In the recent iPhone 7 launch, Apple also announces an upgrade to its flagship smart watch, the Apple Watch 2. In the event, Apple’s chief operating officer Jeff Williams shared about the company’s commitment to fitness and health and how the new capabilities will further drive the popularity of the smart watch. “With a powerful new dual-core processor, water resistance 50 metres and built-in GPS, Apple Watch Series 2 is packed with features to help our customers live a healthy life.” he adds.
For swimmers who previously lament the lack of support for their sport, this update is going to change all that. Let’s look at the key changes to the Apple Watch:
Water Resistance 50 Metres
One of the main upgrades that Apple’s team managed to pull off is to make the Apple Watch water resistant for up to 50 metres. This essentially makes the watch suitable to for lap swims, surfing and other water activities. At the event, Apple showed a video of an impressive custom rig they built to stress test the water resistant Apple Watch 2 as well as adding a new shared how a new algorithms will also the watch to count laps, track lap pace and detect stroke type to accurately measure the calorie you burn from swimming. And using the speakers on the watch to purge out water after the swim is simply brilliant!
The built-in GPS finally comes to the Apple Watch Series 2. Now you don’t need to take your iPhone with you when out walking, running or cycling. It was a major pain point for customers when the watch first came out but the new Apple Watch seeks to address that. It uses Wi-Fi, GPS and locally stored satellite data to quickly identify your location and allows you to start your workout pretty much instantly.
Dual-Core Processor and Brighter Display
The second generation S2 chip is a dual-core processor that improves performance of the watch by up to 50 percent. A new graphics processor is also added, which gives up to two-times better graphics performance. At the event, it seems pretty impressive when the Niantic team demonstrated the PokemonGo game on the watch. According to Apple, the Apple Watch Series 2 is also ‘dramatically’ brighter — at 1,000 nits, improving readability under bright sunlight.
The latest watchOS 3 offers improved performance, better designed Control Centre and faster app launches. A small but appreciated update is the option to disable the taking of screenshots on your Apple Watch. You will know what we mean if you have ‘phantom’ watch faces that you accidentally recorded in your iPhone photo library. For stressful office workers, Apple has a new Breathe app that is designed to help you relax and reduce stress by encouraging you to take a break and engage in deep breathing exercises.
Apple Watch Series 2 is now available in gold, rose gold, silver or space grey aluminium, or silver or space black stainless steel cases paired with a wide variety of bands starting at S$548. For more details, visit Apple.com/sg, select Apple Authorised Resellers and carriers.