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Apple Watch Series 2 is Slightly Thicker and Heavier Due to Larger Battery

While the Apple Watch Series 2 looks virtually indistinguishable from the Apple Watch Series 1 to the naked eye, tech specs confirm that second-generation models are actually slightly thicker and heavier than original models.

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38mm models of the Apple Watch Series 2 are 11.4mm thick and weigh 28.2 grams, compared to 10.5mm and 25 grams for original 38mm models.

Similarly, the new 42mm models are 11.4mm thick and weigh 34.2 grams, compared to 10.5mm and 30 grams for original 42mm models.

This means that all Apple Watch Series 2 models are 0.9mm thicker and up to 4.2 grams heavier, likely due to the inclusion of an up to 35% larger battery, but the real-life difference on the wrist should be relatively unnoticeable. The width and height of the Series 2 models remain unchanged.

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Apple did not confirm that Apple Watch Series 2 models have a larger battery, but it is likely considering that battery life is equal to original models despite the Series 2's inclusion of a faster S2 chip and GPS. A future teardown of the device should confirm the larger battery capacity.

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32 months ago
Maaaan, and this is the one device we'd actually like to see thinner!
Rating: 45 Votes
32 months ago
I just want a watch that looks like a watch, not a mini iPhone. Samsung can do it, why can't Apple?
Rating: 15 Votes
32 months ago
The first was too thick as it is!
Rating: 14 Votes
32 months ago
Yes, a phone that is .9mm thicker and has 20% more battery would be great. The watch? It's pretty chunky already.
Rating: 13 Votes
32 months ago
An Apple product that got thicker the next generation? :eek: Jony should be furious.
Rating: 11 Votes
32 months ago
Thicker for extra battery life?

"Are you not entertained?!" says Maximus Decimus Meridius.
Rating: 9 Votes
32 months ago

I cant remember the last time Apple released a product that was thicker and heavier than the previous model.

You still have to carry your iPhone to make it work so I don't see the point in wearing one.


The Iphone 6S last year was thicker and heavier than the 6.

The Ipad 3rd generation was thicker and heavier than the 2nd.

There might be more but that's just what I remember off top.
Rating: 9 Votes
32 months ago

I just want a watch that looks like a watch, not a mini iPhone. Samsung can do it, why can't Apple?

It's not that Apple can't, its that they chose this particular design for their product. They just as easily could have gone with a round design if they felt it was the right direction for them.
Rating: 9 Votes
32 months ago
0.9 mm THICKER?!

Literally unwearable.
Rating: 7 Votes
32 months ago
I cant remember the last time Apple released a product that was thicker and heavier than the previous model.

You still have to carry your iPhone to make it work so I don't see the point in wearing one.
Rating: 5 Votes

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