Is Apple Watch Series 2 worth the money?

Apple made some big changes to their original wearable offering

This was an important week for Apple. They released iOS 7 on Tuesday evening and the new iPhone devices became available in stores this morning. As iPhone 7 owners unbox their devices, it's worth looking at Apple's wearable offering. 

Rather than bringing out a brand new device, the company opted to tweak and refine their original offering. The Apple Watch Series 2 comes in three models. The most basic version starts at €449 and prices go right up from there. 

The new additions to the Apple Watch really do make a big difference to those looking for more than an expensive piece of arm candy. 

One of the key additions for sports fans is onboard GPS. This means runners can leave their phones behind. The two will sync once the run is complete. This is exciting for a number of reasons, but mostly because it means we're another step closer to a tetherless Apple Watch in the future. 

Series 2 is waterproof up to 50 meters, meaning the wearer can happily go swimming with it on. There's a new swimming app too, with all laps in the pool finally counting toward fitness goal rings.

The dual-core chip is 50% faster than the original Apple Watch. It's going to be most noticeable when loading up third-party apps and making calls.

Bottom line:

While these changes are exciting and what needed to happen, I'm not sure that it's worth parting with such a huge amount of money right now. There's already a huge amount of speculation online as to what the next generation of Apple Watch may entail.