Apple Announces Swimproof 'Apple Watch Series 2' With Built-In GPS and New Ceramic Edition

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    Apple today announced the second generation Apple Watch, which it's calling "Series 2," confirming a handful of previously rumored features on the wearable device. Series 2 is swimproof and water resistant up to 50 meters, so users can "wear their watch with confidence in the water." The company also confirmed that Series 2 has built-in GPS so users can get more accurate pace and distance readouts during running workouts.

    Apple's announcement was focused on the fitness features of Apple Watch Series 2, particularly attempting to craft intelligent and user-friendly swimming workouts on the wearable device. The new algorithims it has developed are for pool and open water swimming sessions, with Series 2 able to "count laps, track average lap pace and auto-detect stroke type to accurately measure active calorie burn."

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    Thanks to the built-in GPS, Apple Watch Series 2 can record precise distance, pace, and speed readouts during outdoor runs and bike rides, all without needing to take an iPhone along during the workout. The connected iPhone Activity app will allow users to delve into even more detailed information about their workout session after they're finished.

    With a dual-core processor and all-new second-generation S2 chip, Apple Watch Series 2 is up to 50 percent faster than the first generation. A new GPU also improves the device's overall graphics performance, allowing for a display that's 2x brighter (ranked at 1,000 nits) than the first Apple Watch, so it's easier to read in bright sunlight.


    In addition to aluminum and stainless steel models, the company is introducing a new ceramic Apple Watch Edition in Series 2, which has a pearl-like, smooth white color. Apple briefly touched upon a new set of Hermès bands, as well, including versions of Single Tour, Double Tour, Cuff, and Double Buckle Cuff.

    Although specific casing prices and band collections have yet to be divulged, the company did confirm that Apple Watch Series 2 will start at $369, and the ceramic Apple Watch Edition will start at $1249, with pre-orders taking place on September 9 and an official launch on September 16. Apple Watch Hermès starts at $1149, and Apple Watch Nike+ starts at $369, but ships in October.

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    Beginning Friday, September 16, Apple Watch Series 2 will be available in: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, UAE, the UK and the US.

    As a side note, the company is also now calling generation one "Series 1," and will have models starting at $269, with a processor upgrade to put it on the level of Series 2. The same order and launch dates of September 9 and September 16 apply for Series 1.

    Article Link: Apple Announces Swimproof 'Apple Watch Series 2' With Built-In GPS and New Ceramic Edition
     
  2. avanpelt macrumors 68030

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    I'm interested but battery life hasn't been mentioned yet -- which seems odd.
     
  3. saschke macrumors 6502

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    Is it a sign to replace my first-gen Watch if my Garmin Swim gave up two days ago?
     
  4. Jmausmuc macrumors 6502a

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    Oh no, no word on battery life.

    Incredibly modest upgrade imho.
     
  5. MrGimper macrumors 603

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    Underwhelmed so far, but then again I never had a problem with my current watch.
     
  6. twocents macrumors regular

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    The ceramic model looks gorgeous! Even though the early adopters have had 18 months to enjoy their watches, Series 2 are definitely worth envying about
     
  7. Return Zero macrumors 6502a

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    Yas. I'll be buying one. Battery life surely offset by brighter screen and GPS. Probably same expectancy, which is fine.
     
  8. scaramoosh macrumors 6502a

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    Meh, I'll wait for the Watch 3, nothing worth caring about in this upgrade.
     
  9. bchreng macrumors 65816

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    Better water resistance and built-in GPS are enough for me. Can't wait to get one!
     
  10. mamaway macrumors member

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    Does it show the time when you look at it?

    I just switched to a Gear S2 (and Galaxy... just to see what I'm missing :p) and I cannot tell you how much more useful the watch is when you can just look down and see the time on the always-on display. Granted I had to turn that feature on and it eats more battery, but I can still get through the day on a full charge.

    (I'll switch back when the Apple Watch gets OLED and a cellular connection)
     
  11. avanpelt macrumors 68030

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    The Nike Plus thing is bizarre. So if I want those things, I need to buy the Nike version of the watch? Strange that they didn't just make it an app.
     
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    OHHHH SNAP! S2 in Series 1 at just $270. Choices, choices...
     
  13. mi7chy macrumors 603

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    Feel sorry for the people who bought the first gen AW since series 2 is what the first gen should've been.
     
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    Ceramic Watch is foretelling of the next iPhone. The rumors of glass are likely close, but it will be a version of ceramic - my guess.
     
  15. mattburley7 macrumors 68040

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    so when is the series 2 watch available? all i saw was pre-order september 9th
     
  16. avanpelt macrumors 68030

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    Absolutely no mention of battery life on the new Apple Watch. That's concerning. If it was even the same, you'd think they would've said, "We have all this additional power but the battery life is the same as the original Apple Watch."
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    September 16th. Nike Plus version is available in October.
     
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    ugh i just happen to be going on vacation september 15th and wont be back till the 26th so I will be late to the party on getting one.. im usually the type that gets apple products on launch day.
     
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    Did putting the S2 in the current gen and calling it Series 1, just kill the resale value of my Gen 1???
     
  20. Technarchy macrumors 604

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    Ceramic looks amazing.

    No word on battery life at all.

    Strange omission.
     
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    The Apple Watch has an Amoled display
     
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    So - any kind of "for $100, you can have your original Apple Watch be serviced and get an S2 upgrade" kind of deal going to happen? I would love it if it was that simple to get the faster CPU on my original Watch.

    EDIT: I'd also like to know if one can buy a series 1 or 2 w/o the band.
     
  24. KPOM macrumors G5

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    They fixed what was "wrong" with the first Apple Watch and added a nice new premium material at what should be a much more affordable price than the gold.
     

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