Watch Nike Plus also being priced the same. The former goes on pre-order from September 9th and it will hit retail stores on September 16th. The Apple Watch Nike Plus will go on sale in late October.
Apple has also upgraded the processor inside the original Apple Watch to its new dual-core S2 chip. Renamed to Apple Watch Series 1, the pricing of the smartwatch starts from $269.