As expected, Apple launched a new version of the Apple Watch last week. While many rumors pointed to an Apple Watch 2, Apple made incremental improvements and dubbed the latest product Apple Watch Series 2. The company also surprised many fans by upgrading the processor in the original Apple Watch and continuing to sell this model at a $100 discount. While the two models are ever so slightly different on the outside, when it comes to size and weight they are virtually the same. So what are the key differences between the Apple Watch Series 1 and the Apple Watch Series 2?
The Apple Watch Series 2 pre-order opens on Friday, September 9, 2016 at 12:01 AM Pacific time (3:01 AM Eastern time).
Shipping starts on Friday, September 16, 2016. The new Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2 are also available online and in stores starting on September 16.
Apple Watch scored top honors in a recent J.D. Power customer satisfaction survey of smartwatch owners. The report asked almost 2,700 customers who bought a new device between June 2015 and June 2016 a variety of questions pertaining to their experiences. The two leading companies in the survey were Apple and Samsung, with Apple winning overall satisfaction in the smartwatch category and Samsung taking second place. When it comes to fitness bands, Samsung beat out Garmin for first place.
Glances are another casualty of watchOS 3. While this feature has been removed, you can still get information from your most frequently used apps quickly.
WatchOS 3 removes the Friends list from Apple Watch. Instead, a long press and hold on the side button initiates an emergency call.