Apple has officially unveiled the Apple Watch Series 2 and it offers a glimpse of what the smartwatch future is going to look like.
The Apple Watch series 2 is the latest addition in Apple's lineup of hardware products and comes with a built-in GPS, has a brighter display screen and is water resistant. The new wearable majorly concentrates on activity, allowing you to more accurately track fitness, including heart rate, pace and distance owing to a faster processer that runs on the new Apple S2 chip. For those looking for variation in the watches, there four types of wrist bands available –
- Standard ($369)
- Nike+ ($369)
- Hermès ($1149)
- Ceramic Watch Edition ($1249)
Apple will also launch the WatchOS 3 with the next generation of Operating System. The Apple Watch Series 2, which will be available for purchase starting September 16, has been introduced with enough new features to make people opt for this one over its predecessor, the Apple Watch Series 1.
Interestingly, the original Apple Watch is being upgraded and rebranded as Apple Watch Series 1 with prices starting as low as $269 for the 38 mm version and $299 for the 42 mm one paired with a Sport Band.
While both the releases are worth taking note of, let us compare the new launch with the revamped first generation model of Apple smartwatches.
The New Apple Watch Series 2
The Apple Watch Series 2 has been launched in the same rectangular shape and size as the original Apple Watch. There are both small and large versions available – the 38 mm watch measures 1.5 x 1.3 x 0.4 inches (Height x Width x Depth), while the 42 mm version measures 1.7 x 1.4 x 0.4 inches. The Series 2 smartwatch in the newly introduced ceramic case comes with a minor variation in size – 1.5 x 1.3 x 0.5 inches for the 38 mm model and 1.6 x 1.4 x 0.4 inches for the 42 mm one. You can see the rotating digital crown on the side of the watches. This series uses stainless steel, aluminum, and the unique ceramic option, which is deemed four times stronger than the stainless steel. Sapphire crystal glass shields the ceramic and stainless steel cases, while Ion-X glass covers the aluminum cases. It comes with an installed dual core processor named S2.
Apple has water-proofed all entry ports which means the Series 2 isn’t just splash proof, you can wear it and swim as deep as 50 meters. You can also enjoy extensive features such as automatic stroke recognition for an exact count of calories burnt, while its built-in GPS shows outdoor hikes, bike rides and jogs can be mapped precisely minus the hassle of carrying your iPhone everywhere. Series 2 boasts second generation OLED Retina display which is twice as bright as the Apple Watch Series 1.
The Improved Apple Watch Series 1
The Apple Watch Series 1, which now replaces Apple’s first model of smartwatch, remains the same, in terms of design. It comes in the same sizes (38 mm and 42 mm) and also boasts an OLED Retina display but it is not as bright as Series 1 where visibility remains top quality even in bright daylight. However, in accordance with its low price it is still considered a good purchase. The watch is splash resistant and features Ion-X glass on top of the display screen. This series offers an upgraded dual core processor named the S1P, which may not be better than S2 but is definitely better than the original Apple Watch. The watches of Series 1 feature Bluetooth 4.0, a heart rate sensor, 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi, gyroscope and an accelerometer. They also have ambient light sensor. Word is that there won’t be any stainless steel option, so you can only have aluminium if you plan to buy the upgraded, less expensive Apple Watch Series 1.
Since both these series incorporate the same design, all those straps that you may have bought for the older series will remain compatible with the new one. Now we all got to do some serious thinking! So, which one are you going to buy?