Apple Announces Swim-Proof Apple Watch Series 2 With Integrated GPS, Nike Partnership

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The first new hardware product that Apple announced today is the second generation Apple Watch, which it calls Apple Watch Series 2. Externally, the Apple Watch Series 2 looks very similar to its predecessor, but it has a lot more going on underneath.
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First of all, the Apple Watch Series 2 is powered by a brand new dual-core S2 processor, which is 50 percent faster than the outgoing S1 and it features a new GPU that is twice as fast. The second generation display is rated at 1000 nits and is the brightest display in Apple’s inventory. Apple has also incorporated built-in GPS for those that like to keep detailed track of their running pace and distance traveled (without the need for a smartphone). Apple Watch Series 2 will also plot your runs out on a map once you’ve completed your workout. If you’ve been listening to the rumors leading up to the launch of the Apple Watch Series 2, none of this should be foreign to you.

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One feature that we didn’t already anticipate is the fact that that Apple Watch Series 2 is water resistant up to 50 meters. It also includes an innovative speaker design which activates and "pushes" out water from its cavity after completing a swim so that the speaker can function properly.

The Apple Watch is available in the usual aluminum- and steel-bodies varieties (in a wide range of colors), but it is also adding a white ceramic finish that is four times harder than stainless steel. There’s also a special version called the Apple Watch Nike+, which is geared towards runners.

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The Apple Watch Series 2 and Apple Watch Nike+ are both priced from $369. You can pre-order the smartwatches on September 9th, watchOS 3 debuts on September 13th, and the devices will ship next month. As an added bonus, the original Apple Watch is being renamed Apple Watch Series 1 and it will also get the updated S2 processor (but not the other goodies from the Series 2). It will be priced from $269.