Update: The Apple keynote on September 7 revealed additional information about the Apple Watch 2. Here's what's next with the new Apple Watch.
Officially called the Apple Watch Series 2, this smartwatch is rated water resistant up to 50 meters. You'll be able to swim with it, surf with it, and wash dishes with it without worrying — all of the entry points, besides the speaker, have been closed.
For Series 2, the speaker system is designed to actually eject the water from the device, which is proof enough that technology will eventually take over the planet because a self-ejecting speaker is the coolest tech ever.
Apple analyzed swimmers to build its calorie burn algorithm while you swim, both during pool swim and open water swims. Over time, the watch will learn about you and become more accurate over time, tailoring its algorithm just to you.
SiP — System in a Package — has a GPU that is up to two times faster and delivers better graphics performance. For example, Night Sky, an app that allows you to view constellations and planets, has been able to add even greater detail through S2's system.
It features a display that is two times brighter than any other Apple product at 1,000 nits, which will make it easy to read in direct sunlight.
Runners lamented, and Apple answered. The new Apple Watch comes with on-board GPS that will track your workout without your phone. You'll get GPS accurate pace and distance, with a route map that is color-coded to show your varying speeds.
Pokémon Go Plus works with your iPhone to enable heads-up gameplay with Pokémon Go, and it's available later this month. The Apple Watch partnership is intended to seamlessly blend Pokemon Go with your everyday life — so you can just casually be a Pokémon trainer 24/7.
The main screen will show your current level and XP needed to progress. While you walk, you'll be able to see your calories burned and distance travelled.
Collect some items at PokéStops by swiping your screen. You can view your entire workout and inventory at the end of your walk. Be the very best with Apple Watch — directly from your wrist.
It'll ship before end of year, according to the keynote.
- Add reactions to messages
- Write custom replies on your screen with Scribble
- Can share your activity rings with friends
- Deep-breathing exercises with Breathe app will help you manage everyday stress
- Fitness apps have access to real-time heart rate
- Ping will use the gyroscope to analyze and (hopefully) improve your golf swing
- The Apple Watch S2 will add a safety feature to contact emergency services by pressing a side button — something you never want to have to use, but a huge comfort to know it's there.
Apple revealed a new white ceramic case with a gorgeous, pearl-like shine. It's four times harder than stainless steel — "an ultimate combination of beauty and strength."
Apple Watch Series 2 has partnered with Hermès again, revealing two new bands and buckles to boost your fashion game.
Apple Watch Nike+
A watch designed specifically with runners in mind, the partnership between Apple and Nike brings a watch with a stretchy, breathable wristband.
A series of apps are designed to make running easier and an integrated part of your life.
"It is faster, it is brighter, it is water resistant so you can swim with it ... it has all the power of OS3," says Jeff Williams. "We think Apple Watch is the ultimate device for a healthy life."
The Apple Watch and Apple Watch Nike+ will cost $369.
The same dual core processor will be added in the original Apple Watch, now called Series 1, which starts at $269. It'll be available late September.
There were no updates to the Apple Watch's battery life, which leaves us to guess it'll share the same battery life as the original watch: about a day.
Apple CEO Tim Cook stated that the Apple Watch will get "better and better." Of course, it's no secret that the smartwatch's first-generation model didn't meet expectations — and there's definitely room to grow.
Apple Watch 2 Rumors
TechRadar reports that there may be two Apple Watch 2 models with battery-efficient processors, and one might have a GPS chip. The product's release date announcement is expected on September 7, along with the unveiling of new iPhones, at a livestreamed event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco at 10 a.m. Follow this page for updates from the event!
According to MacRumors, the Apple Watch 2 could have the following features.
A photo of a larger lithium-ion battery has surfaced on Chinese social media site Weibo — and it's allegedly designed for the 42mm model Apple Watch 2. The photo suggests the potential for a 35.7% larger battery.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts the long-awaited arrival of a built-in GPS feature in the Apple Watch 2. Notably, the original Apple Watch required runners to lug their phones along with them if they wanted to map their runs — and since nobody likes a sweaty phone, this update is long overdue.
There's no question that waterproofing should be added to the new Apple Watch, especially now that Fitbit has finally been able to overcome its long-suffering struggle to waterproof its fitness trackers. However, we can't say for certain whether the Apple Watch 2 will officially be able to survive laps in the pool.
Apple Watch 2 Release Date
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Somebody came into our store today determined to buy an Apple Watch 2. Haha people sure are eager— iStore New Zealand (@iStoreNZ) August 22, 2016
Apple Watch 2 Price
The original Apple Watch debuted at $349, which was a tough sell. Apple eventually dropped the price to $299 after Black Friday. But with a larger battery, GPS functionality, and even waterproofing, a return to the $349 range is fair — especially if they took a cue from customer complaints and updated the smartwatch's software.
What are you most looking forward to in the Apple Watch 2? Let us know in the comments below!