Featuring water resistance to 50 metres, GPS, two-times brighter display, dual core processor and watchOS 3
Apple has introduced Apple Watch Series 2, the next generation of its smartwatch. Apple Watch Series 2 is packed with fitness and health capabilities including a water resistance 50 metre rating for swimming, and built-in GPS so users can now run without an iPhone.
Apple Watch Series 2 also features a dramatically brighter display and a powerful dual core processor. Combined with the performance enhancements of watchOS 3, Apple Watch Series 2 makes it even easier to access third party apps, receive and respond to notifications and use Apple Pay.
Apple Watch Series 2 will be available in more than 25 countries beginning Friday 16 September, along with iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
“We’re thrilled with the response to Apple Watch and how it’s changed people’s lives. We are committed to fitness and health and think our customers will love the new capabilities of Apple Watch Series 2,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer.
For swimmers, Apple developed all-new algorithms after hundreds of hours of research for two new workout options; pool and open water. Apple Watch Series 2 can count laps, track average lap pace and auto-detect stroke type to accurately measure active calorie burn.
With built-in GPS, Apple Watch Series 2 records precise distance, pace and speed for outdoor workouts such as walking, running or cycling, without needing to take an iPhone. Users can begin an outdoor workout immediately as Apple Watch Series 2 uses Wi-Fi, GPS and locally stored satellite data to quickly identify their location.
On completion of an outdoor workout, users can view a route map that shows variations in speed in the Activity app on iPhone. Whether running, going for a swim or walking between meetings, the Activity app on Apple Watch Series 2 counts all daily activity towards the Stand, Move and Exercise rings.
Also today, Apple and Nike introduced Apple Watch Nike+, the latest result of a long standing partnership. Apple Watch Nike+ is a tool for anyone who runs, pairing exclusive Nike Sport Bands with Apple Watch Series 2.
Apple Watch Nike+ also includes exclusive Siri commands and iconic Nike watch faces along with deep integration with the new Nike+ Run Club app for motivation to go for a run, coaching plans that adapt to your unique schedule and progress, and guidance from the world’s best coaches and athletes.
Finally, Apple and Hermès introduced new Apple Watch Hermès styles and an expanded assortment of bands that incorporate Hermès’ signature palette alongside a series of new colours.