Apple quietly reveals when the Apple Watch Nike+ will be available

Nike and Apple partnered to create a Nike+ branded Apple Watch, but until now, its exact release date was unknown.
Written by Jason Cipriani, Contributing Writer
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Running enthusiasts who pre-ordered the Apple Watch Nike+, your wait is almost over.

The Nike+ variant of the Apple Watch will be available, and presumably start shipping, on Oct. 28. Apple added the release date to its website sometime overnight, as first spotted by the French website WatchGeneration (and reported by 9to5Mac).

The watch was announced during the Apple's special event in early September, alongside the iPhone 7, Apple Watch Series 2, and wireless earbuds.

The Apple Watch Nike+ internal hardware is the same as the Apple Watch Series 2, meaning users will get the same 50m water-resistance rating, improved display, and built-in GPS.

Specific to the Nike+ edition watch, users will get exclusive watch faces, and the Nike+ Run Club app will come pre-installed. With the app, users can track runs, get daily encouragement to hit the pavement, and compete with fellow Nike+ users and friends.

The Nike+ watch also features different watch bands, similar to Apple's Sports band, but with small holes throughout the band accented with various colors.

Pricing for the Apple Watch Nike+ is identical to the Series 2 watch -- starting at $369 -- and is only available in an aluminum housing.

On Friday, Apple also updated its website and began selling SIM-free, unlocked iPhone 7 models.

The Oct. 28 launch date is a day after Apple is rumored to announce a long overdue refreshed MacBook lineup.

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