Keeping Pace with Apple Watch Series 2
During the September 7 media event, Apple announced the latest version of the Apple Watch, dubbed “Series 2.” The more advanced device pairs with new hardware to ensure a better user experience than the original Apple Watch device launched in April 2015. Coupled with watchOS 3, it is argued to operate much more smoothly than its predecessor and some armchair pundits have called it, the watch Apple should have originally released.
Apple Watch Series 2 Hardware
As touted in Apple’s announcement video, the new device features focus very well on sporting activities. Series 2 includes an all new built-in GPS. This is a welcomed upgrade for activities that need navigation and location tracking, but without the need to carry along a companion iPhone. The GPS guarantees precise distance, speed, and pace while walking, running, or cycling outdoors. In contrast to some other GPS-enabled competitors, Apple claims the GPS is always ready to begin accurately tracking your movements. When coming back to the iPhone, it will be able to provide a mapped route of the activity, with heat mapping for speeds.
The new Series 2 is also advertised as water resistant to 50 meters under ISO standard 22810:2010, which allows for shallow-water activities like swimming in a pool or ocean. With a new speaker technology, it will empty the speaker chamber, when you exit the workout. Additionally, Workout App now provides measured tracking for swims in closed or open water situations.
Series 2 comes with additional stylistic options as well. Apple continues its strong relationship with Nike, by announcing the new Apple Watch Nike+. This new branded model comes in its own color schemes and gives runners extra tools for quickly and accurately tracking runs. The new Apple Watch Edition dropped the expensive gold option in favor of a more affordable ceramic casing, but still requires an entry price of $1,249.
Software is beginning to advance Apple Watch and the newest watchOS 3 is compatible with all versions on the market. New features like the Breathe App, which reminds you to intentionally participate in controlled breathing throughout the day, are enhancing the way all watch users interact with the device.
A new companion app for iPhone provides a more robust way to manage, update, change, and switch watch faces. Additional watch face complications provide quicker access to information at a quick glance and shortcut to additional details. Also, new watch faces include the ability to see Activity Rings, at a moments notice. Taking things one step farther, Activity App now allows for social sharing of workout information and quick ways to challenge or motivate friends and family.
The new Dock feature allows wearers to quickly switch between apps and with background app refresh, the data is always up to date. Setting these Docked apps is simplified from the watch itself or a dock control section in the companion iPhone app.
Series 2 rounds out the, perhaps, immature predecessor with more fluid actions, thanks to a dual core chip and the software advantages of watchOS 3. Apple Watch Series 2 is now available in-store and for online orders. Apple Watch Hermes, Nike+, and Edition will be available shortly this fall.