Should I get an Apple Watch Series 2?
So, Apple have just released the Apple Watch Series 2. That's right, the tech overlord has decided that the slow, barely-usable original Apple Watch was in need of not just an update, but a re-branding.
Creatively repackaged the original Apple Watch is now to be known as the Apple Watch Series 1, and thankfully now comes with much smoother Watch OS3 software and a dual core processor. But Apple are no slouches in the business game and are tempting the public with a shiney, new Apple Watch Series 2.
Built for sportsmen
The main difference between the two? Well, apart from the price (Series 2 is approximately $100 more expensive), the Apple Watch Series 2 (also with OS3) is water resistant to 50m, and has also been fitted with a built-in GPS radio. Essentially, for sporty types, not only can the watch track accurate workout data, including distance and pace tracking, but it also removed the worry about jumping in the shower (or pool) wearing the watch post workout.
Granted, with a limit of 50m water resistance it doesn't mean you can take the thing deep sea diving, but certainly surface swimming is no longer a worry. In fact, there is a new swim-specific function in the workouts app, making the $100 extra for the Series 2 even more appealing for swimmers.
Brighter and has a second microphone
The Series 2 Watch display is now powered by 1000 nits in comparison to the original 450, making the screen two times brighter in order to prevent poor visibility of the watch in bright situations, like when you're driving to work. Apple have also snuck in a cheeky second microphone hole to improve voice recognition when using apps such as Siri.
When Apple announced its luxury leather strap tie-in with Hermes for the original Apple Watch, it did seem a little gimmicky. But the response from the market (and us), was hugely positive. We know this because not only does Series 2 come with a renewal of the Hermes strap (approx $1,149), but Apple has also brought aboard Nike to create a custom Nike Sports Band ($369), and are also producing an 'Edition' strap with a ceramic case ($1,249).