Apple introduced the Apple Watch Ultra in September 2022, a high-end version of the Apple Watch that has been in development for years now. Designed to compete with more expensive fitness-focused smartwatches from companies like Garmin, the Apple Watch Ultra aims to sportsmen and sportsmen who need more battery life and more sport-specific performance from their devices.
Apple says the Apple Watch Ultra was designed for endurance, exploration and adventureand this is the largest Apple Watch yet at 49mmwhich is 5mm larger than the 45mm Apple Watch Series 8 it’s sold with.
Apple Watch Ultra features the first redesign we’ve seen in years with a slight aerospace-grade titanium body, flat sapphire crystal facea larger diameter and deeper grooves Digital Crowna slot for the side button And one additional physical button on the left side called the Action button.
To up to 2000 nitsthe Apple Watch Ultra is the Brightest Apple Watch to this day, so it is easy to see in the sun. The Action button is designed in orange international to make it visible in the dark and underwater, and it’s customizable so it can activate workouts, mark segments, set compass waypoints, and more.
There are three built-in microphones to improve sound quality, and a beamforming algorithm captures voice while reducing ambient background noise even when there is noise outside. There is a Siren 86 decibels available for drawing assistance if needed, with two SOS templates.
With the larger 49mm case, Apple was able to include a bigger battery. Apple Watch Ultra lasts up to 36 hours on a single charge, and with a new low power settingbattery life can last up to 60 hours for a multi-day adventure. The battery lasts long enough for users to complete a long-lasting triathlon that includes a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile full marathon.
Apple Watch Ultra features Dual-frequency GPSintegrating both L1 and L5 frequenciesplus it has new positioning algorithms It provides the most accurate GPS of any Apple Watch, meaning it also offers accurate distance, pace, and route data for training and competition .
To adapt to more extreme environments, Apple Watch Ultra can withstand a wider temperature range. It works in conditions as cold as -4 degrees Fahrenheit (-20°C) to as hot as 131 degrees Fahrenheit (55°C). The watch is MIL-STD-810H certifieda metric used for military equipment and by rugged equipment manufacturers.
For water sports, the Apple Watch Ultra holds up to kitesurfing, wakeboarding and recreational scuba diving, activities not recommended for standard Apple Watch models. The Apple Watch Ultra is WR100 and EN 13319 certified, an internationally recognized standard for diving accessories. When used for diving, the Apple Watch Ultra has a depth gauge and a dedicated Depth app which displays current depth, water temperature (using the new temperature sensor), time underwater and maximum depth reached.
Apple has designed a Wayfinder watch face for the Apple Watch Ultra, with a built-in compass and room for up to eight complications. The watch face can be customized for the mountain, ocean, or trail, and it turns red at night for better visibility. Apple Watch Ultra supports Compass Waypoints to mark a location or point of interest, and a Backtrack The feature uses GPS to create a path showing where the user has been, useful for retracing steps if lost.
In addition to features designed for exploration and adventure, Apple Watch Ultra has all the features available in the Apple Watch Series 8. It monitors heart rate, tracks sleep, can take ECG readings, monitors blood oxygen, and offers all the same fitness tracking options. All Apple Watch Ultra models have cellular connectivitywith cellular plan required to access all features.
The Apple Watch Ultra has the same temperature sensor it is in the 8 series, which measures water temperature but is also used for fertility planning for women. It improves cycle tracking and can give retrospective estimates of ovulation.
There are motion sensors in the Apple Watch Ultra that allow Collision detection, alerting emergency services in the event of a serious car accident. When a crash is detected, the Apple Watch connects to the user, then automatically calls emergency services if there is no response after a 10-second countdown.
There are three new sports-oriented groups available for the Apple Watch Ultra, including the Trail Loop, Alpine Loopand ocean band, as well as older bands designed for the 44 and 45 mm Apple Watches adapted to the new model. The Trail Loop strap is the thinnest Apple Watch strap yet, while the Alpine Loop features high-tensile thread and a woven design built for durability. The Ocean Band is intended for extreme water sports and features a flexible fluoroelastomer that can stretch to accommodate a wetsuit.
Pre-orders for the Apple Watch Ultra began on Wednesday, September 7, and it’s scheduled to launch on Friday, September 23. The Apple Watch Ultra is priced at $799.
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