APPLE HAS ANNOUNCED its second-generation smartwatch and has annoyingly named it the Apple Watch Series 2.
The big selling point is that the Apple Watch Series 2 is "swim-proof", which means it's water resistant to 50 metres, making perfect for, er, swimmers, or those too lazy to take it off in the shower.
The smartwatch can provide calorie burn information for swimmers and custom workouts for more athletic types.
The dual-core S2 processor is up to 50 per cent faster compared with that used in the original Apple Watch, and offers two times the graphics performance thanks to a new GPU.
GPS is also included, which means you'll be able to play 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.
There's a new display that the firm claims is 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 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, with Apple also launching an all-new ceramic and Nike-branded models, presumably to appeal to Tinchy Strider. Much to our own Chris Merriman's dismay, they didn't announce a wooden version.
The Apple Watch Series 2 will be available from £369 in the US, while the original Apple Watch, which has been given a 'Series 1' makeover and Apple's new S2 chip, will drop to £269.
It will be available to pre-order from Friday and will launch in-store on 16 September. µ
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