At yesterday's special event, Apple unveiled the new generation of its smart watch, the Apple Watch Series 2. On the outside, the design you already know; Inside, some improvements were made and some features that were already expected also appeared.
It is certain that after the launch we will know the details of its operation; But until that happens, we have compiled important information that has been released so far.
Before we get to the bottom of the Series 2 features, I need to clarify some points that caused some confusion.
In the event, which implied that the Series 2 was released and the previous was renamed "Series 1". In fact, that is not what happened. Basically, they released * two new versions * (these are the ones that will be available for purchase at Ma stores): Apple Watch Series 1 it's the Apple Watch Series 2.
Series 1 has the same settings as what we know as ?Apple Watch? (the first), but with the processor dual-core (50% faster) called S1P. Already in the Series 2, the processor also dual-core and was called S2. So far, the only difference between the two processors is the presence of the integrated GPS in S2.
That is, we can still refer to the old watch as just ?Apple Watch? (S1 processor) and the new ones will be the Apple Watch Series 1 (S1P processor) and Series 2 (S2 processor). So be careful if you want to buy Series 1 from a non-Apple store as you may end up buying the previous one.
In addition to these changes, the only Series 1 option you'll find is selling aluminum finish (silver, gold, rose gold or space gray) and sports bracelet.
GPS and battery
As expected, the new generation of Apple Watch now comes with integrated GPS. This makes it more independent of the iPhone in many situations. An example of this would be when browsing information is required without the need for the smartphone nearby.
Like GPS, some rumors of a supposed improvement in the battery also circulated. That's because several images leaked showing a larger and more powerful battery. Unfortunately, the company's own website states that same 18 hours of autonomy were retained in the new version.
As there was no reference to a better battery in the keynote, one possible explanation would be that the battery actually increased, but the improvement could not be felt due to the large consumption of it by GPS. But these are just theories based on the leaked images; To have a confirmation, we will need to wait for the disassembly that normally iFixit performs.
The first generation of the Watch already had an IPX7 rating, the so-called ?splash resistant? (which holds on to Series 1), but the novelty of Series 2 is its water resistance up to 50 meters depth (standard ISO 22810: 2010). This means that the new generation can be used for swimming in both the pool and the open sea to practice rafting or fishing without damage to the watch.
Even so, Apple does not recommend its use when playing sports involving speed and water such as waterskiing or much deeper (eg diving).
To achieve this resistance, it was necessary to modify several components inside, being sealed by rubber seals and modifying the operation scheme of the speakers. Because it relied on air to function, the structure of the previous speakers let water in very easily. In the Series 2, instead of preventing water from passing through them, Apple has created a mechanism for water to enter, but soon expelled by themselves.
New to the new generation screen is only twice the brightness, with 1,000 nits, unlike the previous generation that only has 450 nits. This new specification allows users to have a much better experience when dealing with Watch in a brightly lit environment, such as when exposed to the sun.
When it comes to the material used to compose it, there are two options: on X glass for aluminum boxes and the sapphire crystal for stainless steel and ceramic boxes.
Although the external characteristics have remained, the new generation is a bit thicker and heavier.
On the 38mm model, the Series 2 is 11.4mm thick and 28.2 grams. Already in the previous generation, the same model was 10.5mm thick and 25 grams. In the 42mm model, the weight of the Series 2 is 34.2 grams, different from the 30 grams in the previous version.
In total we can observe a 0.9mm thick and 4.2 grams increase which may be due to supposedly 35% larger battery.
Finishes and names
By accessing Apple's website, we can see how she categorized the Watches and this has caused some embarrassment on several people. Here are the options the site shows: Apple Watch Series 2, Apple Watch Nike +, Apple Watch Herms, Apple Watch Edition and Apple Watch Series 1.
A doubt that arose in this tweet It may also have appeared in the minds of so many of us: does that mean that Nike +, Herms and Edition aren't just Series 2 as well? And the simple answer: Yes, they all have the innovations brought by the Series 2, but there are some differences in the finish and the bracelets. Therefore, Apple felt it appropriate to give a greater prominence to these models. Below we will explain each one to make a little more sense.
APPLE WATCH NIKE +
Like the others, this model also has a Series 2 inside. However, there are only two differences: exclusive wristbands and dials integrated into the pre-installed Nike app.
You'll find four options for the Nike +: Space Gray Aluminum Case with Black Bracelet /voltspace gray aluminum case with black / ice gray bracelet silver space aluminum case with gray / braceletvolt and silver aluminum case with gray / white bracelet; none of them will be available for sale separately.
The app is completely runner-oriented and comes natively with this model. It allows you to access various information of distance, steps, speed, route traveled, among many other options. In addition, a range of motivational messages appear so that the runner does not get discouraged.
The model also features a Nike complication with app integrations.
APPLE WATCH HERMS
Taking advantage of the launch of the new Watch, Herms brought a new collection of bracelets to be bought from him. The new design presented above with double closure; Already new in material is the new Epsom leather. The new color and material join the Swift leather, two-lap strap and the conventional one-lap strap.
To complete a look Premium, reminiscent of the Herms style, the only finishing option is the silver stainless steel case and it also comes with a complication of its own.
Buying this model, you also carry an orange sports bracelet next to the box.
APPLE WATCH EDITION
The name remained, but the options changed. Or rather, the previous models (made of yellow or pink gold) were completely discarded, leaving as ?Edition? only the new model, all in ceramics. A single choice of bracelet and color came with it, the sporty white. Also, in this model only, this charging base comes together in the box.
APPLE WATCH SERIES 2
Since all the ones I mentioned above are also Series 2, why did Apple choose to separate this option from others? Just because all the combinations already known to the public fit in here. If you choose the aluminum case (silver, gold, rose gold or space gray), you have a sports bracelet or nylon weave option; If you choose the stainless steel case (silver or black space) you can choose between sports bracelet, also stainless steel or leather.
And the Apple Watch Sport, cad?
As you may have noticed, there is no Apple Watch Sport option, as there was before. This happened because what would be considered the Sport (with aluminum finish and sports bracelet) is now just the sports bracelet along with stainless steel, aluminum or ceramic finishes, as mentioned above.
There is no novelty in design bracelets. Still, Apple took advantage of the Series 2 release to include or remove colors from available options.
The modern clasp bracelet remained with four options: midnight blue, black, ?Marigold? (something like ?marigold?) and red. Unfortunately, only the first two are available in Brazil.
The leather bracelet was smoke gray and midnight blue, while the milans and link bracelets remained silver and space gray only.
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Ah! And to those who were wondering: yes, the new generation be compatible with all previously released bracelets.
The Apple Watch Series 2 and Series 1 will go on sale tomorrow (9/9) and will be available in several countries from 16/9. To check the prices of all models, you can take a look at this our post.