Apple Watch 2
The Apple Watch Series 2 comes with a built-in GPS, water resistance to 50 meters, a dual-core processor, a brighter display and watchOS 3. Although the updates are needed and welcome, one of the biggest and most impressive changes came from the watchOS 3.
●Faster dual-core S2 processor
●Standalone, built-in GPS
●Screen 2X as bright as first-gen models
●Comes with watchOS 3
●Price range: $369-$1,249
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S2 processor, watchOS 3
Theater Mode, SiriKit
Apple has said that it will be adding SiriKit on the Apple Watch, and is implementing Theater Mode in the newest watchOS system software. However, it has yet to give an indication as to when the beta will be made available as of late January.
SiriKit has been available on the iPhone and iPad since iOS 10 was released. In addition to extending Siri's support for messaging, photo search and phone calls to more apps when paired with an iPhone, SiriKit also adds support for new services, including ride booking and personal payments.
"Theater Mode” was first leaked in late-December as a feature for the iPhone, and it appears it will allow Apple Watch owners to disable the “rise to wake” function on the watch, but still notify users with haptic feedback of notifications without illuminating the watch. A subsequent tap on the watch face will wake the watch.
Built-in GPS radio
Initial sales show increase in new users
In a survey performed by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, over 1,000 customers were polled about Apple’s new Apple Watch and of the 8 percent of the total respondent pool who declared that they were planning on buying the Apple Watch Series 2, 70 percent would be new buyers.
Apple released the Apple Watch Nike+ in October 2016, a few weeks after the initial Apple Watch Series 2 launch. It is available in 38mm- ($369) or 42mm-wide ($399) models.
Nike said this has been in the works since it first partnered with Apple in 2006 for the co-branded Nike+ iPod Sport Kit, a wireless system that connected between a sensor that could be inserted in footwear and iPod.
Like all Apple Watch Series 2 models, the Nike+ has built-in GPS that allows athletes to track their pace, distance and route — without the need to bring an iPhone with them during their activities. The Apple Watch Nike+ also has water resistance to a depth of 50 meters, allowing it to be worn while swimming.
The watch also comes with with one of four different perforated fluoroelastomer bands and has two exclusive Nike clock faces, one "digital" and one "analog," which users can customize. The Nike+ Run Club app is also included, which on top of tracking runs offers social and motivational functions like leaderboards.
Shoe and accessories boutique TOMS has also announced a new line of Apple Watch straps featuring woven fabric and leather accents, with each purchase providing one year of solar light to people in need.