A swimmer’s view of Apple Watch Series 2 [Review]


Does Apple Watch Series 2 sink or swim?
Does Apple Watch Series 2 sink or swim?
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The Workout app in Apple Watch Series 2 includes two new swimming options to show off its waterproofing. This is a key differentiator over the cheaper Series 1 model, and yet very few reviewers actually took their test units for a swim. One even claimed that all the pools and beaches in New York were closed, so they couldn’t test this feature.

So I decided to take the plunge with Series 2 and find out for myself if it sinks or swims.

Over the past two weeks, I’ve tested my Apple Watch in a variety of swimming conditions, including various public pools — and even the Mediterranean sea.

Apple Watch Series 2 may not be enough to boost sales


Apple Watch Nike Plus
Will the Nike+ bring in more Apple Watch customers?
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The new features on the Apple Watch Series 2 will not be enough to boost overall sales of the wearable, claims KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo.

Even though the original Apple Watch was only on sale for eight months in 2015, Kuo’s supply chain sources indicate that sales will decline compared to last year.

Apple Watch 2 may get thinner display


Get your Apple Watch ready for the new iPhone.
The new Apple Watch will look just like the old one.
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The second-generation Apple Watch is set to adopt new “One Glass Solution” technology for its display, according to the latest rumor out of Asia.

Apple’s new wearable is expected to debut later this year and while previous rumors have claimed it won’t feature any major design changes, Apple supplier TPK Holding supposedly let it slip that Apple is using one of its new displays that could save Apple some space on the inside.

Wearable shipments fall as Apple Watch gets long in the tooth


Ugreen's magnetic charging station for the Apple Watch.
When Apple Watch shipments fall, the industry feels it.
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Wearable shipments fell for the first time ever last quarter, and it’s all thanks to declining interest in an aging Apple Watch. Smartwatch vendors shipped just 3.5 million units during Q2 2016, down from 5.1 million units over the same quarter last year.