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Everything Apple announced during the iPhone 7 unveiling event

Macworld Staff | Sept. 8, 2016
Yes, the iPhone 7 was Wednesday's event headliner, but Apple had plenty of other announcements and news to share.

iOS 10 dropping September 13

We first got a glimpse of iOS 10 at Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference in June, but now we have a launch date: Tuesday, September 13, which is just a few days ahead of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus's September 16 ship date. Also going live on the 13th: watchOS 3. 

Meet the Apple Watch Series 2

The dual-core Apple Watch Series 2 features a brighter display, swim-proof capabilities, and built-in GPS, and this new model has a redesigned speaker to make it water-resistant down to 50 meters. Other than that, this updated smartwatch looks near-identical to the first Apple Watch, now known as Apple Watch Series 1, which was only splash-proof. Apple also introduced a couple of new bands, including a few new luxury Hermés bands. 

The Apple Watch Series 2 starts at US$369, and the original Apple Watch Series 1 is now $269. Pre-orders start on September 9, with units available in stores on September 16. It's available in the same four aluminum finishes (silver, gold, rose gold, and space gray) and two stainless steel finishes (regular and space black) as the Series 1, plus one new ceramic option that starts at US$1,249. 

An Apple Watch just for runners

Apple has partnered with Nike to create a special edition of the Apple Watch specifically for running enthusiasts: The Apple Watch Nike+. This watch is made from lightweight aluminum and features a perforated band, and also has some special features. For example, you can simply tell Siri to start a run, and she'll launch the app. When you're out on your run, you can get a distraction-free display with just your distance and pace, or you can enable an "advanced" mode with more details about your workout. The Apple Watch Nike+ comes in four colors and will be available in late October for US$369. 

iWork gets real-time collaboration

Apple devoted a few minutes to its productivity suite for iOS and macOS-iWork-which can now support real-time collaboration between users. Apple said that the real-time collaboration feature works across platforms on the Mac, iPad, and iPhone. This feature allows users to work on a Pages doc, Numbers spreadsheet, or Keynote presentation at the same time. Team work makes the dream work. 

Our favorite Nintendo characters, now on the iPhone and Apple Watch

One thing we didn't see coming: Tim Cook inviting special guests onstage to talk about mobile gaming. Since Pokémon Go became a global phenomenon this summer, developer Niantic Labs is bringing the game to the Apple Watch, with new features for tracking eggs and for encouraging players to stay active. Pokémon Go for Apple Watch will launch later this year. 

 

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