Apple Watch Series 2 specs, features, price & availability

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Apple announced the Apple Watch Series 2, the 2nd generation smartwatch along with two new Apple iPhone devices. From the outside, the Apple Watch Series 2 looks the same as its predecessor. The only difference in the design is that the Apple Watch Series 2 is water resistant to depths of 50 meters, which means you can swim while wearing the Watch. Inside the company has completely redesigned the second series Apple Watch.

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Apple Watch Series 2 specs & features

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The notable improvements in the specs sheet includes a dual core processor and better graphics that according to Apple are twice as fast as the original. It is yet to be seen how it compares to other Watches like the Samsung Gear S3 Classic performance wise. Another great improvement under the hood is the addition of the GPS which can be used to measure pace, distance and speed while running or biking. The display on the Apple Watch Series 2 has also been improved and is according to Apple now two times brighter (at over 1000 nits) than the original Apple Watch.

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Apple said nothing about the battery life which is the most important factor while considering a smartwatch. The original Apple Watch has faced frequent criticism for its poor battery and it is very important that Apple Watch two performs better in this department. Since, the new Apple Watch also includes a GPS which will affect the battery life. Apple should have addressed this issue. The Apple Watch does not includes LTE and hence cannot be used independently of your smartphone.

Apple Watch Series 2 Software & Interface

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The Apple Watch Series 2 comes with WatchOS 3 which coupled with the new faster processor should improve app performance and also navigating through the interface. Apple boasts that the watchOS 3 makes the watch capable of accurately calculating swimming workouts and burnt calories putting the water resistance to a use. The WatchOS 3 will also arrive on the older Apple Watch models on September 13.

Apple Watch Series 2 models

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The Apple Watch Series 2 will launch on September 16th in regualr 38mm and 42mm editions  available in aluminium and stainless steel. A new Ceramic model in white will also make its way to the market which Apple boasts is four times tougher than the steel one. Apple will also be launching a Nike+ edition of the Apple Watch series 2 with exclusive Nike band.

Apple Watch Series 2 colors, pricing and availability

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Watch Series 2 will be available in gold, rose gold, silver or space gray aluminum, or silver or space black stainless steel cases paired with a wide variety of bands starting at $369 (US); and the new ceramic Apple Watch Edition starts at $1249 (US) from apple.com, Apple Stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers and carriers. For local availability, visit locate.apple.com. Apple Watch Nike+ starts at $369 (US) and Apple Watch Hermès starts at $1149 (US). All-new Apple Watch Band Kits in gorgeous new colors are available, beginning today.

Customers will be able to order Apple Watch Series 1, Apple Watch Series 2 and Apple Watch Edition beginning Friday, September 9, with availability beginning Friday, September 16, in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, UAE, the UK and the US.

Apple Watch Nike+ will be available to order on apple.com beginning Friday, September 9, with availability in late October, in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, UAE, the UK and the US.

Apple Watch Hermès will be available beginning Friday, September 23 in Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Macau, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, UAE, the UK and the US.

Apple Watch Series 1, Apple Watch Series 2 and Apple Watch Edition will be available beginning Friday, September 23 in Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Cayman Islands, Croatia, Czech Republic, El Salvador, Greece, Guam, Hungary, Jersey, Kuwait, Macau, Monaco, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia and the US Virgin Islands.

Apple Watch Series 1, Apple Watch Series 2 and Apple Watch Edition will be available beginning Friday, October 7 in India and Mexico.

Apple Watch Series 2 requires iPhone 5 or later running iOS 10 or later. watchOS 3 and iOS 10 will be available beginning Tuesday, September 13 as a free software update. Some features are not available in all regions or all languages.