The original Apple Watch gets a faster processor and its price reduced



While Apple made it clear that the Apple Watch Series 2 is a considerable upgrade with its thousand nits-bright display, faster dual-core processor, and GPS connectivity, it definitely hasn't left the original model behind.

In addition to slashing its base model price down to $269, Apple has revamped the Series 1 Apple Watch with the same dual-core processor found inside the second-generation device. This is a nice way of bringing the best-selling smartwatch up to speed and not making it seem too outdated next to the improved model.

Of course, the original Apple Watch misses out on the rest of the Series 2's features, such as the GPS connectivity, brighter screen, and ceramic body. But with the newly reduced pricing and upped speed, it certainly remains a compelling smartwatch choice for iOS users.

Both the upgraded Series 1 watch and the new Series 2 Apple Watch will be up for pre-orders on September 9, while the official launch is scheduled for September 13. The Apple Watch Series 2 starts from $369.

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8 Comments

1. Tom5521

Posts: 41; Member since: Sep 04, 2016

Amazing watch, will definitely buy the second gen!

4. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

I am an Android eco-guy but.. one thing I like about apple is.. it doesn't discriminate or give preference to its clients when it comes to updates in software or such hardware increments.. whether owning older devices or new.. you get new features.. but Oems like Samsung.. this becomes a nightmare.. it's like customers almost beg to get new features in older devices...

7. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Almost every new iteration of iPhone had features that older ones didn't get. I don't know where you're getting your information.

9. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

The ability to remove certain features an older model can't handle is a great way to ensure older models can get upgrades as well as a way to give an incentive for users to upgrade. Still Apple is much better than android (sans nexus) in the update department.

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

So what are the older ones doing? Are they taking them back? So both the older and newer models will look the same still. So the older single core Apple watch S1. I remember last year some Apple zealots were saying that it was a dual core at 1ghz. Now we know it is a single core running at 520 MHz. So now it is a dual core running at 520 MHz. It's a great way for Apple to get rid of the first gen. While telling everyone that they will be putting a new processor in the older first gen. God, Apple has the best hype and propaganda running.

2. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

I'm so glad I didn't buy the first gen. I've been waiting this long so I'm very excited. I don't need GPS and waterproofing, just the faster processor and cheaper cost.

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

This is a brilliant move by Apple.

10. kryme

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

Question with the original Apple Watch getting the same dual core chip as the new watch whats really the difference between the two ...??? They messed up my whole head up when the say the original watch getting the same chip... Is it a lower speed dual core chip... I'm wondering what's the selling point... Is it the water resistant because I think the first watch is also water resistant so please I need help...

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