A sec­ond series for Watch

Af­ter a pop­u­lar first run, the Watch is back for more

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The Ap­ple Watch was al­ways known to be the best-sell­ing smart­watch, but quite how well it was do­ing against more tra­di­tional time­pieces sur­prised even us.

Ap­ple sold so many Watches that it was the sec­ond-high­est sell­ing watch brand in the world in 2015, sec­ond only to Rolex. And the Watch was only on sale for eight months of the year – not bad for what many deem a flop.

It was so good that Ap­ple has brought it back for a sec­ond run: Ap­ple Watch Series 2. Un­doubt­edly the big­gest sell­ing point this time around is that Series 2 is water-re­sis­tant to a depth of 50 me­tres. You can take it for a swim and get ac­cu­rate per­for­mance info right from your wrist, mak­ing it use­ful to a whole new batch of health en­thu­si­asts. Ap­ple re­vealed Series 2 has a built-in al­go­rithm to cal­cu­late calo­rie burn while swim­ming, plus laps, stroke ef­fi­ciency, dis­tance and more.

Run­away suc­cess

Ap­ple also seems to have lis­tened to Watch fans who lamented the lack of GPS in the orig­i­nal model – it’s here in Series 2. That means there’s no need to take your iPhone with you if you want to keep track of the route you took on a hike, how fast you were on a run, or the dis­tance you went on an evening stroll. At the end of your ex­cur­sion, the Watch will bring up a colour-coded map to show your speed at each point.

Although it wasn’t men­tioned dur­ing the show, Ap­ple up­dated its range of Watch straps. As well as new colours and styles for the Her­mès straps, there are four new Sport Bands, five new colours for the Wo­ven Ny­lon strap, and a new Sea Blue colour for the Clas­sic Buckle. How­ever, while Ap­ple re­freshed colour op­tions for some Watch straps, it also re­duced the num­ber of op­tions for some kinds.

For fit­ness fa­nat­ics, the Ap­ple Watch Nike+ is like a beefed-up Ap­ple Watch Sport, and does just about ev­ery­thing in its power to get you mo­ti­vated for fit­ness. One of its main fea­tures is a tie-in with Nike Run Club, which en­cour­ages you to join up with other run­ners in your area. If you want to race against friends rather than with them, the Nike+ will prompt you to beat their score on a run­ners’ leader­board. You can also sched­ule runs and the Nike+ will re­mind you of them in ad­vance. The whole de­vice is aimed at get­ting you out of the house and onto the track.

The Ap­ple Watch Nike+ is aimed at get­ting you out of the house and out onto the track

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