Apple Watch Nike Edition is no more, here’s what you need to know
The Apple Watch is one of the best fitness trackers available on the market. This little device packs a lot of vital features including car crash detection, ECG, fall detection, and more. Not to mention its tight integration with the rest of the company’s devices. Last week, during his Far event, the Cupertino company launched the Apple Watch Series 8 with the iPhone 14 line. Interestingly, the Apple Watch Nike Edition is no longer an available option. Here’s what you need to know about the change in this year’s Apple Watch lineup.
What is an Apple Watch Nike Edition?
Since the Apple Watch Series 2, the company included a Nike edition with every annual release. For those unfamiliar with them, these models offered exclusive watch faces and branded straps. Additionally, the genuine Apple Watch would also have the Nike logo on the back. Apart from the cosmetic aspect, these watches therefore offered no additional functionality.
Now that the company has stopped making Nike-branded Apple Watches, it has made some changes to the hardware and software departments. For starters, watchOS 9 unlocks Nike faces on all watch models. So even if you own an old non-Nike Apple Watch, you can now use these exclusive watch faces. Moreover, when users visit the relevant tab on the Apple online store, the company redirects them to the Nike bands section. This way, fans of the Nike edition can purchase the branded straps and pair them with their regular watches and Nike watch faces.
This move makes sense, as it spares Apple the separate burning and packaging processes. It’s not very practical or sensible to have a separate line, where the only difference is an embossed Nike logo on the back. The company has also discontinued the Apple Watch Titanium Edition, as the Ultra model now provides that build material.
watchOS 9 doesn’t just unlock Nike’s exclusive watch faces. It also introduces the Low Power Mode and Compass Backtrack features – which Apple announced during its Far an event. This version of the software is currently available as Release Candidate (RC) for beta testers. The public will receive the final version of their compatible watches later today.
Apple Watch Series 8 packs a new body temperature monitor, supports car crash detection, and comes in two sizes.
The Apple Watch SE 2 lacks some features, such as ECG and AOD, to keep its price low.
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