Apple presented an updated line of smartwatches, which included three models: Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch SE and Apple Watch Ultra. And if the first two are, in fact, minor updates, then about the Apple Watch
Pro Ultra there have been a lot of rumours lately.
And it is worth noting that most of them have been confirmed. For example, regarding the design of the device. Apple Watch Ultra has really become the most massive Apple smartwatch today – the size of the titanium case is 49 mm. The always-on Retina display, unlike other Apple Watch models, is flat. The Digital Crown has been slightly enlarged, and the side key is now more convenient and easier to press when wearing gloves. In addition, another button appeared on the left of the screen, which can perform various functions. For example, manage training, leave waypoints during hikes or start diving mode.
Apple Watch Ultra can work at temperatures from -20 to +55 degrees Celsius. The smartwatch can withstand immersion under water to a depth of 40 meters. You can go water skiing and engage in other water activities with it. The gadget received IP6X (dust protection), MIL-STD-810H, EN13319, WR100 (ISO 22810) certifications.
The Retina display has a peak brightness of up to 2000 nits. The company notes that it is 2 times brighter than the screen of other Apple Watches. The increased diagonal of the display allows to display more useful information for the user. Another feature is the night mode for the Wayfinder watch face. You just need to turn the Digital Crown to activate this mode: the background of the dial will turn black and all the inscriptions will turn red. The same watch will be more comfortable to use at night.
Engineers installed a more powerful two-frequency GPS antenna (L1+L5) in the Apple Watch Ultra, which provides more accurate location data, helps to better calculate the user’s distance and speed. Also, the watch received two speakers at once, which increase the volume of Siri and incoming calls. There is also an option to turn on a siren with a volume of 86 dB, if you are lost or need help. It should be heard at a distance of up to 180 meters.
Regarding the battery life of the Apple Watch Ultra, the situation is as follows. You can count on a working time of up to 36 hours under a normal usage scenario. That is, the battery life is twice as long as that of other Apple Watch models. But a little later, users will get an energy-saving mode that will increase the working time to 60 hours.
Three types of bands have been developed for Apple Watch Ultra: Alpine Loop, Trail Loop and Ocean Band. Each of them has its own fastening option, which will be more convenient for certain activities. The watch received a sensor for measuring body temperature, which should improve the tracking system of menstrual cycles in women. The Crash Detection function has also appeared (it can recognize an accident and call the rescue service).
The Apple Watch Ultra will go on sale on September 23. The price of a smart watch starts at $799. All versions of the gadget support mobile communication.
Apple Watch Series 8, like the Ultra model, received a temperature sensor that will provide more data for monitoring women’s health (capable of detecting changes in body temperature by 0.1 degrees Celsius). Two new motion sensors for the Crash Detection function have also appeared. Battery life, as before, is up to 18 hours. But the new energy saving mode will be able to extend the working time up to 36 hours.
The cost of Apple Watch Series 8 is from $399 (GPS) and from $499 (eSIM). The watch is available in seven variants: four colors for the aluminum case (Midnight, Starlight, Silver and Product RED) and three colors for the stainless steel case (Gold, Sapphire and Space Black).
Apple Watch SE of the second generation received a more powerful S8 chip than its predecessor, as well as support for the Crash Detection function and power saving mode. The smartwatch will be available in Midnight, Starlight and Silver colors. Price: from $249 for the GPS version and from $299 for the eSIM version.