Here's what Apple announced at its event today

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  1. DarkSorrow82, Sep 7, 2016
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    From my local news application to you.

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on Apple's San Francisco product event (all times local):

    10:50 a.m.

    A new version of Apple's smartwatch will come with GPS tracking for more accurate workouts and enough water resistance to swim with it.

    Although the first Apple Watch can tap the GPS on a companion phone, that means carrying the phone with you as you hike or run. GPS isn't common in smartwatches, though the upcoming Samsung Gear S3 will also get GPS.

    The previous Apple Watch model is resistant to splashes, but not extensive use in water.

    Apple says one of the engineering challenges has been sealing the speaker port, which needs air to work. The company said it designed the speaker to eject water after workouts. Fitbit has one swim-proof model and Garmin has a few, but the capability isn't common.

    The Apple Watch update was announced 17 months after the first model came out. The "Series 2" watch will also get a faster processor and a brighter display for outdoor use.

    New styles include a case made of ceramic and a run-centric design made in collaboration with Nike.

    The original model is getting a price cut, to $269 from $300, and will get a faster processor. The Series 2 Apple Watch will start at $369. The updates are coming Sept. 16. Existing watches can get new software on Sept. 13.



    10:40 a.m.

    "Pokemon Go" is coming to the Apple Watch.

    John Hanke, CEO of "Pokemon" creator Niantic Labs, says the idea is to allow you to focus more on your surroundings and not the phone while playing. It's coming later this year.

    Hanke says the game has been downloaded more than 500 million times, and people playing have collectively walked 4.6 billion kilometers (2.9 billion miles).

    Hanke said, "It's certainly been a busy summer for us."

    He announced the watch app at an Apple event in San Francisco on Wednesday. CEO Tim Cook joked that the watch app might let him finally break out of Level 2.

    Earlier, Apple announced that the Mario video game is coming to iPhones.

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    10:30 a.m.

    Apple says real-time collaboration features are coming to its word processing, spreadsheet and presentation package.

    It's something Google and Microsoft already offer in some form. Although Apple's iWork package allows syncing through iCloud, it's has been primarily for one person to work on documents at a time.

    The software is available for iPhones, iPads and Mac computers, with a web version for Windows users.

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    10:15 a.m.

    The video game character Mario is coming to iPhones. CEO Tim Cook said the popular Japanese game had been missing until now.

    Shigeru Miyamoto, described as the "Father of Mario" from Nintendo, said through a translator that "Super Mario Runs" is designed to be played one-handed — while holding a handle on the subway, eating a hamburger or . eating an apple.

    Miyamoto didn't announce the price, but said the game will sell for a fixed price, so you won't have to keep ponying up as you advance through the game.

    Nintendo has long resisted bringing Mario to mobile phones, instead relying on the character to bolster demand for its own hand-held DS gaming systems.

    The event in San Francisco on Wednesday started with video showing TV host James Corden driving to the event and bantering with Cook about how he ought to wear a suit made of apples. As Cook walked on stage, he puts on the funny glasses from the ride, then shook his head and threw them offstage.

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    9:30 a.m.

    Eyes are on Apple on Wednesday as the company prepares to unveil expected new iPhones and other products at an event in San Francisco starting at 1 p.m. EDT.

    Analysts say the new iPhones could help Apple recover modestly from a recent dip in sales. But with few expected dramatic changes from previous models, Apple watchers aren't expecting the kind of big spikes in consumer demand that the company saw two years ago, when it introduced larger screens.

    Apple sold nearly 92 million iPhones during the first six months of this year, about 15 percent fewer than the same period last year. This year marks the first time that Apple has seen such declines. Industry analysts say it's because last fall's iPhone 6S and 6S Plus didn't contain many new features or improvements.

    Investors are hoping for a bigger boost in sales next year. Wall Street analysts say reports from Apple's Asian manufacturers and suppliers indicate the company has decided to wait a year before introducing a major overhaul of the phone in 2017. That will be the iPhone's 10th anniversary.
     
  2. warburg macrumors 6502

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    I don't think that anything was said about size changes. Presumably the watches will come in 38mm and 42mm variants. Will the current bands fit on the Apple Watch 2?
     
  3. DarkSorrow82 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I don't know if they will. You would assume if the sizes are the same they would.
     
  4. warburg macrumors 6502

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    I'm not sure if the sizes are the same. I'm just going with the assumption made by Macrumors. Isn't it peculiar that Cook didn't say anything about this rather important aspect?
     
  5. caligurl, Sep 7, 2016
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    Based on the video and a lot of the same bands currently available... AND based on the comment by the guy doing the presentation that the new white ceramic watch looks great with the EXISTING BANDS....

    100% sure they will be the same size, as in 38 and 42

    I'm not concerned if the new ones a micrometer longer, taller, thicker, heavier, etc.....

    I'm happy all my bands will work!
     
  6. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    No reason to mention it if it's negligible like between iPhone main models and S-type models (e.g., iPhone 3G vs. 3GS). From this MR article:

    "The Apple Watch 2's slightly different measurements continued in the height and width of its display (appearing to be a 42mm model), which measured 39.47 mm tall and 33.43 mm wide. The first generation Apple Watch came in at 38.74 mm tall and 32.65 mm wide, so while the Apple Watch 2 is slightly taller and longer, the overall difference appears to be similarly negligible as iPhone generations that jump between the main models and an "S" generation."
     
  7. warburg, Sep 7, 2016
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    They don't seem to be selling the watch without a band, so wouldn't you in effect have to buy a new band anyway?
     
  8. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    No different from your having to buy the accessories that come with the new iPhone anyway (even though you already have them).
     
  9. caligurl macrumors 68030

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    well, yes... but all the hundreds are dollars of bands I bought for my first watches still fit the new one....
     
  10. mschira8 macrumors newbie

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    Yea. Removing the headphone jack "courageous" of course Tim. Courageous would have been to move from lighening to USB 3.
    Now if you have a iPhone 7 and a Mac, your headphones connect to either or, but not both.
    Great!
    M
     

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