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Apple's partnership with Nike lives on with the Apple Watch

The sporty Apple Watch Nike+ is designed for runners, with snazzy colors and exclusive Siri commands.

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Apple and Nike partnered 10 years ago for a special edition iPod -- the Nike+ iPod -- to get you running to the beat. The music player came bundled with a wireless sensor that could be placed in select Nike sneaks and used to measure pace and distance when running.

The two companies have buddied up once again for a special-edition Apple Watch. The Apple Watch Nike+ edition combines all of the features found in the Apple Watch Series 2, but adds new features that would appeal to runners.

The Apple Watch Nike+ is available now in 38 mm and 42 mm sizes for $369, £369 or AU$529, and $399, £399 or AU$579, respectively. That's the same price as the Series 2.

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What's different

  • The Nike+ Run Club app comes preloaded on the watch and works with exclusive Siri commands, such as asking her to start a workout. The app also offers daily motivation through run reminders, challenges with friends and alerts for when the weather is sunny.
  • The watch comes with a lightweight, breathable (i.e. it has holes in it) two-tone silicon strap that's exclusive to the Nike+ model. Color options include black and silver bands with accents in either gray, white or yellow-green (which Apple calls "Volt").
  • It also features two exclusive Nike watch faces that can be personalized to show activity data and heart rate, or provide quick access to the Nike+ Run Club and weather apps.

What else can it do?

Other than the features listed above, the Nike+ model is identical to the Apple Watch Series 2. It's the same size and weight, and it can be used to make phone calls (when your iPhone is connected) and run apps.

It also features the same ultra bright display, dual-core processor and swim-proof design as the Series 2. You can even download and use the Nike+ Run Club app on the Series 2 model, which also includes GPS, but you won't have the Siri integration and run reminders from the Nike+ model.

We'll have a full review of the Apple Watch Nike+ edition in the coming weeks.

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