It has been two years since the first “iWatch” was unveiled and now Apple has launched the new Apple Watch 2. It’s a refined version of the original rather than an all-new device. From the outside it looks exactly the same, but inside it has many useful new featurs.
This latest version of the Apple Watch is swim friendly – it can easily survive a prolonged dip in a swimming pool and is water resistant to a depth of 50 metres. Apple is pushing fitness relentlessly with its range of smartwatches and swimming is the device’s new exercise of choice.Two workout settings – pool and open water – are available, and Apple Watch Series 2 can track your average lap or length pace and automatically detect stroke type to measure just how many calories you’re burning.
It’s faster and brighter
The new Watch features a dual-core processor that Apple claims is 50 per cent faster, as well as a new GPU thashould be twice as fast as the one on the original device.
Alphr’s initial impressions confirm that the new device is speedier.”It feels snappier and more responsive, which is pretty important in a smartwatch.
It’s got GPS
This new Apple Watch doesn’t get 4G connectivity, but a GPS tracker does find its way inside the casing. This should make working out with the device much easier. With the built-in GPS, the Apple Watch 2 records accurate distance, pace and speed for outdoor exercises like running, cycling, hiking, or swimming, without the need for it to be paired to an iPhone.
After a workout, you can pair the device to your iPhone and review your data, plus a map of where you’ve been on the smartphone’s screen. Alternatively, the new GPS chip means that you can use it to play games like Pokemon Go, which will arrive on Apple Watch soon.A part of the Watch Series 2 announcement, Apple also unveiled a new partnership with Nike.
“We’ve worked with Nike for over a decade, and we couldn’t be more excited today to announce Apple Watch Nike+,” Apple said.
“The Apple Watch Nike+ “isn’t just a watch, it’s your perfect running partner. We think it delivers the best running experience out there.”
Price and release
Pre orders for the Watch Series 2 open on Friday 9 September. The new Watch goes on sale a week later – on 16 September.
Aluminium watch faces start at £369, while stainless steel ones are more expensive at £549 upwards. A ceramic version is available at the very top of the range. Its starting price is an eye-watering £1,249.
The original device will remain on sale, now branded as Apple Watch Series 1. It gets some upgrades such as the quicker processors, but it has no GPS chip, nor is it as water resistant. Its starting price is now £269.