Apple Watch Series 2: Essential guide to Apple's first waterproof smartwatch

The lowdown on Apple’s new smartwatch
Apple Watch Series 2 essential guide

The Apple Watch Series 2 has been officially unveiled, and it's bringing some pretty big new features that are set to turn it into a genuine sports watch contender.

Now available to buy, the Series 2 joins the upgraded original Apple Watch (now called Apple Watch Series 1) and will also be available in Hermès and Nike+ Editions, along with a pricey new Watch Edition too.

The full verdict: Apple Watch Series 2 review

We're busy putting the new Watch through its paces, but if you want a breakdown of what to expect, here are the key details you need to know about Apple Watch Series 2.

Apple Watch Series 2: Design

Apple Watch Series 2

Like the original Apple Watch, you'll be able to pick the Series 2 up in 38mm and 42mm case sizes, but the big news on the design front is that the Apple Watch Series 2 will be waterproof. So you can take it for a dip at up to 50 metres depth, which is the same waterproofing as the Fitbit Flex 2. For swimmers, it will have both pool swim and open water swim options.

Must read hands on: Apple Watch Series 2 review

In terms of the Watch case, aluminium dominates proceedings once again with your pick of silver, gold, rose gold and space grey finishes. There are also stainless steel case options and the new white ceramic model, which we'll get to next. If you're wondering what's happened to the gold plated Apple Watch, that's been ditched.

More designer accessory partnerships have been lined up, led by Hermès, including a Double Buckle Cuff in Swift and Epsom calfskin leathers and an exclusive Hermès Sport Band in orange. Hopefully we'll see more team-ups like the Coach Watch one in the not too distant future. Apple is also offering a new white, ceramic model that it claims is four times harder than stainless steel and should be better at fending off scratches.

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It's also teaming up with Nike for a special Apple Watch Nike+ edition that comes in four colours and includes custom watch faces and a perforated strap that's reminiscent of the one Nike used on its Nike+ SportWatch, made with TomTom many moons ago.

Apple Watch Series 2: Display

Apple Watch Series 2

There are also changes in the display department, where Apple has opted for a new touchscreen that's apparently two times brighter than its predecessor, offering 1,000 nits of brightness. That's up from 450 nits on the first Watch. Apple says this is the brightest screen it has created on any of its devices.

Apple is sticking to the Sapphire crystal glass material for the new ceramic Watch Edition, while the standard Series 2 uses the ION-X strengthened glass featured on the original Apple Watch Sport. You still get to reap the benefits of Force Touch to make navigating your Apple smartwatch a little easier as well.

Apple Watch Series 2: Straps

Whether you call them Apple Watch straps or bands, you'll be glad to know that there are plenty of options here and it's very easy to mix up the styles. Simply press and hold down on the buttons on either side of the watch case and you can slip the straps out.

There's still sport, woven nylon, leather and stainless steel straps to choose from, but if you want the stylish leather Hermès or sporty Nike+ straps, you'll need to buy those versions of the Watch.

Apple Watch Series 2: Processor

Under the hood, there's a new second generation dual-core S2 chip processor that's 50% faster than the one inside the Apple Watch, while a new GPU offers twice the graphics performance.

Apple is also packing the new S2 processor into the Apple Watch Series 1, so you can benefit from the speedier performance there as well.

Apple Watch Series 2: Fitness tracking

Apple Watch Series 2

It's fair to say the sports credentials of the first Apple Watch were not quite up to scratch. The general fitness tracking was great, but the lack of GPS and some questionable heart rate data meant it was far from a sports watch killer.

Now Apple has sought to make the Series 2 a more formidable Garmin and Polar rival by adding built-in GPS so you can now go running sans iPhone. This will work with walking and cycling as well, recording distance, pace and speed metrics.

Read this: Watch Series 2 proves fitness is key to smartwatch survival

There's also swim tracking on board, for open and pool water swimming, letting you count laps, track average lap pace and auto-detect stroke type.

You get the same heart rate sensor here as the first Watch, to continuously measure heart rate during a workout and throughout the day with the data being fed into Apple Health and third-party health and fitness apps.

Apple Watch Series 2: watchOS 3

Apple Watch Series 2 watchOS 3

We already know quite a bit about Apple's latest revision of its smartwatch operating system, having spent a good few weeks with the watchOS 3 beta, and this will be coming to the Watch Series 2 as well of course.

Read this: Living with watchOS 3

So there's plenty to look forward to including new watch faces, the introduction of Instant Launch, a new dock, Apple's new Breathe app and a host of performance improvements. WatchOS 3 is available to download now.

Apple Watch Series 2: Price & release date

So here's the important part. How much does the Apple Watch Series 2 cost? Prices start at $369 for the Series 2 but that can go up as high as $1,099 if you opt for one with a stainless steel case and strap. You can buy it now from the Apple Store online or in high street stores.

The Apple Watch Nike+ edition will land in late October, and is priced in at $369. We should also mention that the Apple Watch Series 1, which comes with the same dual-core processor included in the Series 2, costs $269.

The new ceramic Apple Watch Edition starts at a whopping $1,249 while the Apple Watch Hermès is available starting 23 September, where $1,499 will get you the new 38mm Double Buckle Cuff.


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99 Comments

  • tbeauford says:

    The apple watch looks 1000% better than nearly all of the smart watches out there, especially the ones that are primarily focused on fitness.

    • Kacierae says:

      Very true! I like my Apple Watch and I don't think it's ugly. They could definitely make it more stylish, but it is one of the most attractive a sleek designed wearable that functions well as a fitness tracker and serves many other purposes. I had a Fitbit Surge for about a week, before getting my Apple Watch, it was clunky and very ugly! I did not regret returning it and spending just $100 more for the Apple Watch.

    • Gaby2 says:

      there's no comparison with the garmin fenix 3 hr is in another level, Apple Watch has way to go. 

      • Jj87 says:

        I almost died laughing at this ridiculous comment. Can you send text messages or make phone calls on the garmin fenix 3? Can you receive email? You're comparing apples and oranges. Stop embarrassing yourself. 

        • Bendito says:

          Cannot believe this comment. With three times less money for my device, I can follow & record my tracks without any phones connected meantime, because its GPS. And, of course, I can see as well my emails & messages. So, please, do not sell Apple Watch is useful for features you can find within $100 devices.

        • rmw226 says:

          Actually you can receive email notifications, and read the emails...maybe you should fact check yourself first. You can receive any notifications you want from it. My Forerunner 920xt can receive notifications from multiple platforms. Whatever shows up in my notification center shows up on my watch. Same with the Fenix 3. The Fenix 3 is a multisport watch. Pretty sure that the Apple Watch does NOT do heart rate data in the water, nor does it allow a multisport mode where it can seamlessly transition between events in a triathlon with the push of a button.

      • Craig_Marks says:

        The Garmin Fenix 3 has to be one of the ugliest watches I have ever encountered ... period.

        • voodoochildaro says:

          I own both Fenix 3 and Apple watch, they are simply two different things. When it's time to get serious about fitness and performance there's no contest, Fenix is hands down winning, the Apple watch is pretty much cool and works perfectly with the iPhone (indeed) but honestly, I don't need a watch to do things I can do with the phone. You simply can't compare them, they are just two different things and,call me crazy, but I love the Fenix (I got the all black) and I daily dress it. 

          • RonnyLar says:

            Agreed!!!

          • ldiastx says:

            I agree... I have both watches. And the Fenix is HANDS DOWN more reliable then the Apple Watch. And the Fenix has the huge advantage of being able to handle my Half Ironman Triathlons. The training in the water with heart rate monitoring is a must to control breathing and pace training. I will buy the Series 2 Apple Watch, but don't kid your self with the robustness of data that you get with the Fenix. And the new Titanium Fenix is as awesome watch. I put it up there with my Tag, Rolex and Cartier Calibre.

      • Delling49 says:

        agreed! I like like the Apple Watch but it is not very elegant. Maybe I just don't like rectangular watches. Every time I see some one wearing it it I can instantly tell it's an Apple Watch. Does not look classy in you are wearing a suit or on a date.

      • stevenjus says:

        The Fenix 3 hr is $600.

        The apple watch 2 is only $400 and the series 1 is only $300.

        The Garmin is twice as expensive.

    • leetaylor72 says:

      The apple watch is without any design merit; it is a square with rounded corners. The interface is deceptive, inefficient, and 90% unnecessary graphics. It is a gadget, not jewellery. Pebble seem to be on the right track. Pebble have an always on screen, adorned with most of the information you need to search for in the apple watch, but just there all the time. Also, there's a lot of advantages to the button navigation system, although an option for touch would be advantageous. Apple users will always love any apple product, because it serves their true need - the projection of wealth. I have had them all, and feel no need to project anything, although I do need functionality. I suggest buyers list their needs before they waste more money.

      • mr_smoothie says:

        I'm not a dedicated Apple user, but I got the Watch as soon as it came out. There is a trust factor that at least you won't find an Apple device a piece of junk after you have bought it. I like the design because it makes no statement. It's a blackout watch with black band that nobody notices. I don't like to let it light up around others, prefer to use it ninja style. I lost 30 lbs using diet and the watch. One glance and I can tell whether I will have a surprise the next morning on the bathroom scale. For me that's the bottom line.

      • xToddrick says:

        Actually's a rectangle which is the most functional choice for a device that displays data, images,  application interfaces, and video.  Apple did an excellent design job and my has proved it's worth over the past thirteen months.

      • clarkgc73 says:

        Seriously, a wealth factor? I am by no means wealthy. My apple watch is the best thing that I have found to be the most user friendly for me. Its used for work, play, family tracking, quick response to messages or email. There is only one true need here and it is to stay connected to work, family and friends. I have 6 in my immediate family and everyone is coming and going constantly. Wealth?? no god damn likely. It simply makes things a little easier. Its not clunky, I can change straps with ease for different occasions. Its lifeware not wealth!!! 

    • Proteas1992 says:

      in fact it's the ugliest/bulkiest device. It's not normal to have a boxy watch! 

      • moonunit500 says:

        Said no watch designer EVER, have you looked at the most expensive TAG, Audemars etc, no, square watches are normal in design, and you clearly have never actually held a high end watch, if you think the Apple Watch is bulky.

    • RonnyLar says:

      No way! Apple watch is nice, but still looks like a geeky watch!...Hopefully Apple will start making round watches

      • Blggrnot says:

        no thanks, I prefer to read text on a rectangle over reading limited lines of text on a circle... The design is made for function, and it nails that. 

    • simplebest says:

      As all we know, the apple watch series 2 is much better than the 1, even though it features the same design, but it also add some important features, like waterproof and healthy. I am sure that the apple watch will be popular as the iPhone in the future.

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  • mrla says:

    i have really enjoyed upswing my apple watch I don't thinkninwould change the much it's still the best thing out there 

    • Twit says:

      youchould really working onnyour commmunicationskliss.

    • leetaylor72 says:

      You can't even spell!

      • TWC says:

        This post is supposed to be comprised of comments on the Apple watch "not" a lesson in spelling!  Remember, we are dealing with many people whose primary language may not be English.

  • troyangrignon says:

    Great summary.

  • pvogel says:

    Needs to alert when the phone is out of proximity like the Pebble does, that's saved me from leaving my phone behind in some very inconvenient places many times.

    • daisy says:

      it dose it shows a red pone one the top 

      • junmack says:

        It would be nice if it did the haptic tap to let you know you're out of range. I'm not always looking at my watch to know if I've gone too far. 

    • valit says:

      And the other way around! I lost my Apple Watch and no way to find it or even ping it to see if it's nearby! 

      • xToddrick says:

        I believe watchOS 3 will have that feature.

  • suejom66 says:

    I guess the one big question you have to ask is whether the technology is all there yet? And by including one thing are you compromising on another. For example, having GPS will mean that the battery will run out sooner unless the battery technology is improved tenfold. For runners, maybe yes. For me, I have found the Activity and Workout apps work well enough for  me for now.

    I know a lot people like round faces but that's because our brains are trained to believe that a watch should be round. It's only because traditional analogue watches had round pieces working within the watch. Who says a watch has to be round to be attractive? I love my Apple Watch Sport. It works the way I believe it is supposed to work. I don't find myself looking at my phone half as much, and it doesn't bother me that other people can't see the screen. After all, I bought the watch for me, not to show off to other people.

    As far as apps go, I haven't really used any besides the built in Apple ones but from what I hear, many of the apps still need to be simplified in order to be useful.

    I know Apple had to compromise somewhat on sensors, etc, to put this watch out on time. But maybe by the time the second iteration of the watch is released, we will see lots of new improvements. However, if you expect too much, you will more than likely be disappointed. Besides, I don't believe there is any perfect solution to the perfect smart watch. Everyone has different needs and expectations and you can never please everybody. What works well for someone, will more than likely not be to someone else's taste. That's just the way the world is.

    Let's just hope, there are improvements in the whole smart watch world, no matter what the brand!

    • LukeColella says:

      Suejom, would you mind telling me your experience with the apple watch? I know that the new one is coming out soon, but I'm itching to get one soon, and I want to know your overall day to day with the watch and it's functionality. 

      • suejom66 says:

        I've been using it since May last year and have enjoyed it. It's especially good for notifications and while the fitness part of it isn't that exciting, you can use third party apps that will work towards filling your three activity rings. It's also comfortable. I like the Apple Sport but I hear that if you drop it face down on a hard surface, it will more than likely break. Luckily, I haven't done this. Touch wood! Having to charge it every night isn't that big a deal since you are having to charge your phone at the same time anyway, but I do wish it lasted somewhat longer. Overall, I like it. When they first announced it, I was most excited by the medical side of things but that side of it is still pretty limited. Give it another few years though and things might be different. I would recommend the Sport but I don't think I'd want to shell out the big money on the Watch until the specs improve. I hope this helps.

        • maltyhotline says:

          Hi. I had an apple watch from day one. Then at Christmas I sold it along with my iPhone and went to Android. 

          Now I love Apple products and still have a Macbook and iPad. But to me, there were a number of issues that caused this huge swing (and with my iPhone as well but that's a separate issue) 

          Apps were very laggy. Some apps took upwards of 5 mins to activate (Weather apps) and get localised readings. Some just hung. The complications for third party apps were the same, just did not refresh as quick as you would expect.

          Heart rate monitor. Accurate yes, to be used as a serious heart monitor for training, no. Once your heart rate increased above a certain threshold (I found 146 bpm) the watch could not keep up. Coupled with it having to be in just the right spot, you would lose connection.

          This then would lead to inaccurate workouts. Going for a jog would be fine. Circuits or anything fast paced, its not suited.

          Then you have to consider as it does not have GPS you need your phone if you want to track your run.

          Battery life. My current android watch leaves me with average of 54% at the end of the day and that's with having an ambient mode on. Ah yes no Ambient mode. You can't glance and check the time, you have to move or tap the watch. This to me became frustrating as time wore on. I think  This story is right, the watch is trying to do too much. I thought the watch could do it all. Iwas wrong. I have a dedicate fitness watch with a chest HRM. A seperate fitness tracker that monitors my sleep. (Left on all night no worries abut going flat) and an Android watch that allows me to select and adjust watch faces to look like.. watch faces.

          Apple  should have allowed devs to build faces that can be personalised further. But at the end of the day, you may have umpteen straps but the faces are still very limited (apart from the photos face) 

          Android watches have thousands (Okay some are terrible, but at least i have a choice, or build my own from the ground up).

          I'm hoping watch 2 answers some of these issues for me and I'd happily go back. 

          Build and looks Apple watch is number 1. The eco system cannot be beaten. But to me I think the software was unfinished, hence the sale and my current multi watch setup.

  • xiatianfa says:

    add ant+ connectivity, than you can really connect it to some serious external sensors.

    • suejom66 says:

      I agree. Although, you can still connect it to a bluetooth HR strap. Do you find this inferior to a ANT+ one? Or do you mean bike sensors, etc.?

  • xiatianfa says:

    they should add ant+ connectivity, this would really shake up the fitness wearable world. You could than connect it to multiple sensors at once, and free up the Bluetooth to listen to music.

  • narutoben10af says:

    Front camera should be added as well as speaker improvements so music can be played on the watch without headphones. 

    • yup says:

      music is meant to be played through head phones or in the privacy of your own space. no one needs to listen or hear YOUR music. this is whats wrong with society. 

      • Nope says:

        I don't think hearing other people's music is societies main concern. And I'm sure the previous commenter was hoping to free up the Bluetooth connectivity for Bluetooth headphones. Nobody goes to the gym or for a run and has music playing from a watch or any other external speakers for that matter. Come on, now. Think! (Lack of thinking, not that is the PROBLEM with society).

        • fb_1997295 says:

          You're wrong! I have the misfortune of riding a long train at the airport the other day in which a guy was playing his music over the speaker of his iPhone 6 Plus. Not only was he playing it so everyone could hear it but he was apparently suffering frommusical ADHD and never played one song the whole way through...so annoying!

        • metheliving says:

          I ride the metro daily to work and have the misfortune of being forced to listen to many different obnoxious human's music playing out of their phones in a public space. In the gym - there are people who play loud music as well. You must not live in a big city.

  • Khushrav says:

    Traditionally, the watch is for keeps or for many years. So while new hardware may come in, the existing one must have the capability to be upgraded - I'm referring to battery, chip, sensors.

    One big feature could be the option to send quick SOS - send location details to one designated number or emergency services. Also, add a flashlight.

    Option to engrave something on the watch side.  More material options - ceramic, silver alloy, platinum.

  • xToddrick says:

    "It needs to be circular because this is the perfect representation for time,..."

    This comment alone shows he's basically clueless as to what a smartwatch does.

  • aksingh96 says:

    it gonna be a blast 

  • Bijaya says:

    This is the best model that's what I'm waiting for... love......this ROUND MODEl awasome. ... as soon as it release I'm moving to Apple from samsung 

  • LGA says:

    I have decided to buy an Apple watch soon, but after reading about the Apple watch 2 on here I am going to wait for it!  But hurry please, I need a new watch and this is the one I have to have.  Sounds awesome!

  • Jonathanw09 says:

    Looking forward to a XL screen 46x46

  • HSD says:

    I've been looking into the apple watch, it's not yet on the list. still waiting for the 2nd version. This post has some really good insights on what to people are expecting. I hope apple reads this. But In my personal opinion, I always like to think apple likes to sell for the next 10 years as usual. so i'm not so expecting a change in shape for apple watch yet, probably more designs but i think they'll go like the iPhone, apple watch s, 2, 2s, 3 and so on. Technology is moving faster than we would expect, but I always remember one of Jobs's interviews when he said he had the iPad project before iPhone and he put it on the shelves. so yeah I'm expecting a spectacular watch from apple with more greater features. but I'm not expecting MAJOR changes in watch2, still gotta bring out the S version of every apple product!

  • Durf says:

    The ONLY reason I didn't buy the first Apple Watch was because it was not waterproof. If the 2nd version isn't at least as waterproof as my $90 Casio G-Shock watch, I ain't going to buy it the 2nd time around either.

    • TXDave says:

      I agree, If they make this one waterproof to 10Meters like my Casio has been for eons, I'll buy one.  If not, No way I'm buying, period.

      • LukeColella says:

        I was told by an Apple rep at the Apple store that it is water resistant, is that not what you guys feel is enough?

    • moonunit500 says:

      Yeah, because everyone looks at their watch whilst underwater

  • alextj89 says:

    It would be neat if Apple Watch would operate like the Gear S watch were it can work without a phone near by with the use of using a cellphone network.  That way you can leave your cell phone locked in your hotel room or somewhere safe.  You can make and receive calls without having a phone near by, answer texts and so much more. 

    • Boot1014 says:

      I agree this is the reason I didn't purchase. Makes no sense to have the watch and the phone. Samsung has stepped up greatly in having flexibility with having the watch.  Add this plus water resistant that would be awesome. Keep the same design concept I like the square. Color schemes I really dig.  

  • Mars says:

    I trailed the Apple Watch on release & I must admit I liked much of the functionality of it...however compared to many other smartwatches available it failed on a few fronts. Primarily on price, it was/is absurd & it's no wonder the device hasn't sold as well as it should've. It's far more expensive then it needed to be, particularly the stainless steel watch variants because Apple just can't compete in the same price bracket with traditional watch makers on the quality of materials & design front...Secondly the size of the watch screen. If Apple wants a squarish watch face then make it a big one, so as to allow the time apps to be easily readable. If the watch body was circular it would still need to be a minimum 45mm diameter to provide better touch screen real estate....but in its current form the watch apps on even the 42mm watch are too small because the width doesn't allow for a decent viewing substraight...

    Price to high, watchface too small...longevity is questionable. if Apple addresses these issues amongst the other shortcomings with the next incarnation of the Apple Watch I'll be more likely to consider it as a viable watch and indulge with a purchase...

  • daniellamontero says:

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  • AppleRepairShop says:

    Smartbands are where it's at... Limitless potential.

  • raisamatthews21 says:

    Apple watch is now on sale only on BestSmartwatchOffers:com

  • NotReady---Yet says:

    Apple Watch is cool, but not what I want.

    I want a watch where the display wraps around my arm - think flexible OLED. The battery should be in the wrist band as well to make it run longer. We can let go of the model from 200 years ago with a watch and band now that we have the technology to do this differently.

  • MrBillData says:

    Why has no one, even Apple, thought to make a flexible battery watch band? It seems like a perfectly simple answer to the battery life problem. I work it out that a 1.4mm by 5mm strip 8cm long would provide approximately 16 times the current battery life.

  • Gummybear says:

    I make my battery on the I watch last for two days by switching to power reserve in the evening.

    But a longer battery life would be better.

  • nissan1 says:

    would like to have golf course info distance to holes etc incorporated in apple watch with opts it has now with golf info it would be more complete

    • MatthewLeeHood says:

      you can get Apps for that! GolfShot is a brilliant example

  • Sccrvetttel82 says:

    the big problem for Apple is that the iPhone can't handle Bluetooth headsets, Bluetooth watch, and wifi at the same time. Wifi slows to nearly .01Mbps with all three in use it the headset cuts out. If Apple plans to eliminate the audio jack in favor of Bluetooth headphones, the watch or phone will be useless.

    • tpeelstand says:

      I routely have 2 - 3 bluetooth devices paired and active with my iPhone 6s and have never had an issue. Not sure what you mean my "iPhone can't handle Bluethooth headsets". I use my bluetooth headset with my iPhone all the time, never any issues. On a regular day I have my Pebble Time Steel, Bluetooth headset and logitech bluetooth keyboard all active and linked up with bluetooth to my iPhone 6s. Wifi still works great and all 3 bluetooth devices pair without issue.

  • theresalobo says:

    Grab a smartwatch at a discounted price only at SmartwatchOffers:com

  • Pinksteel says:

    If only the new watch would incorporate golf course GPS so that it would replace the golf watch Gps.  I tried downloading a gps to my Apple Watch 1 but it wasn't user friendly as it wouldn't stay on the app constantly.  I returned the 1st watch in hopes the next edition will be more user friendly.  Will buy the 2nd one regardless...loved the watch!

  • somniumus says:

    Who cares what Daniel Will-Harris thinks of apple design? It's like a garage hobbyist advising NASA.

  • Jgaskins says:

    No GPS = Useless to me. 

  • tpeelstand says:

    For my money I'll stick with my Pebble Time Steel. It works great with my iPhone 6s and I only have to charge it once every 7-8 days. However, it wold be nice to get wifi added to smartwatches.

  • rudolfsardaryan says:

    I'm pretty sure it's gonna be Apple Watch s model like the phones. To think all the money people spent for the watch please bands and so on will get a new complete watch a year later is wrong in every way.  I would complain till I'd get an upgrade 

  • SyoGhost says:

    I'm Waiting for Celular, got enough in my pockets

  • tommy1937 says:

    I am waiting for APPLE WATCH with A SOS FEATURE + STANDALONE + eSim ......I am an APPLE PERSON ...... a 79 year old pensioner.....Come on, APPLE SMART GUYS...

    Tom:-)30.5.2016/ 9.21pm

  • krazydebug says:

    No need to fight on this. Apple watch is a toy, a fashion, but not a sports equipment. Using AW as running gadget is more ridiculous than running with an elephant costume. For many people this is a short cut to their iPhone in daily routines. If that is your cue, Apple Watch is the one you should get. But if you are to aim at a good exercise companion, AW is more like a garbage. Many friends of mine have already put their AW in their drawers and went back to Garmin Forerunner. Two crucial things: waterproof, GPS. Personally I will not get one until GPS is inside that thing, at least.

  • williamthom says:

  • VitaminCeCe says:

    I hope they can improve on battery life more than anything--that way sleep tracking and more regular HR tracking could be incorporated.  

    I've also had issues where the back of the Apple Watch comes off when pulling it from the charger--in for repairs for second time. That is a bit of bad engineering they could fix easily--don't use glue that breaks down when people wear bug spray.

  • Truckinon says:

    if new Apple Watch is waterproof and has gps will buy 

  • jlew33 says:

    No where in this was the ability to type text messages. I think that would be a huge addition to the apple watch. also the ability to actually read articles on the watch would be sweet. idk if that is through the app its self or just cause the watch cant handle it. Thats something I would like to see.

  • IamanApeMan says:

    I would actually like to buy one but won't until Apple includes GPS and the watch can do everything that my Garmin can do without having to be tethered to my phone. I get that not everyone is a runner but I just can't understand why Apple doesn't seem interested in this segment of users. It must be a pretty big market as it supports Garmin, TomTom, Suunto and all the rest. A lot of us would switch over to AppleWatch if it had the functionality, and yes, if it was waterproof. And if we could be sure it would last more than a couple of years before getting left behind by software updates (iPhone I'm looking at you). 

    Of course Apple can do whatever it wants. That's just, like, my opinion man.

  • Gum says:

    I want a smartphone that has no tether to apple. For non-phone functions, I do not want a device that can't work without cell phone service or a Wi-Fi internet service. I don't want Apple producing Siri, but the Watch producing Siri. Next best wud have Siri, reminder making, alarm making active when Blue toothed to an iphone, but not needing internet or cell phone service.

  • colorblindphoto says:

    I think the odds are small but what I really want for Xmas or anytime this fall is a round Apple Watch like  the one pictured above. What does everyone think of my chances?

  • guidojcruz says:

    Still needs to be a great looking watch, and it's not. The current "analog" faces don't use well the space. It should avoid the "circle inside the square". Apple should learn from the best classic square watches. Like Hermes did with their version. And learning from those, the complications could be partially hidden, or "behind" when the watch hands are over them. It would not stop functionality, and it would be better aesthetically. 

  • mojaleski says:

    I want the watch to have a magnifier to click on...as I cannot read the screen even when the font is as large as I can set it...and fonts don't get bigger on the 42 than they are on the 38...I tried both in the store.  I also want to wear it during water aerobics as well as swimming...and facetime is a must for me to buy it.  Also the woman at the apple store told me the aluminum case glass would scratch but not shatter and the stainless would not scratch BUT that the stainless would shatter if dropped on hard floor.   It is truly ridiculous that Apple cannot take care of both making it highly scratch and shatter resistant!  Good to know.  I want one now...but I will wait.

  • browneyedgal says:

    Does anybody use their apple watch for swim workouts, e.x. count laps? If so, how?

  • cestasol11 says:

    Awesome!

  • jozef says:

    No SIM, not interested. Get GPAX S8 instead.

  • Coreyismynamo says:

    hello

    Have there been any updates or advancement on heart rate monitor because it unlike most fitness watches do not constantly track your heart rate which improves accuracy of impact on your day and workout.

    Thank you

    Corey

  • ArnoX says:

    Fenix 3 HR still king :)

  • themichellehorn says:

    I have to say that I have had an Apple watch for a year and am not impressed. I talked my self into buying one because my Fitbit died. I figured it could be a watch and my exercise step tracker. 

    I cannot be more dissatisfied with the Apple watch from a sports standpoint. First of all, it tracks about 1/3 less steps than my Fitbit (and other people Fitbits, Garmins and other trackers). I was also wearing it when playing tennis in case I needed to get a call or text. I use sunscreen and after a few months, the back silicon disintegrated most likely because I use sunscreen. I am now on my 4th Apple watch (#1 got killed by sunscreen, #2 stopped working after a week, #3 stopped working after 2 days). 

    Got a new Fitbit and wear two devices now which sucks. True that my Fitbit does tell me when I have a text, but can't respond. That being said, I can hardly ever answer the phone on my watch or send a text message from it if I am not right next to it. If I am on the tennis court or in a different room at home and by phone is 30 feet away, it's only good for alerts and is equivalent to my Fitbit at that point.

    One final point is getting text messages and other alerts seems cool, but if you are past the age of 45, you can't see the 2 point font anyway.

    I am seriously contemplating selling the Apple watch I have. Hope this next generation is better.

  • allinson says:

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  • swearick says:

    I am super stoked about the Apple Watch 2. I've been looking into all of the wearable tech that is available and to be honest there just hasn't been something that can go phone free that plays music, runs phone apps, has GPS on the go and is water resistant. Please correct me if I'm wrong here? I mean the less crap I have to have with me on my run the better. I can do it all now with just wearing a watch and a set of bluetooth head phones. I'm excited!

  • fitness60 says:

    The Essential Guide for Samsung Gear 3 Frontier had a part of that it, yet, dont work wit iOS. Thats a fair guide. This Essential Guide has nothing about that Serie 2 dont work with any other OS then iOS. Why?

  • NeekoChii says:

    When Apple makes a Apple Watch That functions all by itself with NO iPhone needed at all, then I'll be amazed until then it's a super overpriced Watch ADDON to a iPhone .. MEH

  • whodat says:

    Why does no one mention that to "preorder" this from Apple's website it will take from three to five weeks.  For a device that has supposedly been released but is virtually impossible to purchase in stores?  Are they hiding them up goat and donkey asses?  Is it an artificial shortage?  What gives?

  • JustAPerson says:

    One of the most overpriced things I've seen. For $200 less you can get a watch that looks almost the same with all of the same features. Just without the apple logo.

  • Olesia_stade_Uk says:

    I was originally sooo keen on the apple watch, however after purchasing a second hand one I tried it for 2 weeks and found it more annoying than useful. I just use a oris watch, that works much better http://jonsguide.org/best-top-oris-watch-reviews/ :)

    Apple really needs a new revolutionary leader like what they had in Steve Jobs for them to get back into the innovation stage, because so far, over the last 3 or so years, nothing in the product line-up has made me want to purchase it.

    The idea of Apple being too expensive, well that's been there from the start. They make polished products, and so therefore they put their price to reflect that. In reality you are really paying for the experience of the product, rather than the features - as there are many competitors that have better hardware than what apple offers.

    The only thing from that line-up that made me remotely interested was the new Air Pods, but they are quite expensive, so I don't think they are worth it at their price.

  • tracyallen123 says:

    Apple watch, iPads, iPhones and more is now on sale at HolidayShoppingMart .com

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