WATER RESISTANCE TO 50 METERS
The new Apple Watch Series 2 is water resistant down to 50 meters (approx. 165 feet). Apple’s website states that the Series 2 is suitable for “shallow water activities such as swimming in a pool or ocean.”
However, Apple adds, it is not intended for “scuba diving, water skiing, or other activities involving high velocity water or submersion below shallow depth.” [Source: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT205000]
Contrast this with the mere “splash proof” characteristics of the original Apple Watch, and this is a serious upgrade for all aquatic oriented human life forms.
One of the great new features of the Series 2 is a built-in GPS sensor. Apple claims it can instantly triangulate on satellite signals to secure your GPS coordinates, which is a big advance over most fitness tracking bands and other GPS integrated wearables tech devices that take, it seems, at least 30 to 120 seconds or so to get a GPS signal lock.
One interesting benefit of this GPS sensor is that the Apple Watch Series 2 can now support Pokémon Go, which needs GPS signals to help you locate Pokémon and Pokéstops.
Apple and Nike have teamed up to offer an Apple Watch Series 2 Nike+ model that integrates some natively integrated, customized watch faces and Nike software applets that target the running and workout crowd. These custom watch faces present runners, exercise buffs, and athletes with a large, easy to read suite of icons, letters, and numbers that let a workout warrior momentarily glance at their Apple Watch to instantaneously track their distance traveled, duration, heart rate, pace, and time of day.
The Series 2 Nike+ model also offers a connection to the Nike+ Run Club, an ecosystem that Nike describes as a system that can “Track your runs, get coaching that adapts to you,
and bring your friends along for the ride.”
The Series 2 Nike+ also smartly presents users with weather alerts to inform you about the best time window for you to go for an outdoor run or walk or workout.
About the only thing the Series 2 Nike+ does not offer is the type of interval training that workout buffs and amateur and professional athletes need.
This Nike+ version of the Series 2 sports a high neon color contrast “durable, lightweight fluoroelastomer” watch band with three parallel rows of “compression‑molded perforations” (a.k.a. holes) that help athletes and exercise buffs enable their skin to breathe and keep sweat from building up under their watch band.
The Apple Watch Series 2 Nike+ model also can help you count indoor and outdoor swims. This represents a fascinating technology breakthrough by Apple in which they developed a technique for the smartwatch speaker mechanism to squirt out any water that migrates into the void of the speaker mechanism.
Compared to any of the other fitness trackers on the market, there is a very good argument that says this new smartwatch platform offers the most easily readable, versatile, and any fitness tracking smart devices for the wrist.
PRICING AND GENERAL AVAILABILITY
The Nike+ model has just been released and the Apple Watch Series 2 was released on Friday, September 16, 2016.
MSRP pricing for the Apple Watch Series 2 starts at USD369 and USD399 for the aluminum 38mm and 42mm models, respectively. The stainless-steel Apple Watch Series 2 models start at USD549, with several models offered at USD649, USD699, USD749, USD949, and USD1,049 price points.
The stunning white ceramic Apple Watch Series 2 model starts at $1,249, which includes a “cloud” color flouroelastomer watch band that is very durable and highly resistance to heat, sweat, oils, solvents, fuels, and ozone.
The Nike+ model starts at USD369. The Hermes signature fashion model with stainless steel watch case starts at USD1,149, with the highly touted Hermes Double Buckle Cuff version selling for USD1,499.
Save for the fact that it still is not offered in a circular format, the incremental refinement of the Apple Watch in the form and function of the Series 2 model is more like the Apple Watch we all expected the first time around at its original product introduction a year and a half ago.
That said, this review can confidently state that the Apple Watch Series 2 is either in a neck and neck tie with or slightly in the lead against the Samsung Gear S2 for the title of the best overall smartwatch on the planet.
The dual core S2 processor, the new GPU, the 1,000 nits brightness Retina display, the software upgrade to WatchOS 3, the water resistance to 50 meters (finally!), the built-in GPS sensor (finally!), and the Nike+ sports model give you plenty of options to jump into the shallow or deep end of the smartwatch pool with the confidence that your life will be richly enhanced by loads of productivity, communications, health and wellness, and entertaining and informative improvements to your daily schedule and time off.
And if you can afford the painful outlay of over a grand of Benjamins, you can even dip into the deep end of the future of wearables tech super-materials by procuring the absolutely stunning Apple Watch Series 2 white zirconia ceramic wonderlust model.
It’s a bold step into the future of wearables material technology for Apple and the entire wearables industry. The earlier you get on the bandwagon, the better off you’ll be. . . . Just think of the mula outlay as an investment in your future!