TechCrunch calls the Apple Watch Series 2 the first real Apple Watch and it sounds like truth. Apple seems to have created the whole new ecosystem or a body where iPhone is the brain, the AirPods are the mouth and the Apple Watch is the hand. And we must admit that this hand is getting more independent and more useful.
The Apple Watch Series 2 is now equipped with built-in GPS which allows for exercising without having to lug along a comparatively heavy iPhone just to get accurate tracking. Apple has provided Apple Watch Series 2 with a brighter screen. Text is much easier to read especially on activity summary screens.
The watch is completely waterproof, a necessary feature for any decent sport watch. When you enter the swimming mode, the screen automatically locks and the water doesn’t trigger the touch screen as your hands enter and exit.
As soon as you’re done with your swim, you unlock the screen by turning the digital crown and the Watch sends pulses of sound through the speaker, impelling the water out of the speaker holes in a spitting motion. Thus, the speaker chamber gets cleared out and audio coming out of the Watch isn’t muffled. A clever move from Apple and importantly, the function works exactly as advertised.
“The new WP 50m waterproofing made it easy to test the swimming functions without having to worry. I set my pool length and duration and jumped right in. The measurements performed as advertised, offering up my preferred stroke, my heart rate and pace and a host of other measurements that seemed pretty accurate”, says Matthew Panzarino from TechCrunch.
Apple states that it has made the processor inside 50 percent faster. Panzarino comments: “When the original Watch was still opening and loading the activity screen, I was already scrolling down the list of data collated from my week. The same went for Maps, calendars and more.”
Taking into account increased speed and brightness, it is getting more and more convenient to use the Watch for interactions more often. This had already started happening a bit with Apple’s WatchOS 2 update last year, which improved performance significantly, but Apple Watch Series 2 has stepped even further with its faster processor.
Apple confirm its philosophy “your data is your data” by adding GPS layers as just another slice of independence to Apple Watch Series 2, which will eventually gain cellular functionality so that it can communicate with your phone wherever it is.