Apple Watch Series 2 With Water Resistance, GPS Launched

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Apple Watch Series 2 With Water Resistance, GPS Launched

Highlights

  • Next generation is called Apple Watch Series 2
  • Apple has added GPS functionality
  • The new smartwatch is 'swim proof'

Apple showed off a new version of its Apple Watch, the first hardware upgrade for the device, showing the company's dedication to a product some have said is being held back by its attachment to the iPhone.

The new watch includes a faster processor, a brighter screen and a GPS chip for fitness tracking, Apple Chief Operating Office Jeff Williams said Wednesday at an event that introduced its updated products including new iPhones. The company also showed off a number of new apps for the device, including the popular game Pokemon Go. The Apple Watch Series 2 price starts at $369 (Rs. 32,900 in India), and will launch on September 16 (October 7 in India).

(Also see: iPhone 7 Price in India, Launch Date Revealed: Specifications, Features, and More)

 

Apple shipped its first watch in April 2015, hoping for a new blockbuster product amid slowing iPhone sales, which contribute more than 60 percent of the Cupertino, California-based company's annual revenue.

While the company shipped 1.6 million devices from April to June, the product's growth fell more than 56 percent from the same period in 2015, according to research analyst IDC. Now, Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook is banking on the new models to reinvigorate interest in the category.

The new version is designed to include a GPS chip that allows for running and walking to be more accurately tracked during fitness sessions, Apple said.

The Series 2, as Apple is calling the new watch, is "swim proof," because it is water resistant to a depth of 50 meters, Williams said.

(Also see: Apple's iPhone 7 Launch Event: 10 Big Announcements)

The first Apple Watch was introduced alongside the iPhone 6 in September 2014 to much fanfare. It was initially marketed as a combination fitness companion, timepiece, and communications device, but Apple has since shifted to emphasize fitness and at-a-glance-information. After initially positive reviews, users have complained about issues related to the speed of launching apps, but the new models and software are likely to address these early problems.

The company is said to have hit engineering issues in making major changes that would connect the watch to cellular networks and make it less dependent on the iPhone. Now the watch must be synced with an iPhone to download most types of content.

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