In addition to unveiling the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Apple also announced its next generation smartwatch, dubbed Apple Watch Series 2. The new generation does not differ from the first generation in terms of design, but there are a number of significant changes under the hood.
The Apple Watch Series 2 features a new dual-core Apple S2 SIP chip, which is claimed to offer a 50% jump in performance when compared to the previous generation. Similarly, GPU performance is also said to have gone up by two times. The display, while unchanged in terms of size, is now a lot brighter with a peak brightness of 1,000 nits. That’s twice as bright as the Apple Watch and is also the brightest display Apple has ever shipped.
The Watch Series 2 is water resistant up to 50 meters and can now be used for swimming as well. It comes with two new workout options – pool and open water. The smartwatch is capable of counting laps, track average lap pace and auto-detect stroke type in order to give you accurate calorie burn numbers. For outdoor workouts such as walking, running or cycling, the Apple Watch Series 2 can now record precise distance, pace and speed even when you don’t have your iPhone with you. This has been made possible by the built-in GPS.
On the software front, Apple is introducing watchOS 3 with the new watch. The new OS is claimed to deliver improved performance, a new Dock with latest information constantly updated in the background, new fitness and health capabilities, and several new watch faces.
The Watch Series 2 will be available in lightweight aluminum or stainless steel cases, with a choice of multiple new band colors. It will be available in two different case sizes – 38mm and 42mm, with prices starting at $369. The new smartwatch will go on sale in Singapore and other major markets around the world starting September 16. A special Nike+ Edition has been announced as well, which is also going to start at $369.