Wa­ter-re­sis­tant Ap­ple Watch 2 un­veiled

Ap­ple’s smart­watch de­buts with wa­ter-re­sis­tant ca­pa­bil­i­ties, built-in GPS and a new Nike edi­tion. re­ports

Macworld - - Contents - Os­car Ray­mundo

Al­most two years af­ter the Ap­ple Watch was first un­veiled in 2014, Ap­ple has fi­nally pulled the cur­tain back on its sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion smart­watch.

The Ap­ple Watch Se­ries 2 with dual-core, a brighter dis­play, swim-proof ca­pa­bil­i­ties and built-in GPS was un­veiled dur­ing Ap­ple’s event. This new model has a re­designed speaker to make it

wa­ter-re­sis­tant down to 50m. Other than that, this up­dated smart­watch looks near-iden­ti­cal to the first Ap­ple Watch, now known as Ap­ple Watch Se­ries 1, which was only splash-proof.

Even though the Ap­ple Watch Se­ries 2 boasts a built-in GPS, it lacks cel­lu­lar con­nec­tiv­ity. This means that you will still need an iPhone nearby for your Se­ries 2 to per­form data-heavy op­er­a­tions.

The Ap­ple Watch Se­ries 2 comes in con­junc­tion with watchOS 3, which Ap­ple first un­veiled this sum­mer at WWDC and is avail­able now. The lat­est it­er­a­tion of watchOS 3 makes apps launch seven times faster, lets you write with your fin­ger­tip to cre­ate mes­sages, and ac­tiv­ity-shar­ing so you can com­pete with your friends.

Ap­ple Watch Nike+ for run­ners

Ap­ple has also part­nered with Nike to cre­ate a spe­cial edi­tion of Ap­ple Watch. The Ap­ple Watch Nike+ is de­signed specif­i­cally for run­ners with light­weight alu­minium and per­fo­rated band. With this run­ning-fo­cused Watch you can sim­ply tell Siri to start a run. When you’re out on your run, you can get a dis­trac­tion-free dis­play with just the dis­tance and pace, or en­able an ‘ad­vanced’ mode with more de­tails about your work­out.

Mo­ti­va­tion is a main com­po­nent of the Ap­ple Watch Nike+. You will get ‘Are We Run­ning To­day?’ no­ti­fi­ca­tions, such as when was the last time you went on a run, if the weather is per­fect to go out­side, or in­for­ma­tion from your friends to keep you mo­ti­vated. In ad­di­tion, Ap­ple Watch Nike+ has a ‘Just Do It Sun­days’ to get users run­ning on the last day of the week. Pur­chas­ing an Ap­ple

Watch Nike+ will also get you a mem­ber­ship to the Nike+ Run Club, which will per­son­alised coach­ing ses­sions, gear rec­om­men­da­tions, and ac­cess to live runs around the world.

The Ap­ple Watch Nike+ comes in four colours and will be avail­able in late Oc­to­ber for £369. As for the Ap­ple Watch Se­ries 2, there is a new ce­ramic body that’s ac­tu­ally harder than stain­less steel. Ap­ple has also cre­ated two new Her­més bands and new colours. Prices start at £1,149

The Ap­ple Watch Se­ries 2 will also start at £369. The orig­i­nal Ap­ple Watch Se­ries 1 is now £269.

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