At Apple’s iPhone Keynote today, Apple COO Jeff Williams took to the stage to announce the next generation Apple Watch, the Apple Watch Series 2, and yes it’ll be waterproof, or technically “swim proof” says Apple.
The device seems to have improved everything over its predecessor, with water resistance for upto 50 meters, and a new GPS chip, perfect for fitness fanatics. The new GPS chip is likely the best part of the new watch as it allows for the device to perform as a solo unit, not from a paired smartphone.
The Apple Watch Series 2 will also feature a new upgraded S2 processor, a dual-core processor which Apple claims is 50 percent faster than its predecessor meaning using apps and general navigation around the watch will be much smoother, especially with the added benefits of watchOS 3.
According to Apple, the Apple Watch has become the second most popular watch in the world, and the most popular Smartwatch – an interesting claim considering it lacked a ton of fitness tracking features. With this new device however, it’s likely going to push far ahead of the competition.
The Apple Watch Series 2 will launch for $369, which isn’t too bad. It can be pre-ordered on September 9.
As well as the new Apple Watch Series 2, Apple also had something else up their sleeves, the Apple Watch Nike+, a watch which is pretty much targeted directly at fitness fanatics. It’ll come with its own suite of Nike+ apps, and will launch late October.
Finally, wrapping up, Apple revealed that the original Apple Watch, now named the Series 1, will stay in line, but will now come with the new dual-core processor. This new watch will start from $269. Pre-orders open on September 9.
Watch OS 3 will also launch on September 13.