“When Apple jumped into the wearables market last year with the first Apple Watch, it delivered a device that offered a lot of promise, while at the same confusing and confounding many early adopters,” Michael deAgonia reports for Computerworld. “App loading times were sluggish; the UI was wholly unfamiliar to longtime Apple buyers; connectivity was sometimes an issue; and fitness tracking didn’t always work as it should.”

“This year’s Apple Watch Series 2 — unveiled last month when the iPhone 7 was previewed — builds on last year’s model and addresses most, but not all, of the issues early adopters faced,” deAgonia reports. “With the inclusion of GPS, a faster system architecture, better water resistance and support for more activity profiles — including swimming and wheelchair support — the Series 2 turns the Apple Watch into a more complete fitness band. And the system’s overall responsiveness, in concert with watchOS 3, largely delivers on last year’s first-generation promise.”

“watchOS 3 went a long way to make the Apple Watch much more user-friendly and Apple-like in its utility. The hardware update finished the job,” deAgonia reports. “If you’re already an iPhone user and in the market for a fitness band, or for a way to filter out digital distractions, this year’s Watch models are worth checking out. They’ve come a long way in a year.”

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