“Apple has refocused its smartwatch on the fitness market, a move analysts believe was prompted by the company’s recognition that the broader definition it has used was simply not making the grade,” Gregg Keizer reports for Computerworld. “‘They’re responding to what’s working, what’s resonating with customers,’ said Jan Dawson, chief analyst at Jackdaw Research.”

“Dawson and others were reacting to the shift in Apple’s portrayal of the upgraded Watch, dubbed ‘Series 2,’ during last week’s launch event that also included the iPhone 7. Virtually all of the stage time about the new Watch, and many of the new features the Series 2 model sports, related in some way to fitness, from its water resistance, which an executive touted as ‘swim-proof,’ and GPS tracking to a new Nike-branded model,” Keizer reports. “That was significantly different than the opening salvos of the Watch two years ago when the Cupertino, Calif. company introduced the wearable. Then, Apple dipped into the iPhone playbook to trumpet a trio of primary use cases: For notifications forwarded from an iPhone, for telling time, and as a fitness accessory.”

When introducing the Series 2, “Apple trumpeted fitness, health and more fitness,” Keizer reports. “The fitness pivot, while perhaps a retreat from the bigger dreams of 2014, doesn’t mean that Apple’s lost the war, argued Dawson. He imagined the device’s trajectory as an hourglass shape. ‘The original idea of the Watch was very broad,’ Dawson said. ‘It has the potential to broaden out again, to become another small computer. On paper, it still is that.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: Apple Watch Series 2 ticks off our four most important boxes, in order of importance: GPS, performance (CPU/GPU), waterproofing, display brightness.

The wait until “Late October” for our Apple Watch Nike+ units is killing us!

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