Apple revealed the Apple Watch Ultra today at its “Far Out” media event, a new feature-rich wristwatch for sports and explorers with an all-new design, a huge flat sapphire crystal display, an additional programmable Action button, and cellular as standard.
Larger, Brighter, and More Powerful
The 49mm titanium case houses the brightest Apple Watch display yet at 2,000 nits, which is twice as bright as previous models, as well as a larger Digital Crown that is more robust and capable. It has a battery life of 36 hours and is going to have a potential of up to 60 hours through the upcoming low-power battery optimization setting which will be available during the fall.
Apple claims that the Apple Watch Ultra has adequate battery life for most users to complete a long-course triathlon, which includes a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile cycle ride, and a 26.2-mile marathon.
New Action Buttons
The all new Action button which in a high-contrast with international orange may be easily configured to provide a quick access to myriad features such as those of Workout, the Compass Waypoints, Backtrack, and many more. The Apple Watch Ultra also has three built-in microphones to boost voice call sound quality, as well as new improved wind noise-reduction algorithms to provide clearer and more comprehensible audio for calls.
Elite Athletes and Endurance Sports
There’s a new Dark Mode, as well as a Wayfinder watch face with an integrated compass and room for up to eight complications. The watch also includes a depth gauge and a new dual-frequency GPS with bespoke position algorithms for receiving GPS signals in difficult-to-reach areas.
The Apple Watch Ultra also has new Series 8 capabilities such as a body temperature sensor, enhanced cycle tracking, worldwide roaming on cellular versions, and automobile crash detection.
The latest watchOS 9 also introduces new advanced running metrics to measure performance, such as Stride Length, Ground Contact Time, Vertical Oscillation, and Running Power, as well as new Workout Views, such as Segments, Splits, and Elevation, which can take advantage of the Ultra’s larger display by showing up to six metrics at once.
Bands Created for the Great Outdoors
The Trail Loop band is the thinnest Apple Watch band to date, designed primarily for endurance athletes and runners. The lightweight woven cloth is soft and flexible, allowing it to cinch to the perfect fit, and the handy tab allows for quick and easy adjustment.
The Alpine Loop band has been designed by Apple keeping adventurers in mind, with two inter-woven layers manufactured through one continuous weaving technique that removes the need for stitching. The top loops, which are interlaced with high-strength yarn, allow for adjustment and secure attachment of the titanium G-hook fastener.
With a titanium buckle and accompanying spring-loaded loop, the Ocean Band is specifically intended for extreme water activities and recreational diving. It is made of a flexible fluoroelastomer that stretches and uses tubular design for a secure fit. The Ocean Band also includes an extra-long tail that can be worn comfortably over a wetsuit. Apple also has bands for hikers, divers, and runners, including an Alpine loop band, an Ocean band, and a super-thin Trail Loop.
Lovers of Ocean and Water Sports
The Apple Watch Ultra is built for water sports, such as kitesurfing and wakeboarding, as well as recreational scuba diving to 40 meters with the new Oceanic+ app. Apple Watch Ultra is WR100 certified to handle these underwater experiences. The Apple Watch Ultra is also certified to EN 13319, an internationally known standard for diving gear like as depth gauges, which are used by recreational divers all over the world.
Apple Watch Ultra includes a Depth app with an intuitive user interface that makes use of a new depth gauge. Depth app displays the time, the depth of current, temperature of water, the duration spent under water, and maximum depth achieved at a glance. Users can program the Action button to start the Depth app immediately.
Price of Apple Watch Ultra
The Apple Watch Ultra costs $799 and is available for pre-order starting today. It will be available a week later on September 23.