25 October 2016
Apple has finally launched their second-generation Watch at their recently held event in San Francisco. Apple actually calls it the Watch series 2. There are two series dubbed as Series 1 and Series 2. Though it's not new for us, thanks to those numerous leaks and speculations that unwrapped everything. But, yes the names for the same were not known before. Talking about the Apple Watch Series 2, this range has been re-engineered completely and now works closely with the athletes and runners.
It should be noted that the original Apple Watch is being relaunched as the Apple Watch Series 1 with the new processor and that too at an inexpensive price of $269 only. With the launch of the new Watch series 2, Apple is revamping the series; there'll be a new finish: ceramic. It'll join aluminum and stainless steel cases, with the ultra-expensive gold Apple Watch cases in the Series 1 and Series 2. Apple Watch Series 1 will target the entry-level Sport Edition.
According to Apple, the latest Series 2 of Apple Watch is faster, has a brighter display and offers much more beyond any athlete's expectations. Before taking the wraps off the Apple Watch series 2, the event briefly took a rewind of the watchOS 3. The OS which has been in its Beta stage will now be thrown to public on September 13th. As revealed in June through the WWDC event, Apple's watchOS 3 has an instant launch feature that helps in launching the apps quicker and easier, dock - to access quick apps, interchangeable watch faces, stickers, activity sharing, a special Breathe app - brand new app that reminds every day to do deep breathing exercises. Other features include SoS and a few notable Fitness apps.
But, there is one special app that has been debuted with the Apple Watch series 2 and this is Pokemon Go. The latest GPS feature and then the arrival of Pokemon app do reveal something and what you're thinking is correct. Apple says that with Pokemon Go on the Watch series 2, one will not miss any Pokemon Stop. While playing the Pokemon Go, the watch will also tell how far you have travelled, though it's a basic feature but does sound better as it is now associated with the capabilities of the Watch Series 2. Google has recently embedded a special feature in their Maps for catching Pokemon seamlessly. And, Apple is likely to follow the same path through the GPS capabilities of the Watch series 2, however, we shouldn't comment anything.
Apple Watch series 2 has been re-engineered and added with new features which will be really helpful for the swimmers.The first-gen has the splash-proof capabilities but the latest one is swim-proof which can handle the strokes for up to 50 meters. The latest Apple Watch series 2 is robust and every part of the device has been developed in accordance with the design and priorities of any swimmer, runner or athlete. For instance, the speakers of the devices have been redesigned in such a way that it can eject water on its own. Apple says to provide the legitimate proofs, the Watch series 2 was made to pass through several tests. For this, they specially made a simulator and allowed the device to show its endurance against the harsh tests. Hundreds and thousands of strokes were bombarded on the Watch series 2 and the device showed the surprising results and gave the proof of its boldness.
Apple said that the calculation of calorie burnt during swimming is quite tricky and they had to make a way that could produce accurate calculations. Apple Watch series 2 gives exact calculations, lap counts and how many calories a swimmer has burned.
It has a 2nd-gen display which is 2x brighter, brightest display Apple has ever released. It's really vivid in sunlight. And yes, don't forget the built-in GPS the most rumored feature. Apple also releases the milky white version of the Watch series 2. The device is made up of aluminum and it offers beauty and strength at the same time. It is powered by the 2nd-gen SiP (System in Package), a dual-core processor which is up to 50% faster. The processor is accompanied by a new GPU that delivers 2X graphic performance.
Hermes introduces new style of colors for the Apple Watch series 2 -
Like the first-gen Watch, Apple once again brings the Hermes edition. The new collection includes the Double Buckle Cuff and a reimagined take on the classic Single Tour. There is also a light and flexible Sport Band in signature Hermès orange.
Apple Watch Hermès is available in two different case sizes, 38 mm and 42 mm. The 38 mm Single Tour is $1149 (US); 42 mm Single Tour is $1199 (US); 38 mm Double Tour is $1299 (US); 42 mm Single Tour Deployment Buckle is $1399 (US); and 38 mm Double Buckle Cuff is $1499 (US) from select Apple Stores and select Hermès stores, specialty stores, and department stores. These Hermes bands will be sold separately beginning Friday, September 16.
Apple Watch series 2 Nike Plus -
Apple also launched a special model in partnership with Nike. The latest in the Apple Watch series 2 family is the Nike Plus variant. Apple Watch Nike+ takes the performance tracking to a whole new level. Trevor Edwards, President, Nike, took the stage and talked about the relationship with Apple and a few interesting and unique features of the Apple Watch series 2 Nike+ edition.
Apple Watch Nike+, like all Apple Watch Series 2 models, features built-in GPS to track pace, distance, and route, so users can run without an iPhone. With the brightest display, Apple has ever made, metrics are easy to read, no matter the sun’s glare, and if users decide to take a quick dive in the pool, Apple Watch Nike+ is water resistant 50 meters, for swimming.
Apple Watch Nike+ will be available to order on apple.com beginning Friday, September 9, with availability in late October, in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, UAE, the UK and the US.
Let's take a quick round on the prices and availability of the Apple Watch series 2 -
Apple Watch is available in two different case sizes, 38 mm and 42 mm. Apple Watch Series 1 will be available in gold, rose gold, silver or space gray aluminum cases paired with a Sport Band and starts at just $269 (US).
Apple Watch Series 2 will be available in gold, rose gold, silver or space gray aluminum, or silver or space black stainless steel cases paired with a wide variety of bands starting at $369 (US); and the new ceramic Apple Watch Edition starts at $1249 (US) from Apple's official website.