Apple Watch Series 2 official with improved water resistance, dual-core processor

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Apple held an event in San Francisco today, and the first new product shown off was the Apple Watch Series 2.

The Apple Watch Series 2 is “swim-proof,” which means that it’s water resistant up to 50 meters. To compare, the original Apple Watch was only touted as “splash-proof.” To help keep water out of the Apple Watch Series 2, the device will use its speaker to eject water after your swim.

Another major new feature of the Apple Watch Series 2 is the inclusion of built-in GPS. With it, you can get more precise distance tracking while you’re exercising with the watch on.

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Other new features packed inside the Apple Watch Series 2 include a new dual-core CPU that Apple says is up to 50 percent faster than the chip in the Apple Watch as well as a new GPU. The display of the Apple Watch Series 2 is new, also, and Apple says that it’s more than twice as bright as the Apple Watch.

When it comes to case options, Apple Watch Series 2 will be available in aluminum and stainless steel as well as a new ceramic option that looks white. Apple is also partnering with Nike on an Apple Watch Nike+ model that offers a perforated, stretchy band and an aluminum case.

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Apple Watch Series 2 and Apple Watch Nike+ will be priced at $369, with the Series 2 model going up for pre-order on Sept. 9 and launching on Sept. 16. The Apple Watch Nike+ will launch in late October.

Apple today also revealed the Apple Watch Series 1, which is the original Apple Watch that’s been updated with the same dual-core processor found in the Apple Watch Series 2. The Series 1 model will also be available for pre-order on Sept. 9 and launch on Sept. 16. Its price will be $269.

While T-Mobile hasn’t announced any plans to carry the Apple Watch Series 2 as of this writing, it’s certainly possible that we’ll see T-Mo offer Apple’s new smartwatch. T-Mobile began selling the original Apple Watch last year and offered it on EIP, so the same could happen with the Apple Watch Series 2.

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  • Fullmetal_Omar

    Does anyone know if i could trade in my current apple watch on eip?

    • DT

      I was told no since it is an ‘accessory’

  • jtothada

    hopefully they will carry the updated series 1 watch