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Apple Watch 2 Release Date, Price & Features

The Apple Watch 2 release date is this month and it is coming to stores as the Apple Watch Series 2.

Apple announced the Apple Watch Series 2, which most users will simply call the Apple Watch 2 alongside the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Apple also announced the Apple Watch Nike+ Edition.

The Apple Watch Series 2 runs watchOS 3.0 which will pair with iOS 10. The Apple Watch Series 2 includes many enhancements and better performance thanks to a faster processor.

What you need to know about the Apple Watch 2 release date and features.
What you need to know about the Apple Watch 2 release date and features.

On September 7th Apple announced the Apple Watch Series 2, and the Apple Watch Series 1. Series 2 is the Apple Watch 2, while Series 1 is the original Apple Watch with a faster processor.

The Apple Watch 2 includes built-in GPS, it is water resistant to 50 meters, there is a faster processor and a twice as bright display.

Apple Watch 2 Release Date

The Apple Watch series 2 release date is September 16th.
The Apple Watch series 2 release date is September 16th.

The Apple Watch 2 release date is September 16th. You can pre-order the Apple Watch 2 starting on September 9th.  The watchOS 3.0 update arrives for older Apple Watch devices a few days earlier on September 13th.

You can buy the Apple Watch Series 2 through Apple and it will also likely be available at Best Buy and other retailers.

Apple Watch 2 Price

The Apple Watch 2 price starts at $369 for the Apple Watch Sport version with an aluminum case and a Sport band. That’s for the 38mm version. You’ll need to pay $399 for the Apple Watch 2 Sport in 42mm.

Apple Watch 2 price details.
Apple Watch 2 price details.

Opting for a Stainless Steel Apple Watch bumps the price up to $549 for a 38mm and to $599 for the 42mm.

In October you can buy the Apple Watch Nike+ edition for the same pricing as the Apple Watch Series 2 Sport.

The Apple Watch 2 price can creep quite high depending on the band options you choose, with some options going up to $1,399.

Apple also offers the Apple Watch Series 1, with the upgraded processor for $269 in the 38mm and $299 in the 42mm.

Apple Watch 2 Features

There are a great number of new Apple Watch Series 2 features that buyers need to consider.

What you need to know about the Apple Watch 2 features.
What you need to know about the Apple Watch 2 features.

Apple now supports built-in GPS so you can go for a run without your iPhone and the watch will track your distance perfectly as well as map your route.

The Apple Watch Series 2 is now water resistant up to 50 meters. That means you can swim with it or go on a Tough Mudder without worrying about water damage. There is also a comprehensive updated Workout app.

With watchOS 3.0 users get access to the Breath app to help them practice mindful breathing and access to third party health apps.

What’s New in watchOS 3.0: Get the Best Apple Watch 2 Features Today

Faster Apple Watch Apps & Performance

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Faster Apple Watch Apps & Performance

When you launch an Apple Watch app on watchOS 2, you may need to wait a full minute to use the app. With watchOS 3.0 the same apps open instantly.

This means that many apps that were useless in many situations are now worthwhile and easier to use.

Background app updates are also possible so that when you open the app, the info you want is already there.

Developers don't need to update apps to make this work. The Apple Watch is just faster with watchOS 3.0.

This is the most important every-day watchOS 3.0 feature, but it is not the only big feature that Apple announced.

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5 Comments

  1. John Bakers

    05/13/2016 at 1:30 am

    I’m looking forward to trying AW2 myself and have all the latest apps on it. This one for monitoring iPhone battery charge seems to look quite impressive: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/watchmybattery/id1024068907

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  2. Judithgarnold

    05/15/2016 at 8:50 am

    amazing…I ᴊᴜsᴛ ɢᴏᴛ ᴘᴀɪᴅ 6784USD ᴡᴏʀᴋɪɴɢ ᴏғғ ᴍʏ ʟᴀᴘᴛᴏᴘ ᴛʜɪs ᴍᴏɴᴛʜ. Aɴᴅ ɪғ ʏᴏᴜ ᴛʜɪɴᴋ ᴛʜᴀᴛ’s ᴄᴏᴏʟ, ᴍʏ ᴅɪᴠᴏʀᴄᴇᴅ ғʀɪᴇɴᴅ ʜᴀs ᴛᴡɪɴ ᴛᴏᴅᴅʟᴇʀs ᴀɴᴅ ᴍᴀᴅᴇ ᴏᴠᴇʀ $9ᴋ ʜᴇʀ ғɪʀsᴛ ᴍᴏɴᴛʜ. Iᴛ ғᴇᴇʟs sᴏ ɢᴏᴏᴅ ᴍᴀᴋɪɴɢ sᴏ ᴍᴜᴄʜ ᴍᴏɴᴇʏ ᴡʜᴇɴ ᴏᴛʜᴇʀ ᴘᴇᴏᴘʟᴇ ʜᴀᴠᴇ ᴛᴏ ᴡᴏʀᴋ ғᴏʀ sᴏ ᴍᴜᴄʜ ʟᴇss.
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  3. mloptcom

    07/27/2016 at 3:32 am

    I’ve heard the Apple Watch 2 might finally be a stand-alone device with its own sim card. Samsung and LG both released devices that include this feature back in 2014. Apple are way behind the pack in the smartwatch market.

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  4. ejwbauer

    08/10/2016 at 2:49 pm

    I am excited about the rumored addition of GPS in the Apple Watch (if true), as that will make distance tracking during runs way more accurate. Not too worried about GPS impacting battery life either, as I doubt Apple would let the battery slip past where it’s at now. My frustration isn’t with the Watch itself, it’s with what to do with the $300+ in extra Watch Bands I have laying around. I couldn’t find any good options, so I made this; http://www.applewatchdisplay.com – let me know what you think

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  5. Lenny A.

    02/24/2017 at 1:21 pm

    I have to admit. I love Apple products and consider myself an exclusive buyer of them. With that being said I’m a bit disappointed with the Apple Watch 2. Maybe my own expectations are at fault, but I was seriously thinking that it would be a major upgrade. Nonetheless, I will continue to use it. Hopefully, the next edition has features that blow other competitors away. Thanks for sharing

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