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Hands-on with new Apple Watch Series 2

By Ciara Alarcon & Kenny Yeo - 8 Sep 2016

Hands-on with new Apple Watch Series 2

The new Apple Watch Series 2.


Apple has unveiled its new smartwatch, the Apple Watch Series 2. It has the same design as the original Apple Watch, however, Watch Series 2 is better inside.

In fact, the new Apple Watch Series 2 does boast a couple of important new features. First, it’s now water resistant to 50 meters, which means it can be used for swimming. And to complement that, the watch’s fitness tracking app now has a new mode for swimming activities.

The speakers on the new Apple Watch Series 2 have been designed to push water out of the speaker ports.

Mainly because of the speakers, however, it was a challenge for Apple to make the Watch Series 2 a waterproof device.To get around this problem, Apple has to re-engineer a new type of speaker that can eject water out of the speaker ports to prevent it from flooding.


How do you tell if its the new Apple Watch Series 2? Flip the watch over and look.

The other important new feature is that it has a built-in GPS. And of course, the new Apple Watch Series 2 also boasts upgraded components. The display is 50 percent brighter and is rated at 1000 nits. This makes it the brightest display on any Apple device. In addition, the new S2 SoC is 50 percent faster and offers double the graphics performance of its predecessor.

On the wrist, the new Apple Watch Series 2 wears identically to its predecessor.

The Apple Watch Series 2 will come in the same 38mm and 42mm sizes. And in terms of dimension, it’s nearly identical to the first generation Apple Watch - rebranded as Apple Watch Series 1 - except that it’s a little thicker. On the wrist, however, the new Apple Watch Series 2 feels almost the same and the extra thickness is unnoticeable.

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The Apple Watch Nike+ can be loud and brash, depending on the color combination you pick.

The running app on the Apple Watch Nike+ is a little different, and its unique to the Nike+ watches.

Fitness enthusiasts can also look forward to the new Apple Watch Nike+ model, which comes in an aluminum case and features a special Nike Sport band. In addition, it will also come loaded with a unique Nike running app that is only available on the Apple Watch Nike+ models. The availability will only be later in October.

The new Apple Watch Edition comes with in a pure white ceramic case that is very striking.

The other noteworthy mention is the new Apple Watch Edition watch. Instead of gold cases, it now comes in a stunning white ceramic case and a matching white sports band with a white ceramic pin.

Like its predecessor, the Apple Watch Series 2 will have lots of different models and colors to choose from.

According on our first impressions, the new Apple Watch Series 2 is more capable smartwatch. Users have demanded for water resistance and a built-in GPS, and Apple is able to deliver it.