Apple introduced a new version of its smartwatch during an event on Wednesday called the Apple Watch Series 2. The new watch can be worn while swimming, comes with a more powerful processor, and includes an integrated GPS sensor for runners, bikers and hikers. It will start at $369 and will launch on Sept. 16.
Apple says it re-engineered the watch to make it resistant to water damage. This is especially true when it comes to the device’s speaker, which ejects water from the watch at the end of a swim. Apple is also adding a new workout feature hat allows swimmers to log swims both in the pool and in open water.
Other enhancements include a more powerful graphics processor and a brighter new display, which is said to be easier to view in sunlight. The new version of the Apple Watch will also come with a built-in GPS sensor. Third-party app developers are already beginning to take advantage of this. The ViewRanger app, for example, shows directions and can pinpoint the wearer’s location on a map even without cell service.
Apple is also introducing a new ceramic casing for the Apple Watch Series 2, which will be available in white. Nike and Apple, meanwhile, are partnering to launch a special edition of the watch in October that will cater to runners. It comes with a perforated, breathable band paired with Apple’s aluminum watch casing.
Apple is also updating the previous generation Apple Watch with a new processor and will price it at $269.
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