THE FIRST-GENERATION Apple Watch quickly cemented its place as the world's best-selling smartwatch, and Apple has now released another.
The Apple Watch Series 2 was unveiled alongside the iPhone 7, bringing waterproofing, GPS and Apple's new S2 processor.
We've rounded up everything you need to know about picking up the second-generation Apple Watch, and will update it as soon as we hear more.
The Apple Watch Series 2 is now available to preorder ahead of an in-store release on 16 September.
Apple's online store has started taking orders for the Apple Watch Series 2, and prices vary depending on the watch and band combo. For example, a 38mm aluminium case with a Sport or Woven strap is £369, while the larger 42mm model is £399.
The most expensive Apple Watch Series 2 model, a Space Black Stainless Steel case with Space Link bracelet, will set you back £1,049. Yep - Apple has canned its stupidly-expensive £13,500 gold model.
One of the biggest selling points of the new Apple Watch is that it's "swim-proof", which means it's water resistant to 50 metres, making it perfect for, er, swimmers, or those too lazy to take it off in the shower.
The dual-core S2 processor makes the new model up to 50 per cent faster than the original Apple Watch and provides two times the graphics performance thanks to a new GPU.
GPS is also included, which means you'll be able to play bloody Pokémon Go on your wrist. For those who don't waste their time throwing balls at Pikachus, this will also allow you to map hiking trails and, er, spot birds.
The new display is a claimed two times brighter than before, and at 1,000 nits it's the brightest display the firm has shipped to date.
The new Apple Watch will run watchOS 3, which the firm announced at WWDC in June and revealed today will roll out to all on 13 September.
This will deliver faster apps thanks to the software’s ability to store apps in memory, allowing them to launch and respond instantly. Native and third-party apps will launch seven times faster than in watchOS 2, according to the firm.
New APIs will allow developers to create watchOS 3 apps that integrate Apple Pay, as well as gain access to native functions like the fitness and motion tracking data, gestures, speaker audio and the CloudKit and Game Centre.
Navigation has also been improved thanks to the addition of a 'favourite apps’ screen and a Control Centre menu, much like that seen on the iPhone.
Of course, watchOS 3 will also bring new watch faces, including a Minnie Mouse to go with the existing Mickey Mouse as Apple takes further steps to improve its diversity.
In terms of design, you'll be able to get the Apple Watch Series 2 in the same metal and woven versions as before, and Apple has also launched new ceramic and Nike-branded models. µ
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