Apple Hopes Waterproofing and Pokemon Go Will Make You Think Its Watch Is Cool

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The Apple Watch was destined for disappointment
when it launched in 2015. Many prophesied that it’d rein in some mythical golden age of wearables, much like the iPhone did for smartphones. But that didn’t really happen. Maybe the Apple Watch Series 2 can change the narrative.

To kick things off, Tim Cook spent tons of time lauding its original effort at the smartwatch (though recent news would disagree) and Apple’s Jeff Williams walked through watchOS 3 updates revealed at WWDC earlier in June, including that skeptically scientific Breathe app.

Next up was app developer Niantic, which announced that Pokemon Go would be coming to the Apple Watch. However, this isn’t just a port of the mobile game to the watch, which would suck horribly. Instead, the watch works with your iPhone to incorporate the step counter more seamlessly rather than always having to pop open the app.

Then, finally, came the new hardware. The Apple Watch Series 2 upgrades from splashproof to completely swimproof with resistance up to fifty meters. Apple redesigned the speaker system to help eject water from the watch after you take a swim.

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