Apple is only behind Rolex in terms of retail sales worldwide, if you believe the presentation at the launch of the new Apple Watch Series 2, the next generation of the world’s most popular smartwatch. The most significant upgrade in the Series 2 is that the smartwatch is now swim-proof with a water resistance 50 meters and has a built-in GPS so users can now run without an iPhone.
It is good news for fitness enthusiasts who’ve longed for a waterproof wearable. Swimmers can peruse two new workout options, pool and open water; and the smartwatch can count laps, track average lap pace and auto-detect stroke type to accurately measure active calorie burn.
Good news for runners too. With a built-in GPS, Apple Watch Series 2 records precise distance, pace and speed for outdoor workouts such as walking, running or cycling, without needing to take an iPhone. Users can begin an outdoor workout immediately as Apple Watch Series 2 uses Wi-Fi, GPS and locally stored satellite data to quickly identify their location. A route map can details the variations in speed in the Activity app on iPhone.
With a dual-core processor, the S2 chip that powers the watch is 50 per cent faster that Series 1. A brighter display ensures good visibility at a glance even when outside on a sunny day.
With a dual-core processor, the S2 chip that powers the watch is 50 per cent faster that Series 1.
The updated OS, watchOS 3, makes it simpler to launch apps instantly, either from the watch face or with the new Dock, which displays the latest information already updated in the background. New fitness and health capabilities include a Breathe app, designed to encourage users to take a moment in their day to do deep breathing exercises for relaxation and stress reduction. The Activity app now includes the ability to share, compare and compete, keeping friends and family motivated. There is also a customized experience for wheelchair users to close their Activity rings, in addition to dedicated workouts.
Apart from the existing Hermès collaboration, Apple has partnered with Nike for the S2 to create an Apple Watch Nike+ that integrates well with the sportswear brand’s running app. This edition is paired with a perforated rubber strap. A new ceramic case debuts for the first time replacing the gold Apple Watch Edition.
New watch faces including Minnie Mouse, Activity and Numerals. Apple Watch Series 2 will be available in gold, rose gold, silver or space gray aluminum, or silver or space black stainless steel cases Dh1,499; and the new ceramic Apple Watch Edition starts at Dh4,999 from Apple Watch Nike+ starts at Dh1,499 and Apple Watch Hermès starts at Dh4,599.